Old Pulteney 21 Year Old and 1989 Vintage 25 Year - Old World's Best Whiskies Collector's Set (70cl x2, 46%)
Collector's Twin Pack No 42 of 276.
This is a nicely presented twin pack containing 'the world's best whiskies'. Old Pulteney 21 Year Old won World Whisky of the Year in 2012, whilst the 1989 Vintage (bottled 2015) won the World's Best Single Malt award at the World Whiskies Awards in 2016.
The 21 year age-statement was introduced in 2005 as a limited edition small batch of 3000 bottles, but quickly became a mainstay of the portfolio. Old Pulteney 21 Year Old has been voted 2012 World Whisky of the Year by the prestigious "Jim Murray's Whisky Bible." Scoring a record-equalling 97.5 points out of 100, it is only the third time that a single malt has ever won the prestigious award, and we are just the second Scottish distillery to do so. This expression was discontinued in 2017 along with the 17 year old, both replaced by a 15 and 18 year old in a revamped core range the following year.
Pronounced World’s Best Single Malt Whisky of 2016 by prestigious World Whiskies Awards, Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage is the result of maturation in casks previously filled with peaty whisky from, Isle of Islay. A thin veil of smoke complements Old Pulteney’s signature style to form an exceptionally complex expression of the Maritime Malt, complete with the elusive hint of the open sea. Each bottle is natural colour and non chill-filtered at 46% abv, a true embodiment of our whisky distillery’s craftsmanship.
The Pulteney distillery in Wick was built in 1826, and for a long time was the northernmost distillery on the Scottish mainland. Acquired by John Dewar & Sons in 1924, the distillery was quickly forced to close down in 1930, as Prohibition in its hometown was enacted to attempt to curb drunkenness among its maritime society. When it re-opened in 1955, the majority of its output was reserved for blending, although Gordon & MacPhail were licensed to bottle a single malt by Allied Breweries (later Allied Domecq). Its single malt was known as "Old Pulteney" on their labels, and this tradition remained when Inver House, who acquired the distillery in 1995, released Pulteney's first distillery bottlings.