Pittyvaich 28-year-old

Overall rating
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

€ 360.82

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Whisky Reviews for Pittyvaich 28-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.03 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. Highlander65 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Notes of dark fruit, but after a while it gets gentler and turns to white fruit In the mouth it is very creamy, spicy, sugared, ripe fruit.
    Great malt!

  6. WhiskyRates_by_Tommy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Characters of old dram, coffee beans, hints of herbs, fruity aroma, domination green apples, white peppers, slightly savory. 89
    • Taste
      91 91
      Firstly you trace the honey caky sweet, but quickly it adds more Sour and spices. Strong Vinegar sour, lemon honey sour, with hot pepper, black pepper, white pepper spices. There’s baked wood textures and citrus peel notes. Then little honey herbal sweetness was bring back a little in the aftertaste. 91
    • Finish
      89 89
      Aftertaste is elegant slight chocolate, green peppers, leaving pepper warmth over my tongue. herbal scent and sweetness. 89

  7. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Fresh, sweet, malty, baked apples, flowery notes, fruity (strawberries, cherries, bananas), spicy (ginger, pepper), vanilla, citrus
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fresh, fruity (apples, pears, oranges), coconut, almonds, mint, spicy (pepper, ginger, cinnamon), marzipan, sultanas, citrus
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium long, soft, sweet, apples, spicy

  8. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A good representative of the wood-grain division, rich, well-balanced, age is felt, but a poor palette of derivatives, a simple composition, poor in half tones, this is partially offset by power and pressure.
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, fresh boards, fried potatoes, animal fat, mineral notes - grindstone, stone chips; lemon peel, floral tones, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Dense, saturated, strong oak shades, vanilla, ginger, red pepper, lemon zest, sweet creamy and pastry notes, some tropical fruits.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, pepper, ginger, oak, grain, vanilla, shortbread cookies.

  9. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87


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