Pittyvaich 1985 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Closed Distilleries
Stated Age
23 years old
Rum Finish
Number of bottles
49.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 dec 2008 3:06 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 227.00

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21 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Pittyvaich 1985 CA

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.63 points.

  1. kanpai79 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Coconut Milk

    Pittyvaich is a bit of a special distillery. She has the dubious honor of being the distillery with the shortest ever career, just under twenty years. Opened in 1974 by Arthur Bell & Sons and closed already in 1993 by then-owner Diageo, only two years after the Pittyviach 12 Year Old first appeared on the market in the famous Flora & Fauna series. Since 2002 only a few warehouses remain intact, the rest has been torn down. I’m trying a 23 Year Old from 1985 that got a rum finish, bottled by Cadenhead’s.

    That rum finish has certainly put a stamp on the nose. While the malt’s DNA is present, the nose is dominated by a sweetness reminiscent of coconut milk and almond oil. It is waxy and somewhat candy-like. Think guimauve – something I always appreciate in a whisky’s nose. Some mint, vanilla, ginger and some burn ointment. A bit weird. But very pleasant, let me be clear about that.

    The body is very oily. The malt is spicy on both white pepper and nutmeg with some ginger in the mix. A slight bitterness from chestnuts is quickly enveloped by the sweet rum. Coconut milk with pineapple and some marzipan. Some grapefruit as well. Again quite pleasant, but the rum dominates and I’m not sure I like that.

    The finish is medium long, softly seasoned and very sweet with some suntan lotion at the death.

    A weird and too sweet, but certainly interesting and atypical Pittyvaich. This is only my 6th, believe it or not, but I’ve (luckily) had much better than this.

  3. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87


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