Pittyvaich 1989

Overall rating
86.74/100
votes
229
Whiskybase ID
WB10607
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2009
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
20 years old
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
57.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L9 112 CM000
Barcode
5000281026053
Added on
24 sep 2009 6:10 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 373.29

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553 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Pittyvaich 1989

41 users have left 45 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.74 points.

  1. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. kanpai79 scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. ailean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. MasterMork scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Old, flowery whisky that comes across as full-bodied. Only a slight bitterness in the finish. Doesn't need water.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
      IT: 88
      B: 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. MissSmoke scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Superb whisky

  8. whiskytornado scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. joep scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. EJS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. tw_xbein scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    nice tasty whisky (9.4.2010)
    • Nose
      86 86
      strong alcoholic nose due to the barrel filling, aromas of hay, meadow, herbs and light fruits
    • Taste
      88 88
      Aromas of lemon, heather, malt, light fruits
    • Finish
      84 84
      rather short, lovely malty

  13. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    To me clearly underestimated, but on the other hand I can understand it. He has very special own notes, which I find very exciting in Malts, but certainly some can bring out.
    • Nose
      Very freshly chopped, intensive oak, pollen, grasses, violets, moss, pebbles, rough, untanned leather, chalk, lead, grated coconut, some chestnut and spicy ginger, more mineral notes
    • Taste
      Ginger, mint and wasabi, nice green notes at the front, green peppers and star fruit, kiwi, apricot, then again fresh wood shavings, anise, pine nuts, olives, pistachio, light pinch of salt
    • Finish
      Vanilla, honey, lychee, oak and malt will be more light and sweet here

  14. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/whisky-in-berlin-cafe-bar-madonna-part-2-2/

    What could follow that? A Pittyvaich perhaps? To the amazement of another bar tender, the owner locates it immediately. Hid behind other bottles on the top shelf, he reaches for it on tip toes, and it’s one I’ve not had before.

    N:T:F: I think of Pittyvaich like I do with say Mannochmore or < Linkwood, and this is a prime example. We are too in-depth talking-wise now for proper noting, but that doesn’t stop my enjoyment of the moment from this straight bourbon-matured number with just the right years on the clock to deliver a no fuss, delightfully balanced natural styled dram with a slick wood-oil & grain-oil mouthfeel. Adding even a few drops of water however, disturbs the serpent somewhat. I much preferred it neat.
    C: The less you think about this one, the more you’ll enjoy it. One to be devoured if it weren’t for the current market value [£250].

    Scores a B-

  15. Calmar scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very good mole, very interesting aroma - light and airy, but very deep and complex, dry with a noticeable but very moderate bourbon influence, not obscuring the base; the taste / finish is also airy light, but at the same time saturated and powerful, on the whole turned out such a strong, but elegant, May, sunny whisky.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, processed wood, wood dust, cardboard, lemon peel, light floral motifs, pollen, propolis, mineral notes, lemonade, field grasses, a little carpenter's shop, solvent, green apple peel, lollipops, lemon and orange candied fruits.
    • Taste
      Powerful, slightly harsh, sweet, tart oak, creamy notes, toffee, lemon and orange candies, pepper wave, tropical fruits, vanilla.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, tart-oak, sweet with the transition to lemon acid, light metal notes, burnt biscuits, ginger candied fruits, grapefruit, bitter young bark.

  16. malthead-sven scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    a bit thin for 20 years, not subtle or elegant but for me rather unimportant and considerably too expensive
    • Nose
      a first impression is virtually absent, as there are simply no flavors there. After a while grassy and lemony to sour, some asparagus
    • Taste
      The alcohol strength carries the malt and makes a good start. But since not much variations of flavor come through otherwise, it is quite alcoholic
    • Finish
      Here, for the first time, a certain age is noticeable by a moderate bitterness, medium-long and dry

  17. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, light. Bright grapes, lemon cream, lime zest. Flower shop, damp earth, sandstone. Some hay, chamomile tea and clover blossoms.
    • Taste
      Dry champagne, light honey, gooseberries, gold kiwi. Whole wheat toast, applesauce, garden herbs. Milk chocolate, almonds, peppery oak.

  18. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. mr.p9 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  20. RL_whisky scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  22. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I really find it very good and just cannot understand the low rating here in the base.
    I´d surely buy a bottle if it wasn´t that ridiculously expensive.
    89/100
    • Nose
      malty, caramel, nuts. baked apples, danish pastry.
      give it time for some hints of tropical fruits to arise!
      a little vanilla
    • Taste
      with water (not very much): striking in my opinion!
      wonderful mixture of malt, mature garden fruits, vanilla, caramel and softest oak. milk chocolate. pleasant sweetness (just the right amount of caramel)
    • Finish
      long, on cappuccino and chocolate

  23. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2013]  I had this dram during a Charlie Smith tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 80.  I took no detailed notes.

