Whisky Review: Old Pulteney WK209 Good Hope

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Pulteney Distillery

Bottling: Inver House Distillers Ltd.

ABV: 46%

Cost: £36.99

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What they say:

Established in 1826 in the town of Wick, the Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly on the mainland and at that time was only accessible by sea. The barley was brought in by sea, the whisky shipped out by boat and many of the distillery workers were also employed as fishermen.

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During the 19th century, Wick became the capital of the ‘Herring Boom’, which saw the town transformed from a remote Highland village into “the greatest fishing station in the world”, with more than 1000 drifters harboured there. The fishing industry was dominated by the ‘Herring Drifter’ fishing boats, originally sail boats, with the first recorded steam drifter built in Wick in 1869. All boats from Wick are identified by the letters ‘WK’ in their registration. At the peak of the ‘Herring Boom’ steam drifters numbered more than 1,800, of which only two seaworthy examples remain intact today.

The fishing industry is no longer part of the daily life in Wick but Pulteney Distillery, in the heart of the town, continues to operate using the same traditional distilling methods first introduced in the 1800’s to create an astonishingly complex single malt, with a rich, mineral-salted spiciness that is the very essence of this remarkable place.

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Good Hope WK209

Built in Wick in 1948 and powered by a Gardner 152hp engine she was 55 feet in length and weighed in at 24 tons. The Good Hope was the first boat in Wick to install an echo sounder, using radio navigation to find the ever elusive shoals of herring.

Released for general sale on 8th March 2011. Reputed to be matured entirely in first-fill European sherry casks. Includes [i.e. married from] casks matured for at least 8 & 10 years. Non chill filtered, natural colour and limited to 9600 bottles.

Colour:

Dark copper with bronze highlights

Nose:

Smooth and spicy with aromas of toffee and chocolate; traces of hazelnut and vanilla

Taste:

Sweet to start with hints of citrus notes; full bodied with overtones of raisins, chocolate and warm spices leading to long lasting finish.

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What I say:

I purchased this from World of whiskies, Edinburgh Airport for £34.99, mainly because I was so impressed with the Old Pulteney 12 year old expression and I wanted to try more from this Distillery.

Colour:

Bronze copper.

Nose:

Toffee and hazelnut with a hint of chocolate and raisin.

Taste:

Sweet lemons, toffee apples then spiced chocolate raisins with pepper on the back of the lips.

Finish:

Warm subtly diminishing spices leading to vaporous red berries and a hint of brine.

Would I buy it again:

I’m still drinking the first one, and sadly it is no longer available to buy.

Score: 84/100

Don’t take my word for it:

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