Pittyvaich 29-year-old

Overall rating
88.32/100
votes
154
Whiskybase ID
WB137299
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2019
Vintage
1989
Bottled
08.07.2019
Stated Age
29 years old
Casktype
PX and Oloroso seasoned casks
Number of bottles
5568
Strength
51.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L9187DQ002
Barcode
5000281059280
Added on
18 aug 2019 2:48 pm by Dirk

Average value

€ 432.80

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154 × member ratings

309 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Pittyvaich 29-year-old

29 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.32 points.

  1. elipszis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      sherry
      complex
      honey
      smoky
      raisins
      milk chocolate
      earthy notes
      old wood
    • Taste
      90 90
      camamber
      sherry
      earthy notes
      complex
      orange peel
    • Finish
      89 89
      camamber
      bitter
      old wood
      nutmeg
      ginger
      long finish

  2. Svjatogor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    n: delicate, beautifull green apples, sour, floral, hay, orange peel, lemon, herbal, spicy, hint of wood and honey
    t: light sherry, orange peel, floral, sweet, spicy
    a: sweet, light sherry, warming, bitter, ginger, orange peel, old wood, nutmeg, looooong finish

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. ailean scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Numwierum scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Smell: citrus fruits, caramelized apples and pears, spicy forest honey, somehow buttery, spices and oak wood.
    Taste: Here, too, the citrus fruits are present again, but are more in the direction of orange peel, raisins, dried figs, slightly sweet, walnut, and again spices.
    Finish: Long, quite dry, almonds, slightly bitter and a lot of oak spice.
    Conclusion: The whisky seems rather restrained at the beginning, then rather fresh notes come to the fore, only at the finish do you notice its age again.
    Not very complex for its age and a little unbalanced, but still not a bad whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Hlektrion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. K C Wong scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Complex whisky - spicy oak, apple, citrus. Finish medium with bitterness. My first pittyvaich. 22-22-21-22

  9. whiskytornado scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. -sAxo- scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Compared in a masterclass with Pittyvaich 25yo, 28yo and 30yo. All whiskies mostly distilled in 1989.

    The 29th is for me the winner.
    On top of the typical paints and varnishes present in all Pitty, it has a more decisive resin taste with excellent sulfuric notes.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  13. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  14. daverdaz scored this whisky 91 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 :-)

  15. EvilAFI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Honey, malt, straw, pepper, oak, mushroom, it has a elegant classic profile with a nice savory side

  16. Kuba9712 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    dramscore.com

    Nose:

    a lot of citrus, melon, banana, honey, such a sweet-buttery smell, a lot of PX influence

    Taste:

    very oily, complex, sweet notes mix with slightly sour ones, melon, honey, very ripe bananas, these are not typical modern sherry notes, floral, ginger,

    Finish:

    medium long, warming, slightly acidic,

    Score:

    A very unusual whisky from a no longer existing distillery Pittyvaich- 89/100

  17. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    This malt takes some time in the glass until the aromas develop. First I notice a fine oak note. Citrus, toffee and vanilla follow. Peach, pomelo and cherry provide a pleasant fruit sweetness. After the first sip, the nose becomes even sweeter. Black pepper and other spices complete the profile.

    Taste:
    The promising nose is not found in the mouth. The pittyvaich is malty-sweet, a few fruit notes also flash. Vanilla and oak are subtle in the background. Spices and green tea dominate.

    Outlet:
    Soft and medium length with some oak and malt.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. herby.usa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A good dram can cost something :-)
    That was the motto I had given myself at a whisky fair about half a year ago. The experience was just wow! So I decided to get the bottle :-).
    Yesterday we started a private tasting with other fine droplets. And the experience was stunning again.

    Nose:
    Vanilla, honey-sweet, yellow fruits.
    It takes time. So warm up (tightly enclose the nosing glass - so that no one can take it away from me). Now the old gentleman opens: the vanilla becomes very intense and mixes with honey flavors, flower meadows, butter toffee, whole grain bread / malt, marzipan, a hint of citrus. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated (51.4%) and does not sting your nose.
    a real sniffer!

    Taste:
    And again, the alcohol content in the mouth feels extremely pleasant. No burning, stinging or biting. Full-bodied and soft, the vanilla is clearly recognizable. The citrus (orange?) Appears. Dried dark berries (sultanas?) Spread in the mouth. And then the taste of green tea dominates. Sweetness (honey, cotton candy) is always present. The tannins are there, but restrained. Oily and creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate, cocoa and coffee appear in the back of the throat. And now another spiciness - definitely ginger; but also mint (peppermint tea).

    Outlet:
    Long (longer), interplay of spicy and sweet and always the green tea or peppermint tea. The coffee comes out clearly in the throat again.

    Wow, a real experience (every drop is worth the money); it's like old school whisky. Another sip -
    slainte mhath!

