Pittyvaich 28-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2018
Stated Age
28 years old
Number of bottles
52.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
01 Sep 2018 11:33 am by thebase
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 398.91

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Whisky Reviews for Pittyvaich 28-year-old

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.23 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    Pittyvaich was built in 1974 to make malt for the popular Bell’s blend. The distillery was short-lived, however, closing in 1993 after just 19 years of operation. That’s less than the time this malt spent in the cask! There was already a 20 Year Old in the Special Releases in 2009. Now they offer a new one – from the same year 1989 – as a 28 Year Old. For me, this was the biggest surprise of this year’s series!

    The nose starts deceptively simple, but there is much to be discovered if you take your time. A bit waxy with white fruit and coconut, but soon some guimauve develops (I love that note in a whisky!), some big fresh minty note shows itself and it gets more depth thanks for some nuts, vanilla and lemon zest. Very soft on the spices. Think ginger, liquorice and vanilla.

    It is silky soft and fruity sweet, but with an immediate and unrelenting spiciness. Peppers, ginger and mint. Once the malt has settled on your palate, some delicious sweetness appears from marzipan and apple pastry, sultanas and some grapefruit. A surprisingly salty note appears. How entertaining and lovely.

    The finish is medium long, soft and sweet and for a moment makes you doubt if the taste was in fact that spicy, that’s how soft this one dies.

    This is only my 4th Pittyvaich (well, there are not that many after all), but by far the most lovely and complex I have had. So much so, that I am considering getting me one of these, despite the price tag of 350 EUR. This is a malt to share with friends on a very special occasion.

  2. Hemdl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great malt, was directly bought.
    • Nose
      I had the malt for about 10 minutes in the glass and I am revealed a wonderfully creamy nose full of creamy honey notes, sweets, light green fruits and sweet malt. A touch of green apples and a very pleasantly viscous yet fresh aroma, which only subtly oak can show. Are there still subtle citrus notes?
    • Taste
      Creamy, sweet, super-soft mouthfeel. Really to clean. Here are quite clear citrus notes, which with the honey and vanilla notes form a flavor, which is best known from the mixture of lemon cake and the often existing icing. Sweet and yet slightly fruity. The green fruits now somewhat more restrained, but now slightly nutty notes. I can only advise the Malt to play something on the tongue, he really thanks.
    • Finish
      Long and soft, elegant one would like to say. At the end a subtle oak and smoky note. No bitterness, no dryness, no dull mouthfeel. Here, too, slightly citrusy, the fruity-sweet aromas are only to be guessed, but now noticeably spicy without drifting into barrel notes.

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    nice, ripe fruit bomb - on the border to Lutschwhisky
    • Nose
      89 89
      Mountain peach, noble Sauvignon Blanc, sweet grain - with water distinct bitter orange
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet mango juice, yellow Campino candies, vanilla - after a while, dry, pleasant oak turns up, but it is reserved for its age
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium long, fruity, subtly dry

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose has some citrus but I mainly get cereals at first with some honey coming in mixed with lime.
    The palate is really good and I can sum it up by saying a bag of fruit gums with a tint amount of pepper at the back but the fruit gum taste is lovely.
    The white pepper note increases with a little ginger but the fruit remains.
    Sweet icing sugar emerges and the finish is long , spicy & sweet.
    This is great and much better than I was expecting
    I think for the money this is good value compared to similar priced whisky
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. TsiAI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell: The white floral fragrance floats on the upper layer, and the deepest is sweet to the ultimate honey-stained pulp, tropical dried fruits (pineapple, mango), the sweetness of yacon, the purity and refreshing feeling of green tea and herbs. Baked nuts, baked biscuits, butter, cocoa powder, a little plastic. 89/100
    Taste: exploding white floral fragrance, magnolia, jasmine. Canned yellow peaches, tropical fruits such as passionflower and grapefruit, rose + sweet orange essential oil, fresh prunes, sweet apricots, nectar. At the end are mocha, toasted nuts, and honey. 90/100
    Body: Extremely oily, condensed, medium-heavy body. 90/100
    Ending rhyme: long, oak aroma, black chocolate, citrus soda, floral 91/100
    Overall: 90/100, rich in grease, not only beautiful but also wonderful. Very lively, the 28-year-old wine still has a touch of greenness, not the maturity of 30 years or so, but it does not hinder its beauty.

  6. whiskytornado scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. TheMbG scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Spicy spicy nose, very balanced.
    Very tasty whisky!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Spicy, spicy, varnish, floral, grassy, banana in the background, a little honey
    • Taste
      88 88
      Peppery entry, fruity, spearmint, oily, caramel, hint of wood
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium-long, soft, slightly spicy, milk chocolate

  8. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. daverdaz scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Today cross comparison between Pittyvaich 28y, 29y, 30y.

    1st place Pittyvaich 30y
    2nd place Pittyvaich 28y
    3rd place Pittyvaich 29y

    Unfortunately, the 29y has no depth and looks rather flat. In my opinion, you could have saved the finish in sherry casks.

    The 28y has been one of my favorites for years. Super straight and honest. It convinces with the classic pitty profile and a pure Bourbon barrel maturation.

    The 30y manages to beat the 28y because it offers more depth and sweetness than the 28y. Here the finish in Fresh Bourbon Casks seems to have paid off after spending almost 30y in refill Bourbon Casks.

    Unfortunately, the Pittyvaich 30 is also the most expensive at € 400 or more (Pittyvaich 28y is € 280 or more). However, if you consider that it is a 30y Closed Distillery original bottling, you could almost be weak again. Since the circulation is large enough, there is no need to panic buying :-)

  10. DrunkDude scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      peachy fruity aroma, green apples, dried plums, hints of lemon cake. Grapefruit and its peel. 91
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong Lime and grapefruit sour and lemon peel bitterness, slight honey. Black pepper spices, hints of fennel, Brings back some sweetness, and then rich lemon peel bitterness. 89
    • Finish
      88 88
      Liqorice, lemon peels majored citrus bitterness. 88


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