Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage named world’s best single malt

Photo via Old Pulteney on Facebook

Photo via Old Pulteney on Facebook

Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage, from the Pulteney Distillery in Wick, Scotland, has been named the world’s best single malt at Whisky Magazine’s annual World Whiskies Awards.

Pulteney is one of the northernmost distilleries on the Scottish mainland. The 1989 Vintage, released in September 2015, was aged in former bourbon barrels that also held peated malt.

Pulteney describes the taste of the 1989 Vintage as: “dark and peaty with a heavy, spicy underpinning. The sweeter and lighter notes soon follow, bringing to mind vanilla custard laced with runny toffee, a touch of coconut, worn leather and a generous helping of bitter orange marmalade. The peat smoke flickers and changes, revealing a very mature, spicy and tannic side of this suberb Vintage. Long lasting and satisfying.”

Among the other 2016 “Best Of” winners:

World’s Best Blended Whiskey: Suntory Hibiki 21

World’s Best Bourbon: Abraham Bowman Pioneer Spirit

World’s Best Single-Barrel Bourbon: Smooth Ambler Old Scout

World’s Best Flavored Whiskey: Knob Creek Smoked Maple

[H/t The Press & The Journal]


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