Pittyvaich 29-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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
Bottle code
Added on
18 Aug 2019 2:48 pm by Dirk

Average value

€ 393.29

55 × in wishlist

125 × member ratings

243 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Pittyvaich 29-year-old

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.26 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. 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 :-)

  7. 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

  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


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