Murray guide names Old Pulteney No. 1

Malcom Waring
Old Pulteney, a single malt distilled in the remote town of Wick, Scotland, has been named "World Whisky of the Year" in Jim Murray's influential 2012 Whisky Bible.

The 21-year-old single malt scored a record-equalling 97.5 points out of 100 on Murray's scale. Murray tastes more than 1,200 whiskies before deciding the winner.

Master Distiller Malcom Waring told me the 21 year old is aged 66% in used bourbon casks and 33% in used sherry casks, then blended and bottled at 92 proof.

Two American bourbons were ranked 2-3 by Murray: George T. Stagg and 10-year-old Parker's Heritage Collection Wheated Mash Bill, respectively.

Old Pulteney 21 was introduced to the U.S. market in 2007. You can read my report at that time, which contains tasting notes on all the Old Pulteney whiskies, by clicking here.

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