Known as the ‘Maritime Malt’, Old Pulteney is distilled in Wick at the most northern mainland distillery in the UK. Being a coastal distillery you really do get a hint of ‘saltiness’ in the malts produced here. I’ve only visited Wick once, while on the last leg of cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats which is only 15 to 20 miles further on; I remember wandering around in my cycling gear attracting strange looks…
Old Pulteney is yet another one of those distilleries that has upped their game recently and has been producing award winning malts over the past few years. Matured in air dried Bourbon casks the 12 year old is the core of the range and is a bright amber colour in the glass. The nose leads with a nutty (hazelnut and almonds), vanilla and cream aroma. Everything is balanced and that faint hint of salt sits nicely in the back ground.
On the palate immediately you notice it is smooth and not overly powerful. Nutty but with hints of dried fruit also. The vanilla from the nose turns into toffee on the palate. Try it with a few pieces of very good quality milk chocolate. Blimey this is easy to drink, cracking price too! Available in our shops and on our website here. Handily, there’s also a half bottle available too