Highlighted by one of the richest Old Pulteney bottlings we’ve tried, The Oak Barrel can confirm a vertical tasting evening dedicated to the iconic Pulteney distillery, now almost exclusively known with the prefix “Old”.
Indeed, there is a lot of history associated with the distillery. Founded in 1826 in Wick, on the country’s north east coast, Pulteney’s character and story is informed and inspired by its location. A fishing town whose fortunes rise and fall with the ocean, the Pulteney’s flavour and presentation has long been associated with the seaside. For a long time it was the most northerly distillery on the mainland, a title that the reincarnation of Wolfburn in Thurso now holds.
It’s still up for debate just how much impact sea air pounding onto a warehouse fill of barrels has, but two things we can be sure of is that Wick is windy and the single malt that comes from Pulteney has a background, but discernible, coastal, salty note.
A unique distillery, fermentations are relatively long and push out from 50 to 110 hours and their two stills use stainless steel worm tubs. Taking the veritable 12-Year-Old at face value, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Pulteney whiskies tow the light, American oak-driven line – but the spirit is much more complex than that. Heavy and oily at youth, teenage-to-middle age shows a lot of fruit and older vintages can be quite resinous.
Speaking of which, a major drawcard to the night is undoubtedly the 1983 Vintage, one of the richest Pulteney’s we’ve had come across our desk. With time spent in ex-oloroso sherry casks, this is a decadent, rich 33-year-old expression.
In 2016 a 1090 vintage, that had been partly matured in ex-peated whisky casks, was named the world’s best single malt at the World Whiskies Awards. That success has inspired the new Huddart, an non-age statement with the same thin masking of smoke from previous casks that the ’89 had. We’ll also be trying the new 18-Year-Old and 25-Year-Old, introduced to replace the previous 17 and 21-year-olds.
The night, the first we've dedicated to the distillery, will be hosted by Old Pulteney Australian manager Andrew Milne.
Strictly one night only, strictly over 18.
What We’ll Be Trying
Old Pulteney 12-Year-Old
Old Pulteney 15-Year-Old
Old Pulteney 18-Year-Old
Old Pulteney 25-Year-Old
Old Pulteney 1983 Vintage
Old Pulteney Huddart
WHAT: What's New From Old Pulteney Whisky Tasting
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney, 2000
WHEN: Wednesday 26 February, doors open 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: $75 for members, $85 for guests
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