|Wick harbour with an easterly wind - not sure I'd be parking my bus there mate!|
Pulteney Distillery was built in the area of Wick called Upper Pulteney Town, a more residential area away from the lower town by the harbour. The distillery name doesn’t include the commonly associated word ‘Old’ which is reserved only for the whisky produced here. The buildings are still arranged in the quadrangular form that Barnard witnessed although some changes have been made to accommodate modern practices and transport, and to add new warehouses.
|Entrance to Pulteney Courtyard|
|Pulteney workforce under the entrance archway|
|Bottle your own Pulteney whisky|
There were originally three barley lofts and two malting floors on the right of the quad and Barnard also mentions Kilns heated by peat at the end of this building, although he doesn’t state how many. The distillery picture above shows two pagodas in this location and these and the maltings beyond have since all been redeveloped into warehouses that now stretch back to the corner of the road at the top of the picture. The barley is now brought in from Baird’s maltings and is unpeated.
|Pulteney Mash Tun|
|5 of the 6 cast iron washbacks|
|Wash Still Lyne Arm|
|Spirit Still with washback no.6 behind|
|Pulteney Lade and Worm Tanks|
For a while whisky wasn’t produced here at all. For 25 years from 1922-47 Wick was a ‘dry’ town under the 1913 Temperance Act of Scotland, almost twice as long as prohibition in America! The impact on the distillery was significant and after changing hands a few times in the 1920s it was closed from 1928-51. Reopening after renovations it was then owned by Robert Cumming who already owned Balblair Distillery further down the coast. It was taken over by Hiram Walker in 1955 and by current owners Inver House Distillers in 1995. They have continued to expand the single malt bottling which now takes around 50% of production volume.
|The Old Pulteney Range - 12, 17, 21 and 30yo|