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Old Pulteney Pineau Des Charentes Finish

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During the nineteenth century, the town of Wick was the herring fishing capital of Europe and as many as 1,000 boats used the port. Indeed, Pulteneytown, the area of Wick south of the river, was built for this purpose in 1810 by its namesake, Sir William Pulteney. The Pulteney distillery itself was founded by James Hendersen in 1826. Lying close to the coast to the south of Wick, the distillery was only accessible by sea and to this day remains Scotland’s northernmost mainland distillery. The whisky was exported on boats and barley was shipped in and its maritime traditions were such that distillery workers also moonlighted as fishermen.

Pulteney operated under Buchanan-Dewar, who became part of Distillers Company Limited in 1925. Five years later the stills of Pulteney fell silent. It was not before two decades had passed, that production restarted, following Robert Cumming’s acquisition in 1951. Allied Breweries purchased the distillery along with parent company James & George Stodart Ltd in 1961.

Following the acquisition of Pedro Domecq, Allied sold the Pulteney whisky distillery to Inver House Distillers who remain the owners, though since 2006 they have been under Thai Beverage control. The distillery is relatively small with a capacity of just one million litres annually. Single malt whisky is bottled under the name Old Pulteney and there have been both official and independent releases over the years.

Old Pulteney Pineau Des Charentes Finish

A limited-edition single malt from Old Pulteney that was initially matured in American oak casks, before being finished in specially-selected French oak Pineau des Charentes casks, creating layers of sweetness that compliment Old Pulteney's signature salty character.

Established in 1862 in the thriving fishing port of Wick in the north of Scotland, Pulteney distillery has been defined and shaped by its stunning coastal home. Distilled and matured by the coast, its warehouses are exposed to the elements and the invigorating air blowing in from the North Sea. Every drop of whisky reflects those elements, offering everything from subtle coastal hints to more defined saltiness that mingles with vanilla and spice. The Coastal series embraces the impact the North Sea has on Old Pulteney single malts, pairing it with casks sourced from equally-coastal locations around the world.

Legend has it that Pineau des Charentes was made around 400 years ago in the Charente-Maritime region of France’s southwest coast, when fermenting grape juice ('must') was added to a barrel containing Cognac eau-de-vie by mistake. Like wine, Pineau des Charentes is made in white, red and rosé styles. The white and rosé styles are typically served chilled as an aperitif, whereas red and aged white and rosé styles make an excellent match for cheeses.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Fragrant and rich with honey sweetness and vanilla at the base. Intense fruitiness starts jammy and stewed and develops into candied oranges and sticky balsamic raisins. Hints of toasted spices and powder pepper complete this stunning profile.

Palate: Viscous and lingering. Warm spices like nutmeg and cardamom lead, followed by gentle nuttiness, overall reminiscent of dukkah. Beautifully structured oakiness is perfumed with a wine reduction and balanced by creamy vanilla.

Finish: Caramelised hazelnuts and ground spices grow into an immense, lingering finish. It tails off into a broad sweetness, drying ever so slowly towards a savoury finale of coastal minerality.

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