Whisky of the Week: Previous Pulteney 18 12 months Previous

The Whisky of the Week is Previous Pulteney 18 12 months Previous. What a deal with you have got in retailer for Adam!

Whisky of the Week is an easy collection. We ask you to vote for the whisky you wish to see us style. You get three choices, posted on our Instagram tales. Then Jess or I’ll seize a bottle and telephone, level the latter within the route of the previous, and do some waffle about what you must anticipate from the whisky. This week I’m carrying a Star Wars jumper whereas doing it. Neat.

However what’s actually cool about Whisky of the Week is that you just guys at all times ensure that we’ve got one thing very tasty in our glass. It’s a kindness Jess and I recognize. Particularly when it means we get to style one thing like Previous Pulteney 18 12 months Previous. 

Old Pulteney 18 Year Old

In our tasting glasses at this time is the beautiful Previous Pulteney 18 12 months Previous

Placing Pulteney in our glasses

The Previous Pulteney whisky distillery was based in 1826 by James Henderson and will get its title from the Pulteneytown space of Wick. It’s one in all Scotland’s most northerly mainland whisky producers and for a very long time was solely accessible by sea. Barley could be introduced in by boat by herring fishermen. A less complicated time.

Current proprietor Inver Home Distillers (which additionally counts Speyburn, Knockdhu, and extra in its portfolio) is eager to make sure you know the model continues to be tied to the ocean, calling it The Maritime Malt in a lot of its press. That is as a result of reality the whiskies age subsequent to the ocean, which when mixed with low temperature and excessive humidity, is alleged to massively affect Previous Pulteney’s character in the direction of the coastal. How a lot impact sea air has on maturation is debated, however the whisky positively has a particular salinity to it, so there’s one thing happening right here. 

Some 900,000 litres of single malt Scotch whisky is made at Previous Pulteney per 12 months, utilizing delicate, pure water from Loch Hempriggs and a 100-year-old Porteus mill which processes 5 tonnes of native un-peated malt barley into grist each two and a half hours. Lengthy sixty-hour fermentations happen in six stainless-steel washbacks earlier than distillation takes place in a wash and spirit nonetheless. The previous is a boiling ball form that conjures up the bottle design of our Whisky of the Week, and conventional worm tub condensers make sure the whisky has weight and texture.

Maturation isn’t all about location, in fact, however cask kind and Previous Pulteney makes use of each American oak and Spanish oak casks, which you’ll see within the 18-year-old expression. Launched again in August 2018, it was aged in second-fill bourbon casks then completed in first-fill Spanish oak oloroso sherry casks. It’s bottled at 46% ABV and has all that Pultney coasted allure, however there’s extra to it, with a wealthy, cakey density and delicate honeyed sweetness. Pretty stuff.

Adam tastes Previous Pulteney 18 12 months Previous

Nostril: Malty and wealthy with raisins, candy tobacco, and honey, in addition to hints of chocolate cookies and marzipan. All through there’s loads of the anticipated seaside salinity. 

Palate: Gingercake and nutmeg deliver extra fragrant spice which is pleasantly complemented by candy sultanas, tinned peaches, and marmalade, in addition to touches of salted peanut butter.

End: Oaky char and spice linger with a touch of lime peel.

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Adam O’Connell has been writing for Grasp of Malt for over 5 years now. He’s visited distilleries, wineries, and breweries the world over, reviewed quite a lot of whiskies, gins, rums, Tequilas, mezcals, brandies, vodkas, wines, beers, and cocktails, and contributed every kind of phrases in all types of locations, together with over 500 articles to this award-winning on-line weblog. He’s even met Aisling Bea AND Ainsley Harriott. Not on the similar time.

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