Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

2023 Award Winner - Double Gold at World Spirits Competition San Francisco

Old Pulteney produces hand-crafted single malt whiskies and age them next to the sea, thereby giving them an unmistakable coastal character. The distillery was founded in 1826 by James Henderson and was named after the newly developed Pulteneytown area of Wick. At the time it was one (and still is) of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland, and due to a lack of conventional roads, was only accessible by sea. The raw barley was brought in by boat and the whisky was then shipped out by distillery workers who were also herring fishermen.
Through acquisitions and changes in company structures, the distillery ended up with Allied Domecq, who in 1995, sold it to its present owners – Inver House Distillers.
Today, the herring fishing industry has long since gone, but Pulteney Distillery remains steadfast. The dedicated distillery team, led by Malcolm Waring, produce approximately 900,000 litres of single malt scotch whisky a year. Their dedication to their craft embodies the heritage, spirit and heart of Wick – every one of them proud to produce Old Pulteney, the Maritime Malt.

In 1997, the now-iconic Old Pulteney 12 Years Old was released, beginning a new era for Old Pulteney. Matured wholly in air dried, hand selected ex-bourbon casks, the ‘unashamedly excellent’ Old Pulteney 12-years-old is the definitive expression in the Old Pulteney family.

    Nose:    A malty sweet nose, with caramel fudge and lemon candy. The sweetness is countered by a mint-like freshness with some coastal air.

    Taste:    Rather malty and sweet. Citrus fruits combine well with a slight saltiness. Some cacao and dill linger on the background.

    Finish:    Fresh herbs and spices in the finish, including aniseed, some sweets and caramel. The brininess of the palate returns, this indeed is a maritime malt.