Old Pulteney Distillery and Visitor Centre

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Sun, 2010-01-03

Since 1826, the Pulteney Distillery has crafted a Single Malt Scotch Whisky that is the very essence of it’s remarkable location. In the very far north of Scotland, by Wick’s historic harbour, the quietly maturing spirit lies in hand-selected oak casks, slowly capturing the unique character of this stunning landscape with it’s long seafaring history.

The Old Pulteney Distillery is an aging malt whisky production facility in Pulteneytown. The distillery produces the Old Pulteney Single Malt whisky at a number of ages and has a visitor centre in Huddart Street. Be sure to telephone or call in to arrange a tour and discover how the spirit is distilled, find out about the “smuggler’s kettle” and many other interesting facts about the distillery and distilling process.

Like Pulteneytown the distillery is named for Sir William Pulteney, 5th Baronet. The distillery was established in 1826 when Pulteneytown was quite newly established as a herring fishing port. The distillery is the most northerly on the Scottish mainland and was quite inaccessible, when established, except by sea. Barley was brought in by sea, and the whisky was shipped out the same way. At that time many of the distillery workers were also fishermen. Old Pulteney is promoted as a Highland single-malt Scotch.

As with all unique whiskies, interest grew in the Distillery and in June 2000 the Old Pulteney Visitor Centre had its prestigious opening. The Visitor centre and shop are housed within the distillery itself in an old maturation warehouse. On completion of a distillery tour one can peruse the Visitor centre, absorbing the history of the distillery and the surrounding area of Wick. The Visitor Centre shop is open to all, selling a wide range of Old Pulteney products plus some interesting little gems.

Old Pulteney Distillery makes a range of single malt whiskies from 12 to 21 year matured whisky. The whisky is said to have the nose and faint taste of sea air. The Distillery is open for guided tours of the malt whisky making process – you can call in to book or ring on the number below. There is also a warm, welcoming shop on site where you can purchase a range of items from miniatures to full size bottles.

Working distillery and visitor centre, providing guided tours through the history of Old Pulteney and a complimentary dram. Guided tours available.

The distillery is now owned by Inver House Distillers Limited. Other Inver House distilleries include the Speyburn-Glenlivet Distillery, Knockdhu Distillery: Knockdhu Brands – anCnoc Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Balblair Distillery and Balmenach Distillery.

Getting There
There is no easy way! Old Pulteney is the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland. It stands in the suburbs of Wick, about 18 miles from John O’Groats, in a rugged, windswept, sea-pounded area with ancient ruined castles all around.

Contact: Old Pulteney Distillery and Visitor Centre Tel: 01955 602 371. Fax: 01955 602 279

Web: http://www.oldpulteney.com/

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