Old Pulteney is celebrating the launch of its new range with treats to tempt malt whisky lovers over the festive and Burns seasons.
The Maritime Malt has added three exquisite new expressions to its family, with the non-aged smoky Huddart, 15 and 18 Years Old expressions joining Old Pulteney’s signature award-winning 12 Years Old malt – with the full range now featuring a beautiful new design on its bottle and box.
Huddart: Named in honour of the street on which the Pulteney Distillery was founded in Wick, Huddart is a distinctively smoky take on the classic Old Pulteney style. A non-age statement malt, Huddart has been finished in casks that once held peated whisky, adding a richly warming smoky character with great depth. After initial notes of mellow wood smoke, honey and oily leather, Huddart blooms into crisp green apple, with creamy vanilla and a hint of burnt toffee in the background. Flavours of freshly-ground spices and soft vanilla balance the central notes of smoke and peat fire, supported by richly sweet and faint salty coastal flavours in the background, together reminiscent of salted caramel. ABV 46% RRP £45.
15 Years Old: A naturally rich, amber-coloured whisky, the 15 Years Old expression is Old Pulteney’s most balanced and smooth single malt. Bursting with aromas of rich dried fruit, ripe apples and citrus, with honey sweetness and a generous chord of creamy vanilla, 15 Years Old unites spice and sweetness, balancing both sides of Old Pulteney’s character with rich flavours and lighter, refreshing coastal notes. There are flavours of Christmas cake and fragrant spices, with layers of chocolate and a distinct dark toffee sweetness, whilst the finish delivers a faint hint of salty sea air. RRP £70 / ABV 46%
18 Years Old: Completing the new portfolio, 18 Years Old takes its character and colour entirely from the American oak casks and Spanish sherry butts in which it has been matured, delivering a deep amber colour. This indulgent and deeply warming expression features notes of chocolate and spice, while allowing for the influence of more vibrant, zesty flavours. Rich chocolate and creamy vanilla notes are enriched by the sweetness of honey tempered by vibrant spices and a hint of flowery fruitiness, citrus and apple. Flavours of chocolate, honeyed spices and Christmas cake combine with floral notes which lend a dash of finesse, complemented by zesty hints of citrus and green apple to ensure a lively, long finish. RRP £115 / ABV 46%
12 Years Old: Finally, Old Pulteney’s long standing, multi award-winning expression, the golden-coloured 12 Years Old embodies the distinctive taste and character of the maritime malt. Matured for 12 years in air-dried, hand-selected ex-bourbon casks, it delivers a hint of its coastal location, combined with the rich sweetness of American oak. On the palate, 12 Years Old is dry, medium bodied and smooth with flavours of honey and cream, faintly salty with a slight spicy note and a sweet long-lasting finish. 12 Years Old is the perfect introduction to the Old Pulteney Family. ABV 40% / RRP £32
Made by the sea on Scotland’s most remote and rugged Highland coast, Old Pulteney is known and celebrated around the world for its superb character and quality, and the faint salty note that speaks of the place where it’s made and its centuries old link to the sea.
Every cask is distilled and matured at Pulteney Distillery in Wick, one of the most northerly distilleries on the British mainland. Sitting on the wild eastern tip of the breath-taking Caithness coastline, gusts of North Sea air blow across Pulteney’s traditional warehouses, giving every drop of whisky its subtle briny quality.
Little has changed in the way that Old Pulteney is crafted at Pulteney distillery since it was founded in 1826, at a time when Wick was a thriving fishing port and known as the herring capital of Europe. Techniques are used to this day that other distillers have long forgotten, alongside meticulous cask selection. As a result, each bottle of Old Pulteney has a quality and depth that is hard to match, delivering a flavour spectrum from vanilla to spice with its distinctive coastal quality.
Old Pulteney 12 Years Old is now available in multiple retailers, and the full range can be purchased at specialist outlets including The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop, Master of Malt and Royal Mile Whiskies.