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Old Pulteney launches The Coastal Series - with four new whiskies matured in 'seaside casks'

Old Pulteney, The Maritime Malt, has announced the introduction of a new collection of whiskies: The Coastal Series.

The Old Pulteney Coastal Series comprises four limited edition expressions, and to create the series, Old Pulteney has partnered with spirits makers from coastal locations around the world that will bring new coastal flavours to the ‘Maritime Malt’.

The Coastal Series launches with Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes, bringing flavours of the French coastline to the whisky.

In new territory for the brand, Old Pulteney’s whisky is further matured in ex-Pineau des Charentes wine casks, carrying echoes of the sweet aperitif native to the Charente-Maritime region on the southwest coast of France.

Matured by the sea, Old Pulteney has, the team say, a distinctively briny taste that captures the essence of its home in Wick, by the North Sea.

Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes has a lighter, sweeter taste layered on the classic Old Pulteney base. 

The whisky is first matured in traditional American oak casks, before further maturation in hand-selected ex-Pineau des Charente casks, created with French oak and carefully selected by Stuart Harvey, master blender.

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.

Presented in a gold gift box with an intricate illustration of the French coastline, the expression will retail at £75 and will be available to purchase from 3 October in the UK, France and Germany from The Whisky Exchange, Old Pulteney Visitor Centre and other specialist whisky retailers. 

Malcolm Waring, distillery manager at Old Pulteney, said: “We’re very pleased to introduce Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes, 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.”

For more information on Old Pulteney, and the Coastal Series, please visit the Old Pulteney website.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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