Whilst visiting Wick and Caithness in Scotland on holiday a few years ago, the Duffs did the tour of the Old Pulteney whisky distillery and even brought a bottle of the 12 year old single malt – consumed long ago!
Now years later I discover that this distintive amber liquid is perhaps named after William Pulteney who was the Member of Parliament for Hedon from 1705 – 1734.
It seems in 1811 a new town was planned for the area of Wick where the distillery is located and given the name of “Pulteneytown” after William who had been created the Earl of Bath in 1742 and was a significant politician until his death in 1764. The Distillery in turn adopted the town’s name in 1826.
UPDATE: It seems that the Whisky was in fact named after Sir William Pulteney, 5th Baronet who represented Cromarty and later Shrewsbury as an MP and married our William’s Cousin Frances, and eventually inherited his fortune!
The whisky just does not taste so good anymore! Thanks to Linda Hinchcliffe for researching this issue further.