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Old Pulteney Navigator Review


8th November 2013
New Navigator release honours Old Pulteney’s rich maritime heritage.

For the first time Old Pulteney which is also known as the ‘maritime malt’ is sponsoring one of the 12 spectacular super yachts in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race. The yacht, which is part of the newly designed Clipper 70 fleet is lead by skipper Patrick van der Zijden – known as the ‘flying Dutchman’.

The ‘Old Pulteney’ Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race yacht departed from London’s Tower last month with a very special cargo on board: the first case of Old Pulteney Navigator which is a brand new limited edition expression of the maritime malt.

Skipper Patrick van der Zijden and his 24 strong crew toasted the yacht’s departure with a first taste of the Navigator expression on board.

Navigator’s striking aqua blue packaging features the same compass illustration as is emblazoned on the side of the dramatic navy and silver ‘Old Pulteney’ yacht, which began its round the world voyage with a first stop in Brest in northern France then moved on to the challenge of an Atlantic sail to Rio on the first leg of the prestigious global race.

The new Navigator release honours Old Pulteney’s rich maritime heritage and the skilful individuals who pilot vessels safely across the world’s seas every day – with the Clipper Race yachts and their crews, made up of ordinary men and women in search of adventure, being the very embodiment of this spirit of seafaring adventure.

Old Pulteney Navigator is matured in a mix of ex sherry and bourbon casks which have been hand selected by Pulteney Distillery Manager Malcolm Waring. The 70cl Navigator is bottled at 46% ABV and will be released in the UK and the US from 16th September 2013 and in other markets worldwide in limited volume in early 2014.

Honeycomb coloured in appearance, on the palate its full bodied taste has bursts of honey, cocoa and oranges. The malt’s long-lasting, spicy finish delivers faint notes of the salty fresh air of the North Sea.

Old Pulteney Senior Brand Manager Margaret Mary Clarke commented: ‘The start of the Clipper Round the World Race is the perfect way for us to release this wonderful whisky which brings Old Pulteney’s unique seafaring identify to life. This new expression pays homage to the skill and sense of adventure found amongst the maritime community, so it's very fitting that we honour the Clipper Race crew of the Old Pulteney and our skipper Patrick van der Zijden as they sail out of London. Much time and care has gone into creating this new expression and we are confident that the dedication of our distillery team will ensure whisky enthusiasts enjoy the newest member of the Old Pulteney family.’

Old Pulteney Navigator is bottled at 46% ABV, natural colour and is non chill-filtered. It is a limited release of 3500 cases per annum for the next 2 years. Now available from The Whisky Exchange priced at £39.45 per bottle.
 

Old Pulteney Navigator Tasting Notes


William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Fresh, light vanilla icing sugar, a wee touch of spiced pear.

Taste: A honey and vanilla sweetness laced with pears, zesty orange and lemon, spicy oak, some dark chocolate.

Finish: Vanilla, cocoa and a mildly drying oak spice, slowly fading mild zesty orange and a lovely sea saltiness.

Comment: Shy at first to let you know what is coming but as soon as it hits the palate you get the lovely honey and vanilla sweetness combined with the delicious spices and zesty fruit which continue to entertain long into the finish where a lovely maritime sea saltiness adds to the enjoyment.

SMW Score 85/100
 

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