||28 Years; Refill American Oak Hogsheads|
||100% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Pittyvaich (Dufftown, Scotland)|
Pittyvaich is a mothballed distillery which only operated for a few years – it was only operated from 1975 to 1993. This bottling came towards the end of the distillery – distilled in 1989. Pittyvaich closed because of industry restructuring, but was used largely for blends so its single malts have never been widely available. This whisky has lived longer in a barrel than the distillery did!
Not the first special release bottling we’ve had (there was a 20 year old in 2009) – but this is quite fun!
Batch: Diageo Special Releases 2018
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: ~2018
The nose is incredibly fruity, with pear, apple, fresh peach, fresh apricot, pineapple – but also light spice in white pepper, olive sourdough, and mixed citrus peel. A bit waxy at cask strength, but this dies down with water. The palate continues, lightly fruity – but it has a core of magnificent barley. It’s quite beautiful – the barley, clean and rich, sits at the centre of everything – with fruit overtop and light oak underneath. It has a bit of the classic older scotch characteristic to it, which is a bit cardboard-y. Nice apple on the palate, and the finish is creamy and slightly tannic, with some nice spice. Great mouthfeel, and it really does well at cask strength – I don’t often like lighter Scotch malts at cask strength, but I’ll take this one at full force! There is a great mix of barley, fruit, light baking spice, and earthiness on the finish. A fantastic single malt!
The empty glass is rich and enticing, too – spicy and oaky, but still with very nice barley.
Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Low, based on $655.