Keeping with the maritime theme, my next review is for the official maritime malt, Old Pulteney 12. Distilled in Wick, Scotland, Old Pulteney easily marries the heritage of a bygone fishing industry into the spirit of their scotch. The 19th century saw a boom in herring fishing and with it came a seafaring burst of thousands of workers to Wick. The Pulteney distillery rode the wave (so to speak) and was founded at the same time. If you’re interested the Old Pulteney site has a great lode of information.
Color: E150, brown/amber, new leather
Nose: Briny, fresh sea air, wet minerals/rocks, seaweed, wafting smoke, later a sweet and caramel malt
Palate Thin, brisk, airy, light, salty kelpy brine. Truly delightful and crisp with a tendril of smoke from an extinguished bonfire at low tide.
Finish: medium, smoky again and still light, hint of floral begins to play with this maritime heavy wind theme. enjoyable, but left me wanting
Overall this is truly a delicious dram worth repeating, you know, to compare your previous notes.