Old Pulteney is the northernmost distillery in mainland Scotland. The distillery is situated the harbour town of Wick which means you can expect some maritime notes from this malt. Old Pulteney being situated within a town is a trait shared with only a few distilleries and is the embodiment of history and tradition.
Old Pulteney 17 Year Old It is noticeably darker than the 12 Year Old with a rich dark red amber hue on the eye. It has a sweet nose with a trace of apple and pear along with a slightly woody hint and the faintest whisper of butterscotch. The palate is big and bold, dominated by vanilla and softened by floral notes in the background. A long-lasting memorable finish that brings you back to this exceptional malt again and again.
As with the 12 Year Old I was lucky enough to first taste this up at the distillery itself last year while on a tour. The 17-year-old predominantly features ex-bourbon maturation, with the addition of spirit that has been wholly matured in Spanish wood ex-sherry casks, which is where I first tasted this malt surrounded by casks upon casks of the stuff. There is so much subtle depth and complexity to this malt. I am a big fan of this malt and can’t say enough good things about it. it sits just in the middle between high and lower price malts of its class and you will be hard pushed to find better!A Bottle will set you back anywhere between £51 and £59