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Pittyvaich Distillery Scotland Speyside Region Whisky from 200 euros and over

Pittyvaich 30yo Special Release 2020

Review of the 2020 Special Release of the rare and valuable Pittyvaich.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 50.8%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon first fill
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Diageo
Average price: € 420.00 
Official website: –
Vote: 89/100

Here I am at the ‘silent’ distillery of Diageo’s annual Special Release, demolished in 2002 after shutting down production in 1993.
At the time of its foundation in 1974, it was the youngest distillery on Speyside, established by Arthut Bell & Sons right next to Dufftown, and began production the following year with the intention of producing whisky for use in the company’s blends.
Acquired by the future Diageo in 1985, it was only in 1991 that an official bottling was produced for the Flora&Fauna line, which evidently did so well that it was closed within two years.

Obviously the beverage giant still has enough casks left over from the distillery to be able to produce special bottlings such as this one and last year’s Special Release, one year younger and therefore still from 1989, plus a few sporadic independent editions.
Cask strength, 7,056 bottles produced, a cost that is certainly not within everyone’s reach… but yet interesting.
Here you can find the list of all 2020 releases.

Tasting notes

Gold in the glass.
The nose is oily, full, with notes of tropical fruit (pineapple, mango), apples, unripe banana, plenty of honey and a certain herbaceous, moist component. There is also a slight vein of processed leather and tobacco leaves. Elegant and a little austere.
On the palate, the warmth of the alcohol content is unexpectedly energetic, a first burning impact that leaves you almost stunned but quickly thins out to leave room for a fruity heart with a predominance of apples, a touch of peach, banana, hazelnuts, vanilla and lemon peel. A mineral and savoury note is also present, enhancing the other aromas and giving depth to the whisky, together with spicy hints (rhubarb) and a caress of leather. More open than on the nose, but still elegant despite its lively animosity, with an underlying herbaceous impression.
The finish is quite long, with dried fruit, apples, lemon, bark and beeswax.

An enviable balance for a whisky of this maturity, which shows itself in all its elegance and character, perhaps not explosive in its aromatic palette but so well balanced and full that it can be drunk with great pleasure and ease without ever being banal.

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