    Next time I'll experiment with some water (today I just wanted to enjoy it as is).

  19. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant whisky, rich, sparkling, like carbonated, the palette is quite diverse, deep, good in development, very strong, open.
    • Nose
      Open, moist, old wood, vanilla, custard, lemon slice in tea, coated tablets, grain, sticky mineral notes - crumb stone, whetstone; light animal shades.
    • Taste
      Thick, rich, spicy oak, lemonade notes, grain, creamy tones, vanilla, roasted nuts, leather goods, lemon peel, light industrial shades, industrial textiles.
    • Finish
      Light, refreshing, soft oak notes, vanilla, creamy tones, lemon peel, light beer, light mineral-industrial shades.

  20. Odinson scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Hm, seems to be a collector's whisky and not a drinking whisky. Muff and mold can certainly be appealing, but for him, with this first impression, which can be described as shy, it actually only seems out of place. Then there is this unspectacular finish, as if after the film it wasn't the end credits, but the beer advertising.
    Oh yes, there was something else: 29 years.
    Age is not everything.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A vanilla-like, honey-sweet banana jam - but the bowl is in another room. At the beginning he keeps you at a distance, doesn't push himself, wants oxygen first.
      Then, over time, it becomes more generous, initially showing more intense vanilla and honey flavors, then yeast dough, whole grain bread, marzipan, malt. Looks waxy, dense.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Almond, orange peel, musty cellar, wet leaves, freshly cut mushrooms come with a not too strong start. It looks meaty and nutty. Demanding. Old coffee grounds, moldy leather. Over time it drifts towards muff and mold.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Dry and short (!) Finish. Category is still trendy. A few more old orange peels, a little dusty storage - and bye.

  22. dramidaris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  24. Bam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very set, a lot of old oak, refreshed by apple and citrus notes. I hardly find sherry flavors.
    • Nose
      sour apple, lemon and orange. Strong, spicy oak. Nutmeg. Moss.
    • Taste
      strong start, silky mouthfeel. Sweet apple, reminiscent of Haribo apple rings, vanilla, strong oak flavor, peppery. Grapefruit is still coming through.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Lots of espresso and oak, lemon and some apple.

  25. Kuba9712 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Rich, multi-faceted whisky with excellent balance and depth. Reduced the balance by one point for the fact that after an hour and a half the fragrance began to run out of breath and decay.
    • Nose
      Tones of honey, figs, cherries and oatmeal cookies prevail. Deeper — straw, dusty boards, wool, leather, a farmyard and sun-heated tires. After 20 minutes, distinctive nutty notes appeared in the aroma.
    • Taste
      Turkish delight, honey, dates, grapefruit and herbal bitterness.
    • Finish
      Long, measured, smoothly growing, with echoes of honey, figs and Brazil nuts. Delicate tannins and spicy spices appear in the middle. At the end, the nuances of fresh pastries and caramel emerge.

  27. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A really exciting and characterful malt that I liked better than the releases of the past years.

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2020/01/31/pittyvaich-29-yo-1989-2019-px-and-oloroso-seasoned-casks-5568-bottles-514-vol-ob-2019/

  28. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Honey, oak, banana, apricot, bread, spice.
    • Taste
      Mild red fruit, banana, some funky notes, spice, and floral notes.
    • Finish
      Very long, with sweet floral notes, nuts, and spice.

  29. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Huge bready notes, sweet and orange, oak spices.
    • Taste
      Shines here, some Magnolia flower extracts, herbs and mints, malty and sugary, a little bit watery, aromatic, vegetal, very smooth.
    • Finish
      Medium, malty and nutty.

  30. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Yellow Potpourri

    Ah, Pittyvaich… I have a soft spot for this malt. The distillery didn’t last long, though. It was built in 1974 by Arthur Bell’s & Sons, but was closed already in 1993. The Pittyvaich 12 Year Old in the Fauna & Flora series had only been released two years prior to closure. But in the Diageo Special Releases it is already the fourth time that we can welcome this Speysider. Apparently 1989 was a very busy year, for we were treated to a 20 years old in 2009, a 25 years old in 2018 and last year saw the release of an outstanding 28 years old. Hence, this release was secretly the one I was most looking forward to.

    Delicious nose on pomelo and yuzu, yellow potpourri, baking banana and chestnut with a bit of sweet butter. Some caramelized ginger and some toffee and heather. I am in seventh heaven.

    Sweet and sour with a silky soft texture. Turkish Delight, Christmas Cake spices, sultanas and candied ginger. Again that floral side. I really like this. Some overdone fruit tea without becoming really tannic. Nice bitterness. Mildly drying. Good balance.

    The finish is almost long, soft with some ginger and citrus at the death.

    Pittyvaich keeps surprising me in a pleasant way. I’m very happy to have scored a bottle.

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