Old Pulteney Highland Whisky Distillery
This distillery is on the northern edge of the Highlands of Scotland in Wick and originally you would have needed a boat to access Old Pulteney distillery. This hampered Old Pulteney in its early years with ingredients having to be shipped by boat and again the whisky shipped out. As a result of the location many of the distillery workers doubled as fisherman. A James Henderson founded Old Pulteney in 1826 and the distillery continues to this day using the same methods of production and as a result this is regarded amongst the elite of Highland single malt scotch whisky. By the early 20th century ownership had passed to James Watson & Co Ltd of Dundee, who was purchased by John Dewar & Sons Ltd a few years later. Like many whisky distilleries across Scotland at the time it was taken over by DCL but it was mothballed in 1930 before a lawyer by the name of Cumming from Banff brought it back into operation a full 20 years later. Mr Cumming did a great job in getting the name out there and it attracted the attention of whisky magnate Hiram Walker who purchased the distillery in 1955 in invested thousands of pounds refurbishing the now tired Old Pulteney distillery.
Not much single malt was officially released from Old Pulteney until Inverhouse Distillers took ownership in 1995 and released Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky to much acclaim. The reason is perhaps that the stills at Old Pulteney are rather unique in that when the stills were originally delivered they were too high to enter the building so the manager at the time just cut the neck off. This probably makes the product more like old illicit farm distilled whiskies which did not have the luxury of large swan neck stills.
The single malt scotch whisky from here is well refined and a great value great quality whisky.
Taste: A rather fruity start on the nose with vanilla, citrus and apples on the palate and the finish has delicate smokiness.