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06 Oct 16

A ‘Dram Fine Wedding’ for Pulteney Pair

Old Pulteney has added the perfect ‘blend’ to its award-winning range of single malts – after a love match between two Pulteney staff led to a very special wedding at the Distillery in Wick.
Pulteney Distillery Visitor Centre Manager Tanya Fraser and Assistant Distillery Manager Russell Angus first locked eyes over a barrel of single malt back in 2003, so when the couple tied the knot in late summer this year, there was only one place they wanted to be.
Since Old Pulteney is such a big part of their lives, and to reflect their love of the ‘Maritime Malt’, Tanya and Russell chose to hold their big day at the Distillery in Wick amongst their closest colleagues and friends.
In keeping with their positions at the Distillery, which is one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland, the full day had a distinctively ‘Old Pulteney’ flavour. Their romantic wedding ceremony took place in the Distillery courtyard, with photographs taken against a backdrop of casks in the warehouse.
At the reception, guests were treated to a delicious wedding cake in the shape of Pulteney’s distinctive ‘smuggler’s kettle’ stills – complete with a miniature model of the bride and groom on top. There were even table decorations held in empty Old Pulteney bottles….with the whisky inside served up as drams a plenty for guests at the end of the meal.
Bride Tanya, who has worked at the Distillery for 16 years years commented: ‘We wanted our wedding day to truly reflect us as a couple, and to represent our lives together. It’s working at Pulteney Distillery that brought Russell and I together, so it seemed very natural to us that we should make it such a big part of our wedding day.’
Old Pulteney Senior Brand Manager Margaret Mary Clarke said that she and the Old Pulteney team were honoured to have hosted such a special day for the couple. She added: ‘What a wonderful and memorable occasion for everyone at Pulteney Distillery. Tanya and Russell now have their place in Pulteney history after staging such a unique wedding and a day that we’re sure guests will be talking about for a long time to come. Cheers to them and our very best wishes for the future.’

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22 Sep 16

Impeccably crafted flavours of Scotland: Diageo introduces the
2016 Special Releases Collection
Ten sublime Scotch Whiskies will be released this autumn, in strictly limited quantities, as part of Diageo’s ongoing Special Releases programme. The limited edition, natural cask strength series is highly anticipated around the world by enthusiasts and collectors alike. All of the bottlings have been meticulously considered and selected from rare stock to curate this unique selection.
Delivering memorable taste experiences and exquisitely packaged, the Special Releases are a truly impeccable line-up of Malts and each and every whisky in the range demonstrates complex flavours of the highest quality.

The Special Releases offer an exceptionally generous and rare gift option this Christmas. The whiskies in the range retail from £80 for the LAGAVULIN™ 12 year old, to £2,500 for the PORT ELLEN™ 37 year old.  
Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach said: “The unveiling of the Special Releases range is a moment I look forward to year after year. The variety and quality of whiskies in the collection is simply fantastic, and once again we’re confident enthusiasts will discover new favourites in unusual and rare releases such as the MANNOCHMORE™ 25 year old, aged in rejuvenated casks and a smooth textured, complex whisky.”
The CAMBUS™ 40 year old is the oldest release in the 2016 range and only the third ever single grain release from the series. Vanishingly rare as a single grain, the liquid is described as ‘deceptively complex and fresh for its age’. The Cambus Distillery closed in 1993. The CRAGGANMORE™ is a special vatting, crafted from three cask types chosen for flavour alone and detailed as ‘beautifully structured and contemplative.’
The 2016 Special Releases collection includes the 16th appearance of Port Ellen in the series, and will be the oldest Port Ellen ever released, with just under 3,000 bottles available worldwide. Two other releases this year, the BRORA™ 38 year old and GLENKINCHIE™ 24 year old are also the oldest bottles ever released in Special Releases from these distilleries.
The annual Lagavulin 12 year old, this year, is as a commemorative edition for the 200th Anniversary of the distillery in 2016. Three of the whiskies in the range are from closed distilleries and all are limited edition, rare bottlings, with distinctive stories to tell. These whiskies have been crafted to deliver memorable taste experiences unlike any other, to be savoured and enjoyed responsibly.

Autumn 2016, from specialist retailers in Northern Europe, in selected Asian markets and in the USA.

List of 2016 Special Releases
AUCHROISK™ 25 year old
Distilled 1990 ABV 51.2%
Region: Speyside
Max. 3,954 bottles available worldwide

BRORA™ 38 year old
Distilled 1977 ABV 48.6%
Region: Coastal Highland
Max. 2,984 bottles available worldwide

CAMBUS™ 40 year old
Distilled 1975 ABV 52.7%
Region: Central Lowland
Max. 1,812 bottles available worldwide

CAOL ILA™ 15 year old
Distilled 2000 ABV 61.5%
Region: Islay
Limited quantities available worldwide

ABV 55.7%
Region: Speyside
Max. 4,932 bottles available worldwide


GLENKINCHIE™ 24 year old
Distilled 1991 ABV 57.2%
Region: Lowland
Max. 5,928 bottles available worldwide

LAGAVULIN™ 12 year old
ABV 57.7%
Region: Islay
Limited quantities available worldwide

LINKWOOD™ 37 year old
Distilled 1978 ABV 50.3%
Region: Speyside
Max. 6,114 bottles available worldwide

MANNOCHMORE™ 25 year old
Distilled 1990 ABV 53.4%
Region: Speyside
Max. 3,954 bottles available worldwide

PORT ELLEN™ 37 year old
Distilled 1978 ABV 55.2%
Region: Islay
Max. 2,940 bottles available worldwide