Old Pulteney 21 Year Old was voted '2012 World Whisky of the Year' by the prestigious "Jim Murray's Whisky Bible." Scoring a record-equalling 97.5 points out of 100, it is only the third time that a single malt has ever won the prestigious award, and we are just the second Scottish distillery to do so.
Founded in 1826 by James Henderson at the height of Wick’s celebrated herring boom, the Pulteney Distillery is one of the most northerly on the British mainland.
At a time when road links to the town were yet to be established, the distillery was dependent on the sea for its supply of barley and for the shipping out of its malt whisky. Wick became known for the barrels of silver (herring) and gold (whisky) which left the port in vast numbers.
As with the 17 Years Old, with this expression they marry together Old Pulteney matured in ex-bourbon casks with spirit from ex-Oloroso sherry casks. Mostly using second fill American oak, plus some Spanish oak first fill. However, there is a higher proportion of ex-Oloroso sherry cask compared to the 17 Years Old.
APPEARANCE: Golden amber with straw highlights.
AROMA: Full bodied with traces of fruits (apples and pears); slightly fragrant with spicy overtones.
TASTE: Creamy, toffee, vanilla, baked red apple with a hint of smokiness and a dry finish.