A Big Week in Wick

tiger4They’ve been mightily busy up north. Not only have Old Pulteney released a limited edition ‘Row to the Pole’ bottling but their 21 year old has also gone and won Jim Murray’s World Whisky of the Year with a record equalling score of 97.5! Massive congratulations from all of us here at Edinburgh Whisky Blog towers. You can read the full article on their triumph here. As for new things coming out of the distillery, RTTP was released to celebrate the completion of one of the greatest rowing expeditions in history – starting from Resolute, a remote town in northern Canada, with the aim of reaching the 1996 Magnetic North Pole 450 miles away. Not for the faint-hearted I’m sure you’ll agree. Six ogres… I mean strong, tough chaps… stepped up to the challenge and successfully completed their expedition on August 25th. So what do you do once you’ve reached your destination and you’re the only people in history to row to a pole? Pour yourself a healthy dram of a whisky commissioned especially for you, of course…

Old Pulteney Row to the Poleop-rttp
Highland Single Malt
40% ABV
£19.95 available here (35cl only)

Nose: Rock salt, seaside waves, bright and clean. Identifiably an Old Pulteney. Soft sweetness on top with hay, grass and pear drops, then something richer underneath – toffee apples and chocolate sauce. Noticeable sherry cask influence.

Palate: Rich and spicy to begin, cherry cake and cinnamon. Then gives way to some creamy vanilla and a citrusy clean zing. The sea air comes back.

Finish: A little prickle of spice, then some sweetness – wood shavings. Lovely clean finish, rock salt and orange zest battle for attention and give this a lovely balanced finish.

Person: Samuel L Jackson. Whenever you see one of his films, or in this case, drink one of Pulteney’s bottlings you know what you’re getting. Consistently great and one you’ll come back to and watch/drink again and again.

The Tiger


  1. Lovely dram this is, had a lot of fun tasting it online with all you guys.
    The guys over at wick are surely doing something well!
    I’d love a bottle of this wee one, hope i can get it in one of the shops that ships here ;)


  2. @Gal, it is a great dram indeed. Classic Pulteney. Something slightly richer than the 12yo which really works well. Considering a wee bottle myself seeing as it’s under £20 :)


  3. Good review. Reasonably good whisky. Congrats on Putleney for winning Jim Murrays Whisky of the year for the 21 year old. There has to be a but though. With 20quid in my pocket, I would just find another 4quid and buy Putleney 12 for 24 quid. Equally quaffable, and I even feel it’s slightly better and I could get a whole bottle for 24quid instead of a half bottle.

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