The Old Pulteney Distillery takes it’s name from Sir William Pulteney, who founded Pulteneytown where the distillery is based. Sat on the coast line of Wick, the area was once at the heart of the herring fishing industry. James Henderson founded the distillery in 1826 at the height of the herring boom, with many of the workers moonlighting as fishermen. As the most northern distillery on the British mainland it is only accessible by sea, with barley being brought in by boat and the whisky shipped out.
The Old Pulteney distillery is a malt whisky ageing and production facility, established in 1826 in the name of the late Sir William Pulteney, it sits on one of the northernmost shores of the Scottish mainland, and for years remained isolated and largely inaccessible.
This made the site the ideal location to perfect the distinctive, award-winning character of Old Pulteney whisky in peace and quiet. The character of their whisky manages to capture and bottle the very spirit of the ocean itself, with traditional warehouses that are exposed to the brisk, salty air of the North Sea.
This geographical influence makes Old Pulteney a robust whisky, you’ll find zesty notes of lemon and lime along with the smoke and brine you’d expect from a whisky that’s as coastal as it gets.