Pittyvaich 29-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2019
Stated Age
29 years old
PX and Oloroso seasoned casks
Number of bottles
51.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
18 Aug 2019 2:48 pm by Dirk

Average value

€ 395.56

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93 × member ratings

182 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Pittyvaich 29-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.15 points

  1. 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.

  2. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


  5. 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.

  6. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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.

    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.

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

  7. 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

  8. Kuba9712 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior



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


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


    medium long, warming, slightly acidic,


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

  9. herby.usa scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    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.

    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!

    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).

    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).

  10. 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.


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