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Old Pulteney Navigator Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Old Pulteney Navigator Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

After barley is milled by a 90 year-old Porteus mill, the grist is mashed and then fermented in one of the distillery's six fermentation tanks. Pulteney Distillery is just one of four distilleries in Scotland to use dried yeast rather than liquid yeast cultures during fermentation. The dried yeast, sourced from South Africa, is incredibly delicate and requires careful monitoring, leading to a longer fermentation process as compared to distilleries that use liquid yeast. Following fermentation, the wash is distilled twice: first through Pulteney's copper-pot wash still and then again through its copper-pot spirit still.

Both stills have an usually large bulb shape below their necks (the unique design of the stills is reflected in the shape of the Old Pulteney Whisky bottle), which gives Old Pulteney whisky its distinctive, oily character. The distillery's wash still, which was designed after the original wash still installed by Henderson, is missing its traditional swan neck. Rumor has it that the new still was too large for the room it was housed in, so the distillery manager at the time simply cut the neck off and repositioned the still's arm.

Old Pulteney Navigator Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky pays homage to the distillery's seafaring history and the adventurous sailors who inhabited Wick. The whisky is matured in a combination of casks that were previously used to mature bourbon and casks that were previously used to mature sherry. Following maturation, Malcolm Waring — Pulteney's Distillery Manager — hand-selects individual casks that he believes represent the best expressions of malt whisky. The casks are then married together and bottled behind a label with a unique compass illustration.

Tasting Notes

Golden honey color. Full-bodied flavor with touches of honey, chocolate, coffee and citrus. Long finish, with hints of salty tang, spices and caramel.

Proof 92 (46% ABV)