Old Pulteney

Distillery Bottlings

Posted 19 February 2018

Old Pulteney announced a trio of new travel retail exclusives last month – a  2002 single cask for the 2018 Viking Whisky Fair, a 1990 Vintage (previously a London Heathrow only bottling) and a brand new 2006 Vintage bottled entirely from ex-bourbon American oak casks. Unlike some distilleries who seem to like to announce bottlings weeks or even months before they arrive in stores, I manged to pick up the 2006 Vintage just four days after the press announcement – a very timely business trip indeed.

Posted 08 June 2017

Old Pulteney 12 year old was first released in 1997 as part of Inver House Distillers repositioning of Old Pulteney into a single malt brand. The entry-level whisky is primarily matured in ex-bourbon barrels.

Posted 15 January 2018

Last Friday, the 10th anniversary Viking Line Cinderella Whisky Fair set sail from Stockholm for three separate days of cruising (over to Mariehamn, capital of the Aland Islands) and plenty of exciting whisky to sample. This popular event draws enthusiasts from around the world and regularly offers both new and exclusive expressions from supporting distilleries. This year, Old Pulteney took the opportunity to unveil three new bottlings, including an event exclusive single cask from 2002.

Posted 31 May 2018

Today, we’re presenting you with the second of our Whisky Exchange exclusive single cask catchups. As always too much whisky, too little time – but there was no way I was going to let this one pass me by. As you might know, Old Pulteney was my gateway whisky – the single malt which set me on my whisky journey many moons ago. The recently released TWE exclusive Pulteney is something of an oddity, in that its been drawn from a single sherry butt. Most single casks releases from this distillery tend to be ex-bourbon – American oak being perfectly suited to maturing the sharp and crisp salt-tinged distillate that is a hallmark of the Wick-based distillery.

Posted 08 June 2017

Old Pulteney's 17 year old was launched in 2004. It is a matured in both ex-bourbon casks and Spanish sherry casks (both Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez).

Posted 08 June 2017

Old Pulteney's flagship core product is the 21 year old. It was released in 2005 and is a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, including Oloroso and fino sherries. It was named the best whisky in the world in Jim Murray’s whisky bible in 2012 and has picked up a string of gold medal awards since.

Posted 24 July 2017

Tasting whiskies which have already won awards is a tricky business. It’s all too easy to be either be disappointed when the expected existential experience fails to materialise – or simply to forget, that at the end of the day it’s all a matter of opinion, and in the case of whisky awards, that opinion was probably not yours. Old Pulteney’s 1989 Vintage took the gong of ‘World’s Best Single Malt Whisky’ at the 2016 World Whisky Awards. This is no mean feat if you cast your eye over the wide competition it was up against.

Posted 10 August 2018

Old Pulteney’s 40 year old was released in 2012 – it remains the oldest bottling the distillery has produced – though when I visited a few years back, Distillery Manager Malcolm Waring clearly had his sights firmly on setting aside casks for releasing a 50 year old expression at some point in the future. The OP 40 year old is composed of three ex-sherry hogsheads and a single ex-bourbon barrel – as such, only 493 bottles were produced. Word on the Internet is that whilst the casks would need to have been distilled in 1972 to achieve a 40 year old age statement, some of them were actually older, having been distilled back in 1968.

Independent Bottlings


Posted 07 August 2017

Well-aged Old Pulteney is not something you’ll see every day of the week. The maritime malt is available in many different guises, and there are sporadic independent bottlings of all ages to seek out, but bottlings that have been matured over 30+ years are a fairly infrequent sighting and are much harder to come by. But, there are options, and as is often the case, they’re provided to us by the ever-excellent Gordon & MacPhail.


Posted 09 November 2017

Old Pulteney makes a rare appearance with a bottling distilled on 18 June 2001. It spent 14 years in an ex-Bourbon barrel before being moved over to a 1st fill ex-wine hogshead for another year of maturation. One of 219 bottles. Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits flavour profile.



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