Old Pulteney distillery

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Old Pulteney
Pulteney Distillery.jpeg
The Pulteney distillery.
Region: Highland
Owner InterBev (Inver House Distillers)
Founded 1826
Status Active
No. of stills 1 wash still, 1 spirit still
Capacity 1,000,000 litres

The Pulteney Distillery is a malt whisky production and aging facility in the Pulteneytown area of Wick, Caithness, in the Highland area of Scotland. The distillery produces the Old Pulteney single malt whisky at a number of ages and has a visitor centre in Huddart Street.

History[edit]

The distillery was established in 1826[1] in the name of Sir William Pulteney (who died in 1805), and for whom Pulteneytown is named. The distillery is the most northerly on the Scottish mainland and was quite inaccessible, except by sea, when established. Barley was brought in by sea, and the whisky was shipped out the same way. Many of the distillery workers were also employed as fishermen. The herring fishing industry is no longer part of daily life in Wick but the distillery continues to operate, producing a Highland single malt with a reputation as one of the finest available. Characteristics of the whisky are attributed to exposure to sea air during maturation.[1]

The distillery closed in 1930 due to declining trade after the local parish enforced prohibition laws but re-opened in 1951 when the vote was rescinded after the law was abolished.[2] It is now owned by Inver House Distillers.[3]

The Pulteney site uses water from an old mill lade, constructed by Thomas Telford.[4] This stream flows out of Loch Hempriggs, 3 or 4 kilometres (2 miles) to the south/southwest, and is reputed to have powered a barley mill at or near the site of the distillery.

Awards[edit]

Old Pulteney is a multi-award-winning collection of whiskies that has secured some of the top awards around the world. Including the prestigious ‘World Whisky of the Year’ in ‘Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible’ awarded to Old Pulteney 21 Years Old. Current awards include:

International Wine and Spirit Competition 2017

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old - Silver Outstanding

Old Pulteney 17 Years Old – Silver

New York International Spirits Competition 2017

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old - Gold

International Spirits Challenge 2017 [5]

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old – Silver

Old Pulteney 35 Years Old 2nd Release – Silver

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 [6]

Old Pulteney 21 Years Old - 94 points, finalist

Old Pulteney Navigator - 92 points

Old Pulteney Clipper - 91 points

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old - 88 points

IWSC 2016 [7]

Old Pulteney 21 Years Old – Gold

Old Pulteney 17 Years Old – Silver Outstanding

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old – Silver Outstanding

Old Pulteney Noss Head – Silver Outstanding

Old Pulteney Navigator – Silver

Old Pulteney Duncansby Head - Silver

International Spirits Challenge 2016 [8]

Old Pulteney 21 Years Old – Gold

Old Pulteney 17 Years Old – Silver

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old – Silver

Old Pulteney Duncansby Head – Silver

Old Pulteney 35 Years Old 1st Release – Silver

Old Pulteney Dunnet Head - Silver

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016 [9]

Old Pulteney Navigator – 92 points

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old – 89 points

Old Pulteney 17 Years Old – 89 points

World Whiskies Awards 2016

Old Pulteney 1989 - Worlds Best Single Malt [10]

Old Pulteney 17 Years Old – Silver

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016[11]

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old - Gold

Old Pulteney Navigator - Silver

Berlin World Spirits Competition 2016 [12]

Old Pulteney – Highland Scotch Distillery of the Year

Old Pulteney 12 Years Old – Silver

Old Pulteney Navigator - Silver

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Coordinates: 58°26′04″N 03°05′05″W / 58.43444°N 3.08472°W / 58.43444; -3.08472