Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes starts The Coastal Series

Special wine casks shaped the whisky with its basic maritime character


Pulteney Distillery is located in Wick, high up on the north east coast of Scotland. Their Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky is known for its maritime style. With four limited editions, the distillery would like to take whisky fans on a little taste journey and has therefore after maturing whisky in ex-bourbon casks given it a special finish in casks from different coastal regions in the world. It starts with the Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes.

Of course, the name already gives it away: It were Pineau des Charentes casks that gave this Old Pulteney its special aromatic stamp. To produce this French wine from the Charente and Charente-Maritime departments, fresh grape juice is married with Eau de Vie de Cognac and stored in casks for maturation. Because of its usually very fruity character, it is often drunk as an aperitif wine.

The Old Pulteney Coastal Series Pineau des Charentes was bottled at 46% ABV without chill filtration and in natural colour. How old the whisky is or how long it got a finish in the wine casks was not disclosed.

Producer’s tasting notes:

APPEARANCE: Bronze with a pink hue

AROMA: Fragrant and rich with honey sweetness and vanilla at the base. Intense fruitiness starts jammy and stewed and develops into candied oranges and sticky balsamic raisins. Hints of toasted spices and powder pepper complete this stunning profile.

TASTE: 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.