Old Pulteney Distillery
Established in 1826, Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly on the Scottish mainland. Pulteney Distillery continues to make malt whisky using traditional methods nearly two centuries after its opening
The Pulteney Distillery is in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, the town created to house fishersmen during Wick’s ‘herring boom’ and situated near Wick’s historic harbour. The quietly maturing spirit lies in hand-selected oak casks, slowly capturing the unique character of this stunning landscape with it’s long seafaring history. Old Pulteney is the embodiment of history, people and place: the Maritime Malt.
Old Pulteney 21 Years Old received the title of world whisky of the year in Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible awards, coming out on top in a class of some 1500 whiskies from across the globe.
World-renowned whisky connoisseur Jim Murray nosed and tasted his way through all types of whisky to create his global ratings guide. He gave Old Pulteney 21 Years Old 97.5 points out of 100, the highest score in the book’s history. His glowing review commented that the single malt exploded from the glass with vitality, charisma and class.
While the Whisky Bible accolade has led to a massive surge of orders for Old Pulteney 21 Years Old, the distillery’s 12 and 17-year-old malts are also seeing soaring demand.
A tour is the ideal way to experience this craftsmanship first hand. You can purchase your own hand-filled bottle of cask-strength whisky, as chosen by the distillery manager for its excellent quality and taste. Pulteney’s fascinating history is brought to life by the distillery’s excellent visitor centre and gift shop.
Opening Times -
Open all year - tours available at 11am and 2pm or by arrangement
May-Sept - Mon-Sat: 10am-4pm
Oct-April - Mon-Fri: 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
Admission charge with redemption in shop.
Group and evening bookings by appointment.
Tour and tasting option is available by request – please call in advance
The distillery silent season takes place during July and August, and during this time tours may be disrupted. Please call in advance to avoid disappointment. The distillery is closed for the festive period.