Old Pulteney 12 year old
70cl / 40% abv
Built in 1826, and one of the most Northerly distilleries in the Highlands of Scotland. A mainstay in the core range since 1997. Known as the Maritime Malt, the distillery location is key. The taste is a result of a unique wash still and the bottle reflects the maritime association and unique still shape. Wholly matured in air dried hand selected ex-bourbon casks, mostly first fill American oak, there is a a suggestion of sea air on the nose of the 12 year old.
The distillery is situated in Wick on the tip of the North East coast of Scotland, 3 degrees further north than Moscow and was named after the Member of Parliament and Governor of the British Fisheries Society, Sir William Johnstone Pulteney. At a time when Wick was only accessible by sea, it became famous for two sources of prosperity barrels of silver (herring) and gold (whisky) which left the port in vast numbers.
Nose: intense and dry with powerful maritime notes to the fore, sweet vanilla later.
Palate: sweet and floral with zesty citrus and banana, a splash of salty North Sea water.
Finish: medium and oaky with a pleasant sea breeze.