Old Pulteney Navigator
Old Pulteney // Highlands, Scotland
Navigator is a limited edition Scotch from Old Pulteney distillery that pays homage to its seafaring past. The distillery is situated in Wick, a fishing village in the northern Highlands, which in the old days, relied heavily on sea trade for its economy and food supplies, including the barley for the distillery. Navigator is a blend of single malt whiskies, some of which aged in ex-bourbon casks, some in ex-sherry, brought together for bottling in packaging illustrated with nautical themes.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"The casks used play well with each other like two sailors harmonizing an old sea shanty. The bourbon casks supply the base notes of toasted cereal, toffee and sweet spice. The sherry gives it sweet melodies of honey, orange marmalade, marzipan and coconut cream. A whiff of pipe tobacco bridges it all together. Burns a little hot without water, but opens up and rounds out with a couple of drops to air it out. Oddly, though its named for nautical history, it lacks the more briny characteristics of their other expressions."