Whisky of the Week

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Tag: Old Pulteney

Whisky and Wyke Bonfire Cheese pairings

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I have not done a whisky and cheese pairing for ages.  I have been savoring all the old favourites, so it is high time I try something again. The Wyke cheese selection at Checkers is amazing.  The mature cheddar is a firm favorite in our house and regularly paired with the peatier drams.  A couple of weeks ago I found a Wyke Bonfire cheese which is a smoked mature cheddar with paprika.  It sounded rather delicious, so I decided, this is the perfect cheese to experiment with. 

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Catto’s Blended Rare Old Scottish whisky

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The next edition in my affordable blended whisky series; this week I look at the Catto’s Blended Rare Old Scottish whisky.  It retails for around R 300.  Is is affordable and still under R500, but not cheap.  It is in the same price range as the Johnnie Walker Black.  Catto is part of the International Beverage Ltd company who’s Single malt portfolio include Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc and Speyburn. 

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The Old Pulteney 21 yo Single Malt whisky

Old Pulteney 21 yo single malt whisky

In 1826, during a period in the Wick county town history known as the Great Herring Boom, a small distillery was established right in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’. This Old Pulteney Distillery was and still is one of the most northerly distilleries on the Scottish mainland. Before roads were layed out this Highland Distillery was quite inaccessible. Barley was brought in by sea and the whisky was shipped out the same way. Many of the distillery workers were also employed as fishermen. Wick became known for the barrels of silver (herring) and gold (whisky) which left the port in huge numbers.

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