  24. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very interesting character! Not to be missed! Highly recommended!
    • Nose
      Vanilla, coconut, citruses, honey, ginger, malt, flowers, apple, mint, sawdust, grass and almond
    • Taste
      It's a champagne?! Cheeses, herbals, coconut milk, grape, chili, citruses, yeast, pepper, orange, ginger, mango and beer
    • Finish
      Long, vibrant, spicy and fruity

  25. BXpress scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    damn good. not very complex but very much alive.
    • Nose
      soft vanilla a little yeasty at first. some grainy notes, very distant coconut, and something that reminds me of Grappa. quite pungent. with water: more fragrant now, and sweeter, but also a little more yeast.
    • Taste
      big note of Muesli in the arrival. soft notes of coconut cream, honey, and white grapes. it is quite fizzy in a good way. with water: still fizzy but now it's quite unpleasant. some cumin is there. something between spices and herbs. can't quite decide.
    • Finish
      incredibly long, fiery and vibrant. on some very spicy teas plus pepper.

  26. Bosi scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Classic bourbon notes meet tropical fruits. A nice example of how complex a Speysider can be (or could be).
    • Nose
      There is a lot going on here! Vanilla joins bright grapes, rum chocolate, elderberry and pineapple. With the addition of water, the oak note comes through stronger.
    • Taste
      The taste is pleasant, but unfortunately not so much going on. In addition to the chocolate, I taste some nut, a hint of pear and gooseberry.
    • Finish
      The finish is long with traces of salted caramel.

  27. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    These scores are for when drunk with water, which I believe is needed to get the best out of this whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color :
    Light gold. Smell :
    A fresh, fruity, stimulating (similar to carbonated) and layered whisky with notes of green tea, marzipan, hazelnut, green banana, pear, biscuits, floral notes (especially roses and meadow flowers), freshly baked bread, plantan, oak, wet leaves, grass, white wine, freshly planed oak, cedar, bergamot, nectarine, green apple, vanilla, barley sugars, cereals and fresh citrus Taste :
    A powerful, warm, dry and complex whisky with notes of meadow flowers, ripe banana, apple, pear, spicy oak, roasted oak, yeast, almond, salty, straw, chamomile, white pepper, allspice, grass, orange peel, coffee, pipe tobacco , hint to cinnamon, nutmeg, leather, antiques, toasted bread, soft sour lemon juice, vanilla and a hint of bitter English marmalade. Finish :
    A long, warm and slightly drying aftertaste with notes of orange, salty, freshly cut grass, chamomile, rose petals, vanilla, sawdust, beeswax and soft bitter oak. Conclusion :
    A unique whisky! The smell is subtle, fresh and subtle but the taste is so different. This is powerful, complex and sharp. A very fascinating composition of aromas. Never tasted anything like this! At first the taste comes in a bit rough and blunt but after a while (if you're used to 57.5%) you notice that he also has a lot of subtlety. Rating :
    91/100
    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/recensie-268-pittyvaich-1989-20-year/

  29. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER,

    Nose - It is basically the same but more subtle

    Palate - Really good now, no bitterness only honeyed, sweetness. I still get marshmallow and along with the lemon I get pineapple now.

    Finish - Quite long, warming and sweet,

    I think this is really good but much better with a little water, if you have not got a sweet tooth you may not like this.

    I really liked this
    • Nose
      Very lemony, honey, freshly cut pine.
    • Taste
      Creamy, marshmallow, citrus, slight bitter notes at first but over time the lemon and in particular the honey, are more pronounced and the bitterness goes.
    • Finish
      Long, creamy and honeyed.

  30. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    There are some interesting aroma's and flavours. But it's too immature, hard too believe this has aged for 20 years.
    • Nose
      Very malty and dusty. This needs time. Some wood shavings. Slightly grassy, mainly straw and hay. Some ginger, lemon and apple. And a hint of cookie dough.
    • Taste
      Sharp and peppery (chili), followed by grapefruit, vanilla and some lemon zest. A speck of coffee.
    • Finish
      Drying and oaky. Malt. Lemon.

  31. bull10298 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Matured in ex-Bourbon wood rather than the European oak casks more
    characteristic of this now demolished Dufftown distillery, the 1989 Pityvaich
    displays a soft, gentle and slightly grassy nose, with vanilla, mild ginger and
    home-made lemonade. A little oiliness in the mouth, with vanilla, Granny Smith
    apples and something slightly earthy. Medium length in the finish, with
    persistent oaky spiciness.

    http://www.whisky-pages.com/notes/distillery.php?id=pitty

     

  32. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  33. dicembre29 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    20 yo (57,5%, OB 2009, 6000 btl.)

