- Old Pulteney is launching ‘The Coastal Series’, a collection which comprises four exciting new whiskies that have been matured in seaside casks
- The first in the series is an expression created with Pineau des Charentes casks, from the Charente-Maritime region in France
- The expression brings together the coastal flavours of an iconic French aperitif and the Maritime Malt
- The Coastal Series is made up of four expressions, which will be released annually from 2022.
Old Pulteney, The Maritime Malt, has today announced the introduction of a new collection of whiskies: The Coastal Series.
The Coastal Series brings drinkers on a worldwide voyage of exploration with Old Pulteney, with four limited edition expressions. To create the series, Old Pulteney has partnered with spirits makers from coastal locations around the world, further maturing its much-loved whisky in a specialist selection of casks and creating four beautifully unique, limited edition expressions that bring wonderful new coastal flavours to the ‘Maritime Malt’.
The Coastal Series launches with Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes, bringing flavours of the French coastline to The Maritime Malt. In new territory for the brand, Old Pulteney’s whisky is further matured in ex-Pineau des Charentes wine casks, carrying echoes of the iconic, sweet aperitif native to the Charente-Maritime region on the southwest coast of France, and intertwining them beautifully with the flavours of the North that Old Pulteney is known for.
Old Pulteney hails from one of the most northerly shores of the Caithness Coast, in rural Scotland. Matured by the sea, Old Pulteney casks breathe in the North Sea air year after year, leaving a distinctively briny taste that captures the essence of its home. Matured in Wick, the whisky is influenced by coastal notes from the North Sea.
Taking on the same careful craftsmanship and process that goes into every expression, Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes is the most innovative cask maturation yet, offering a lighter, sweeter taste layered on the classic Old Pulteney base.
The whisky is first matured in traditional American oak casks, before further maturation in hand-selected ex-Pineau des Charente casks, created with French oak and carefully selected by Stuart Harvey, Master Blender. The whisky then slowly absorbs the delicious sweetness of the aperitif, resulting in a beautiful sweetness that perfectly complements Old Pulteney’s signature salty flavour saltiness, delivering a wonderful dram.
With sweet and light notes of candied oranges, warm spices and creamy vanilla, the expression replicates the warmth of sunny days at the coast. A lingering finish showcases notes of caramelised hazelnuts and ground spices, broadening in sweetness, and then drying ever so slowly towards a savoury finale of coastal minerality.
Presented in a stunning gold gift box that replicates the colour of golden sands with an intricate illustration of the French coastline, the expression will retail at £75 and will be available to purchase from 3rd October in the UK, France and Germany from The Whisky Exchange, Old Pulteney Visitor Centre and other specialist whisky retailers.
Malcolm Waring, Distillery Manager at Old Pulteney, said: “We’re very pleased to introduce Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes, the first in a new, exciting series by the brand. Old Pulteney’s past, present and taste is influenced by its home by the sea on the Caithness Coast, and The Coastal Series beautifully explores cask maturations that highlight wonderful expressions influenced by their global coastal homes.
“Our Pineau des Charentes expression is a beautifully light, fruity single malt that showcases both the flavours of our wonderfully matured spirit, but balanced with the rich sweetness of the Pineau des Charentes, resulting in a truly exquisite expression.”
For more information on Old Pulteney, and the Coastal Series, please visit https://www.oldpulteney.com/