Old Pulteney Distillery, Wick, Highlands, Scotland
We are dealing here with a big size of the Old Pulteney Highland Maritime Distillery, with 21 whiskey distilled in 1983!
In addition to being the most northerly distillery on the British mainland, Old Pulteney is one of the only distilleries to have been named in honor of an individual, in this case Sir William Johnstone Pulteney, who gave his name to Pulteneytown, to Wick.
One of his stills has no traditional neck, because it seems that the manager of the time had cut so that the machine passes the door frame of the distillery.
As Sir William Pulteney himself put it so well (1729-1805):
A decapitated eunuch, it has neither tail nor head ...
Rich apricot jam and autumn sun.
Assault of a light breeze of turpentine easy enough to sweep the backhand. We then leave room for barley and spices. We pass after by apples and ripe fruit to finish on accents of wood and rose water.
Smooth on notes of honeycomb, spicy cereals and dry oak. The apples hover permanently over everything else.
The dry, dusty oak remains in the mouth for a long time, accompanied by small, safe and salty apples. Hint of vanilla?
Beautiful blend of beautiful Highland features. Recalls at times some notable expressions of Glen Garioch, at other times a Glenmo, but always with that little maritime side that these last two do not have.