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 21 Year Old Golden amber with straw highlights catch your eye and wink out at you. Then comes the nose with ripe fruits of apple and pear, such fragrant malt with a slight spice undertone. the palate is sweet to start with a light fruitiness then hints of honey and vanilla come through followed by a dry finish.
As with the 12YO and 17YO I was lucky enough to taste this up at the distillery itself up at Wick. Wick back in the day was known for the barrels of silver (herring) and gold (whisky) which left the port in vast numbers. There is no doubt as to this malt being worth its weight in gold as it has one more prestigious awards that you could throw a stick at including being voted 2012 World Whisky of the Year by the prestigious “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” Scoring 97.5 points out of 100, it is only the third time that a single malt has ever won the prestigious award. It is undoubtedly a stunning malt and I was blown away by it the richness and depth that it holds is stunning. A bottle could be anything between £71 and £90 but I have seen it a high as £130!