1989 Pittyvaich 25 Year 2015 Release
1989 Pittyvaich was only open between 1975 and 1993 so it’s not really surprising bottlings are rarely seen. Apparently, Pittyvaich had shorter fermentation times than other distilleries, and the stills were run a bit stronger, giving a ‘more flavorsome’ spirit.
One of a group of distilleries to feature in the 2015 Special Releases that are rarely seen, in this case, because it was only open from 1974 to 1993. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and ex-bourbon barrels, this is a release of 5,922 individually numbered bottles.
An unusual release from a distillery that was open from 1974 to 1993. In fact, this whisky is older than the lifespan of the distillery. Built by Arthur Bell & Sons, Pittyvaich was one of the youngest Scottish distilleries in operation at the time. The name is derived from Pictish and refers to a landholding or farmstead. The prefix is common, particularly in the Eastern counties which were the former home of the Picts.
The distillery stood near the Dufftown Distillery in Dufftown. Originally built to provide malt whisky for blends, in 1989 Pittyvaich finally released an official bottling in 1991 under the Flora & Fauna label. Diageo has followed up with this extended age special release. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and ex-bourbon barrels. Distilled in 1989 and bottled at natural strength, 6,000 bottles are available worldwide.
Nose: Syrupy, hints of playdough that open up to reveal fragrant cereal and violet petals. Creamy and peppery but also slightly sharp.
Palate: Again there’s this fragrant interplay with fruit skins, florals, and malt, becoming thick and almost soapy at the end.
Finish: Light oak notes, Madeira wine, white and dark chocolate.
Overall: An interesting whisky from a closed distillery that shows moments of brilliance, still recognizable to those familiar with the Flora and Fauna bottling.