The by-line on Old Pulteney labels is "the maritime malt" and it is probably the classic coastal whisky. The distillery is in the northern Highlands, just 20 miles from John O’Groats and is the most northerly mainland distillery. Old Pulteney is owned by Inverhouse and the majority of the 3 million litre production goes into the classy blend Ballentines. However, there are now 12, 17, 21 and 30 year old distillery bottlings and the 21 year old won the Whisky Bible’s whisky of the year award in 2012. The 12 year old is pretty good too!
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Sweet almond biscuit, creme caramel, lemon pith, green apples, salt and a hint of oak.
Palate: An immediate hit of oak, softening to a salty bitter lemon, sweet tobacco and vanilla on the finish.
Retails for around £25