    Nose: fresh, rather light for a 20 year-old, but pleasant. Holding the middle between a malty, mineral and a fruity profile. Pears, biscuits. Some pineapple. Quite creamy. Subtle hints of oak polish and fresh, new leather. Vanilla. A touch of freshly cut grass. Mouth: a rather sharp attack with grassy notes and zesty fruit. Apples and orange skin mostly. Soft hints of vanilla. Then there are a few earthy notes, with toast and a little tobacco. Coffee. Finish: medium length on oranges, with very faint hints of salt. Again waves of cut grass.

    A Pittyvaich that seems 10-15 years old rather than 20. Apart from that, it shows a pleasant, unique character which proves that even neglected distilleries can produce beautiful stuff. But at around € 120 the price vs. quality ratio is rather weak.

    Score: 82/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/category/old-pulteney/

     

     

  34. VWWW scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This whisky matured longer than the distillery produced, so they never got the credits they deserved... The Pittyvaich 12y Flora&Fauna made me expecting nothing special from this expression, but what a great dram it was! No doubt when you ever get the chance to get your hands on this one!

  35. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A pretty odd profile, hard to describe. At young age this would probably have been a terrible whisky, but now it's kind of likeable nevertheless.
    Notes from a dram on a tasting evening by Diageo.
    • Nose
      Rather weird, kind of meaty. Almond and toffee.
    • Taste
      Again that weird meaty character, yeasty almost. Furthermore almond, toffee and peanut. With water some pepper and orange.
    • Finish
      Almond, minced meat, pepper and toffee.

  36. st7 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  37. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Coffee, wet wood, some vanilla
    • Taste
      Beefy, vanilla, apples
    • Finish
      Coffee, vanilla, not too long

  39. Sonett scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Adding water brings more vanilla and grapefruit. Immature nose disappears and also brings out more of the spices.
    • Nose
      A slight nose of immaturity despite it's 20 years, vague nose of pears, grass, grain and white raisins
    • Taste
      Light and crispy taste at first apples and pears then more taken over by increasing spices
    • Finish
      Medium long without surprises.

  40. peathead scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This has been a very strange experience for me.  Without water I thought it was a very good whisky, on the nose and certainly on the palate.  But when I added water it all fell apart.  I regret watering it down (even though I used only a few drops).  So scoring this whisky is not very easy.

  41. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very pleasant appley, biscuity dram from an unheralded distillery that
    closed its doors in 1993 after only eighteen years of existence. I
    was totally surprised about the quality of this 20-year-old Pittyvaich, highly recommended!

  42. I_SPEY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Bought today at www.whiskysite.nl, tremendous whisky, with honey, fruits(apples) and nutmeg. Also my favourite lovely vanilla, perfect. This is such a smooth whisky, so absolutely enjoyable and therefor perfect!

  43. corbuso scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    this was a very good suprise. A very fresh and complex whisky, with a zest of citrus.

  44. magic_slim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky, worth trying and definitely better than expected.
    • Nose
      Warming, alcoholic and aromatic with acacia honey, exotic fruits (mangos) and spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). There is also vanilla and notes from yellow flowers. A nice nose without a failure.
    • Taste
      Warming, balanced, clean, fresh and spicy with notes of beeswax, apples, ginger, white pepper and sandal wood. A slight reminder of the nose with hints of mangos and cinnamon. Just a little thin and the taste is somehow reminding of beer, but everything is pleasant.
    • Finish
      Long and warming from deep inside. A light, dry and oaky aftertaste with some beeswax. Very pleasant.

  45. saintjimmy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I have rated the Edradour 24 year old Chateau D'Yquem with 92 points, resulting I have to give this Pittyvaich the same. This whisky is just so pure, smooth and exceptionally well balanced, but with character. This is just what I want in a whisky, this fits my personal taste absolutely. Points; 92.
    • Nose
      Fresh bread, grass, apples or perhaps more like cider, honey.
    • Taste
      The smoothness of this whisky is just of such an high level, it amazes me (minerally). You wouldn't expect the whisky to be 20 years. The apple/cider & flavor really walks ahead of the other flavors. Also some mint, fresh bread & flavors that reminds you of a lingering summer with nice flowers at a lovely river.
    • Finish
      The finish is really smooth and satisfactory. Fresh fruits, apples/lemon/grapes, malt. Amazing!

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