Bow Wave | Old Pulteney | Single Malt Scotch Whisky



Unveiling its oldest expression to date, a 45 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky titled Bow Wave, in a monumental milestone in our history. This never-to-be-repeated masterpiece is available exclusively through the biennial Distillers’ One of One auction, offering an unprecedented opportunity to own a piece of Old Pulteney’s history.

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a monumental milestone in the distillery’s history

With rarity at its core, this never-to-be-repeated whisky was nurtured for forty-five years at Pulteney Distillery on the most northerly shores of Scotland, each drop breathing in the sea air as it slowly evolved its distinctive character. Spending four decades in hand-selected American oak casks before resting for a further five years of maturation in a single first fill Spanish oak butt Old Pulteney “Bow Wave” is a testament to the pride, patience, and craftsmanship of this award-winning distillery. The magnificent liquid remains true to Old Pulteney’s house style yet beneath its unmistakable coastal character, subtle wisps of sea spray and notes of sweet honey, Bow Wave boasts an unquestionably complex flavour profile delivering an exquisitely balanced rich whisky with a lavish golden hue.

Master Glass Blower Brodie Nairn
The Jewel in Old Pulteney’s collection
Taking inspiration from a beautifully shaped pebble that my wife and I found while walking along a beach on the Caithness Coast, we settled on the Cabachon shape that you now see at the heart of the sculpture. The changing colours of the vessel, from a deep blue to clear light, reflect the ever-changing nature of the sea. At its heart, however, is the whisky itself. To reveal the liquid gold inside we used a technique of inciso cuts. This decorative cut was technique I learned during my time on the island of Murano in Italy at the hands of masters of their craft. Not only does it give a glimpse of what is inside this vessel, but the golden light that comes through the glass recalls the glinting light of a sunset as it reflects off the ripples in the Sea.
Brodie Nairn

A harmonious piece that tells the story of Old Pulteney, of Wick, the Caithness Coast and the rare whisky inside

This exceptionally rare 45 Years Old single malt takes its name from the wave that forms at the bow of a ship when it moves through the water, a notion that has also inspired its physical form. Conceptualised and crafted in Scotland the deep blue bottle itself is crafted from hand blown glass and symbolises progression through the crashing ocean waves. The glass features the complex artistic technique of inciso cuts to create rippled markings from the base spanning towards the center of bottle to reveal glimpses of the luxurious golden whisky housed within. The unfaltering attention to detail also sees the bottle’s cork hidden within the glass sculpture and accessed only through a bespoke handcrafted anchor key. What’s more meticulously crafted Scottish silverware surrounds the bottle to represent the crashing ocean waves, all of which is then expertly placed on one of Scotland’s most unique natural resources, rich grey slate from the distillery’s home in Caithness. A truly breathtaking presentation to pay homage to the exceptionally rare coastal malt hidden inside.

Dave Broom, Whisky Writer
Complex and fascinating, Remarkable
Glowing amber. Refined, clearly mature, yet still fresh. There’s hints of dried pineapple, a slight wax polish, then scented sandalwood and myrhh. In time, there’s oxidised nutty notes, then leather oils which stray towards varnish. Complex and fascinating.The plate is quite a contrast. It starts with a silky, almost slippery, highly-concentrated sweetness, then an incredible burst of bright fruits like captured sunlight. The tongue-clinging quality shifts in the middle of the tongue as some of the famed minerality comes in, working in tandem with touches of drier wood. Then it seems to exhale and the softness returns. Now the full complexity is revealed, supple tannins, mature oxidised fruits, rosehip, and stewed rhubarb. There’s a tiny (balancing) bitter touch on the end before the dried pineapple returns, this time beside preserved lemon (salt and citrus). It’s not finished though, as after you’ve swallowed an almost pillowy softness returns.
Dave Broom, Whisky Writer
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the distillers one of one Auction

The Worshipful Company of Distillers and the Distillers’ Charity are delighted to announce that the Distillers One of One auction will be returning for a second edition on Thursday 5th October 2023. Hosted in the resplendent Hopetoun House, widely considered to be one of Scotland’s finest stately homes, this will be an unmissable showcase of rare and remarkable Scotch Whisky.

In partnership with Sotheby’s, The Distillers One of One auction brings together an unparalleled collection of one-off, never-to-be-repeated Scotch whiskies from distilleries across the length and breadth of Scotland, each Lot showcasing the excellence and individuality of craftsmanship of Scotland’s most stellar distilleries.

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