Old Pulteney 25 Year Old First Release 2017 (70cl, 46%)
Launched in 2017, this is a 25 year aged Old Pulteney, matured in a combination of American oak and Spanish oak casks. This version was produced for two years before being repackaged as part of the new core range in 2019.
Announced in September 2017, Old Pulteney 25 Year Old is a handsome single malt from the distillery in Wick. It was aged for quarter of a century, starting out in American oak casks for 22 years before being moved over to ex-Oloroso Sherry Spanish oak butts for the remainder of its maturation.
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.