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Pulteney

During the nineteenth century, the town of Wick was the herring fishing capital of Europe and as many as 1,000 boats used the port. Indeed, Pulteneytown, the area of Wick south of the river, was built for this purpose in 1810 by its namesake, Sir William Pulteney. The Pulteney distillery itself was founded by James Hendersen in 1826. Lying close to the coast to the south of Wick, the disilltery was only accessible by sea and to this day remains Scotland’s northernmost mainland distillery. The whisky was exported on boats and barley was shipped in and its maritime traditions were such that distillery workers also moonlighted as fishermen.

Pulteney operated under Buchanan-Dewar, who became part of Distillers Company Limited in 1925. Five years later the stills of Pulteney fell silent. It was not before two decades had passed, that production restarted, following Robert Cumming’s acquisition in 1951. Allied Breweries purchased the distillery along with parent company James & George Stodart Ltd in 1961.

Following the acquisition of Pedro Domecq, Allied sold the Pulteney whisky distillery to Inver House Distillers who remain the owners, though since 2006 they have been under Thai Beverage control. The distillery is relatively small with a capacity of just one million litres annually. Single malt whisky is bottled under the name Old Pulteney and there have been both official and independent releases over the years.

Pulteney Whisky Distillery

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About Pulteney Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01955 602371

Distillery Capacity

1 000 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1826

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Huddart St, Wick, Caithness KW1 5BA

Distillery Owner

Inver House Distillers

Distillery Address

Wick, Caithness

Distillery Website

www.oldpulteney.com

1826

James Henderson founds the distillery.

1920

The distillery is bought by James Watson & Co.

1923

Buchanan-Dewar takes over.

1925

Buchanan-Dewar becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1930

Production ceases.

1951

In production again after being acquired by the solicitor Robert Cumming.

1955

Cumming sells to James & George Stodart Ltd, a subsidiary to Hiram Walker & Sons.

1958

The distillery is rebuilt.

1959

The floor maltings close.

1961

Allied Breweries buys James & George Stodart Ltd.

1981

Allied Breweries changes name to Allied Lyons after the acquisition of J Lyons in 1978.

1994

Allied Lyons acquires Pedro Domecq and changes name to Allied Domecq plc.

1995

Allied Domecq sells Pulteney to Inverhouse Distillers.

1997

Old Pulteney 12 years is launched.

2001

Pacific Spirits (Great Oriole Group) buys Inverhouse at a price of $85 million.

2004

A 17 year old is launched (4 200 bottles).

2005

A 21 year old is launched (3 000 bottles).

2006

InverHouse changes owners when International Beverage Holdings acquires Pacific Spirits UK.

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