Known as "The Manzanilla of the North" for its salty tang. The producers of Manzanilla do supply casks to the Scotch whisky industry and it is certainly possible that the odd butt has accomodated a charge of Pulteney whisky but in general the owners are more inclined towards Bourbon wood. The saltiness probably owes more to the sea air. Not only is the Pulteney distillery on the coast, its site is so exposed as to be falling off the furthest end of Scotland. It is the northernmost distillery on the mainland, at Wick.
Pulteney was founded in 1826 and rebuilt by the Hiram Walker company in 1959
as a contributor of malt whisky to the Ballantine blends. Its bottled single
is known as Old Pulteney.
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It was at one point owned by Robert James Cumming who also owned Balblair.
Huddart Street, Wick, Caithness, KW1 5BA
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