The Old Pulteney Scotch single malt distillery is already known for maritime influences on its whiskies. Now, in a step further, they’ve recently debuted a new series done in partnership with spirits makers from coastal locations around the world.
The new Coastal Series, according to those behind it, launches with Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes. Said to bring flavors of the French coastline to “The Maritime Malt,” this whisky, after initial aging in traditional American oak casks, is finished “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.”
“We’re very pleased to introduce Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes,” said Malcolm Waring, Distillery Manager at Old Pulteney, in a prepared statement, “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.”
Presented in a gold gift box that replicates the color of “golden sands with an intricate illustration of the French coastline,” the expression is retailing at £75. Official tasting notes make mention that “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.”