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Old Pulteney, The Maritime Malt, has today announced the second expression within its limited-edition Coastal Series: Old Pulteney Port.
The Coastal Series takes whisky drinkers on a voyage of exploration with cask maturations from around the world. To create the Series, Old Pulteney has partnered with spirits makers from coastal locations across the globe, further maturing its much-loved whisky in a specialist selection of casks and creating four beautifully unique, limited-edition expressions that bring wonderful new coastal flavours to ‘The Maritime Malt’.
Old Pulteney Port is a wonderful marriage of flavours from two iconic spirits, both found close to the sea – single malt Scotch whisky from Wick in the Scottish Highlands, and Port from the Douro Valley of Northern Portugal. Carefully matured in second-fill ex-bourbon casks, the expression was then further matured in both hand-selected Ruby Port Pipes and Barriques, absorbing the rich flavours of the delicious, fortified wine. Like Old Pulteney, the creation of Port goes back centuries and plays a huge part in the history of its region.
The American oak casks, Ruby Port Pipes and Ruby Port Barriques come together beautifully, showcasing their coastal heritage and resulting in a stunning single malt, balanced with sweet and spicy notes and a touch of minerality, of which Old Pulteney is known for.
Old Pulteney Port emerges rose gold in colour, enticing the senses with a combination of fragrant and rich aromas. On the nose, the dried fruits are unmissable, with notes of sultanas and buttery vanilla. These make way for candied orange, marzipan cherries and cinnamon swirls on the palate. The rich fruity flavours of the Pipe and Barrique maturation complement the lightly sea-salted notes that come from the influence of the Caithness Coast, where Old Pulteney calls home.
Presented in a sleek ruby red box which reflects the deep colours of Port, the packaging features an elegant illustration of the Portuguese coast and a luxurious golden trim. Non-chilled filtered to enjoy as nature intended, Old Pulteney Port will launch on the 27th September in the UK, rolling out to specialist whisky retailers from Monday 2nd October. The European release will follow shortly after before launching in the US in 2024.
Malcolm Waring, Distillery Manager at Pulteney said: “It’s a true honour to welcome the second expression in Old Pulteney’s Coastal Series – Old Pulteney Port. A delicious balance of the rich, juicy flavours that comes from Port with the sea-saltiness that Old Pulteney is known and loved for, the result is an exceptional single malt that deserves to be savoured.
“Old Pulteney Port is a wonderful addition to our series of limited editions, shining a spotlight on another coastal region through a beautiful cask maturation, and follows from the success of our first Coastal Series expression, Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes, perfectly.”
The first expression of The Coastal Series, Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes, brought flavours of the French coastline to The Maritime Malt, through the use of ex-Pineau des Charentes wine casks, which brought echoes of the iconic, sweet aperitif native to the Charente-Maritime region of France and intertwining them with the flavours of Old Pulteney. Following the success of the initial expression, Old Pulteney continues to celebrate its maritime links, with further expressions launching in 2024 and 2025.
Old Pulteney Port is available to purchase from our official website, The Whisky Exchange and other specialist whisky retailers at £75.
Old Pulteney’s story, distillery, and whisky is shaped by the sea itself. The unique combination of brisk sea air and meticulous cask selection makes its flavour unlike other single malt Scotch whiskies. The Coastal Series is a collection of whiskies that have been matured in seaside casks. The series is made up of four expressions, which will be released annually from 2022. The first expression to be launched was Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes.
Old Pulteney will be showcasing Old Pulteney Port at Whisky Show London from 29th September – 1st October, followed by Whisky Live Paris from 21st to the 23rd October, for whisky lovers across Europe to sample and enjoy.
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