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OLD PULTENEY Single Malt Scotch Whisky

James Henderson founded Old Pulteney in 1826 at the height of Wick’s celebrated herring boom. The Pulteney Distillery is one of the most northerly Scotch whisky distilleries on the British mainland. Furthermore, there was a time when road links to the town were yet to be established.

However, the distillery was dependent on the sea. The distillery needed sea transport for its supply of barley and for the shipping out of its malt whisky. Wick became known for the barrels of silver (herring) and gold (whisky) which left the port in vast numbers.


The quality of both our whisky and the process by which we make it remains a source of pride. The traditional craftsmanship deployed when the distillery first opened its doors in 1826. It is what continues to characterise Old Pulteney single malt Scotch whisky nearly two centuries later.

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Throughout the long and eventful history of Pulteney Distillery, the quality of both our whisky and the process by which we make it remains.


Once brought in by sea, our virtually unpeated malt is now sourced from a selection of the UK’s foremost suppliers.


Our four-roller Porteus mill is deployed to grind the malt into grist in 25kg batches Mashing Built from stainless steel with a copper canopy, our semi-lauter mash tun will complete 19 mashes per week, with five tonnes of malt milled.


Our two uniquely-shaped stills have long been a source of fascination, and indeed are the source of inspiration for our bottle shape Fermentation The distillery houses six washbacks, five made of Corten steel and one of stainless steel, with a working capacity of 23,500 litres.


Our whisky owes much to the merits of the casks in which it matures, we use both American oak ex-bourbon and Spanish oak ex-sherry casks.