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Old Pulteney Port Coastal Series

27th September 2023
Old Pulteney release the second instalment in their Coastal Series, Old Pulteney Port which aims to take you on a journey from the Highlands of Scotland to the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal.

Old Pulteney Port Coastal SeriesFollowing on from the first expression of The Coastal Series, Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes, which brought flavours of the French coastline to The Maritime Malt, through the use of ex-Pineau des Charentes wine casks, Old Pulteney  today unveiled the second instalment in its limited edition Coastal Series: Old Pulteney Port.

The Coastal Series embarks on a captivating journey, guiding whisky connoisseurs through a global odyssey of cask maturations. In crafting this series, Old Pulteney has joined forces with distillers from coastal regions worldwide, allowing their cherished whisky to undergo additional maturation in a carefully curated selection of casks. The outcome is a quartet of exquisitely distinct, limited edition expressions that introduce captivating new coastal flavours to the world of "The Maritime Malt."

The second release in this quartet, Old Pulteney Port, is said to represent a harmonious fusion of flavours derived from two iconic spirits, both intimately connected to the sea: single malt Scotch whisky from the Pulteney distillery in Wick in the Scottish Highlands and Port from the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal. After a meticulous maturation in second-fill ex-bourbon casks, this expression underwent a secondary aging in hand-picked Ruby Port Pipes and Barriques, absorbing the opulent nuances of this delightful fortified wine. Much like Old Pulteney, the creation of Port boasts centuries of tradition and holds a significant place in the history of its region.

The marriage of American oak casks, Ruby Port Pipes, and Ruby Port Barriques is a testament to their coastal heritage, which the distillery tells me has resulted in a remarkable single malt characterised by a harmonious interplay of sweet and spicy notes, underscored by a hint of minerality for which Old Pulteney is renowned.

Old Pulteney Port is described as having a captivating rose gold hue, tantalising the senses with an alluring blend of aromatic and opulent scents. The nose is greeted by unmistakable dried fruit notes, featuring hints of sultanas and velvety vanilla. These aromas give way to a palate adorned with candied orange, marzipan-encased cherries, and delicate cinnamon swirls. The rich fruity flavours imparted by the Pipe and Barrique maturation are artfully complemented by a subtle trace of sea-salted essence, a tribute to the Caithness Coast, the cherished home of Old Pulteney.

Encased in a sleek ruby red packaging that mirrors the deep hues of Port, the presentation showcases an elegant illustration of the Portuguese coastline, accented with luxurious golden detailing. Old Pulteney Port is presented without chill filtration, preserving its natural essence for an authentic tasting experience.

Malcolm Waring, Distillery Manager at Pulteney said: "Itís a true honour to welcome the second expression in Old Pulteneyís 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."

I haven't yet had the chance to taste Old Pulteney Port Coastal Series yet but I have some on the way and will update you with my thoughts on them when I it, so watch this space, meanwhile I have posted the official tasting note below.

Old Pulteney Port is bottled at 46%ABV and has a RRP of £75 and will be available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Old Pulteney Port Coastal Series Review

Bottled at 46% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich sultana sweetness with vanilla and buttery notes, candied orange peel and hints of gingerbread. Undertones of cherries, marzipan and dark chocolate add depth and balance.

Taste: Sweet and spicy with notes of baked apples, caramelised sugar and cinnamon swirl pastries. Opens up further with vanilla custard, a touch of rose water and The Maritime Maltís signature minerality.

Finish: The taste continues into delicate and fruity notes, warming spices and plum jam sweetness.

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