Pittyvaich 1989

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2015
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
49.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
19 Oct 2015 9:26 am by mds51
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 352.02

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Whisky Reviews for Pittyvaich 1989

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.40 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring soft fruit notes and floral aromas flow out of my glass. The alcohol content (49.9% cask strength) is perfectly integrated and allows long breaths just above the edge of the glass. Fresh, bright fruits are immediately dominant. Apricots, green apples, pears, pineapple, a hint of passion fruit and hints of unripe strawberries cement the fruity foundation. The gentle fruit flavors are covered with soft vanilla / caramel and blossom honey notes. This is followed by malt, almonds and a light, reminiscent of Clynelish, wax note. An unbelievably beautiful contrast is the distinctive oak wood notes, which are always perceptible, but at no time push the fruity-fresh aromas into the background. The nose excites me right away, as it depicts a very harmonious symbiosis of silky soft fruit notes and a noticeably long maturing period of a quarter of a century.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly oily and soft the Pittyvaich starts on the palate. The strong alcohol content gives the malt sufficient strength and fits my feeling very well again. I renounce the addition of water. In the beginning sweet, bright fruits dominate the taste again: apricots, green apples, pears and tropical fruits I perceive. It is followed by floral notes, vanilla, sweet malt, plenty of almonds, milk chocolate, fresh mown grass, hints of herbs and pine needles, wax and tart oak notes. Hidden deep in the background is a tender smoke flag. Similar to the nose, the taste is very complex and harmonious. The palate is already slightly dry.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, fruity-spicy and warm. The sweet fruit notes dominate in the short term with a little honey and vanilla. Milk chocolate and herbs follow. The spicy notes of oak wood are beneficial in the end and cause a noticeable, but always pleasant, dryness. A fine nuttiness and delicate smokiness set the final point.

  2. Hemdl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Actually, I'm not a huge fan of classic species, too often I find it boring or interchangeable. But this one is really exciting, offers many different flavors and manages to wrap these into a harmonious overall work of art. A magnificent ex-Bourbon maturation as it is written in the book, complex and clean matured. Too often, the malts of closed distilleries are overestimated and improperly transfigured, but here it meets exactly my taste. Great malt!
    • Nose
      Sweet, light, malty, slightly floral. Classic Speysider. Light fruits, some creamy honey, in the background clearly noticeable textures of bitter oak.
      After a certain time in the glass clear almonds, green apples and malty sweetness.
    • Taste
      Almost perfect alcohol content is the first thing I think. Strong and direct, but not overburdening and piercing. This fits easily, water does not necessarily need the Pittyvaich.
      On the tongue now a wonderful combination of nutty aromas (again, the almonds from the nose, but also walnut), slightly floral notes, spicy-sweet oak. The latter had much less present than I expected after the nose, which is very good for the malt.
      Generally a very oily consistency, nestles down to the tongue and palate. There in addition to the already mentioned flavors again with slightly grassy notes (just a Speysider) and green fruits, but also interesting herbal notes, which I can not really determine. At the end with a slight smoke / peat note. Beautiful variety and altogether very harmonious, that fits!
    • Finish
      In the medium-long finish with the expected oak notes, even here not as dry and bitter as feared. Slightly astringent, without jottings. Light fruity notes and some honey before the oak takes over and the sweet and spicy tannins remain. Here, too, with a slight hint of smoke, but less clearly than on the tongue.

  3. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    With under € 300 one of the cheaper of the Diageo Special Releases 2015 & 16 - and one of the best, thus at the PLV very far ahead. Beautiful fruity and light-sweet notes, the smell reflects great in the taste again, very creamy, tasty, little bitter-woody-spicy notes, a great, self-contained whisky.
    • Nose
      fresh and fruity, pineapple, banana, vanilla, double biscuits with lemon filling, white pepper ... still has good sharpness, something tingles in the nose, with some water come ripe bananas, vanilla, biscuit and lemon cream even more intense, plus fresh sawdust from young wood
    • Taste
      sweet banana, vanilla cream, a hint of ripe, juicy pear, in passing an exotic-fruity touch, then butter cookies, milk chocolate, milk coffee, Nutella, ends in tart, dried kitchen herbs
    • Finish
      medium-long mild-sweet and creamy, light chocolate, vanilla and banana sound again after, a little longer then remains the pleasantly dry herbal note, not the slightest trace of bitter or spicy (which is actually at least a minimum of whisky at least here)

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    An interesting, light dram for people who like this direction, almost more Lowlander than Speysider, but has something interesting about it.
    • Nose
      Very floral nose, green apple, honey (light), vanilla, chamomile, pear, waxy and a little nut
    • Taste
      Pear, green apple, eigtl the whole nose again chewed through, with pineapple, a little apricot and vllt. even bright berries, almonds
    • Finish
      Dry and light-fruited, pear and apricot remain with the shell and slight exotic-florality, medium length

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    I recently hosted a unique online masterclass in which all six official releases from this closed distillery were tasted, from the 12 years old Flora & Fauna series to all 5 Diageo Special Releases (20yo, 25yo, 28yo, 29yo, 30yo). This 25 Year Old is bottled at cask strength. I was a bit surprised that I had not yet posted any notes, so high time to rectify that.

    Nice, round and aromatic nose on tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, white peach, lime) and a touch of oak, a bit of vanilla and some mint. Delicious!

    Nicely seasoned, but at the same time very fruity and sweet. It transports me directly to a tropical island. The strength is nigh perfect. This is very, very good.

    The finish is medium long, fruity, softly spicy and simply outstanding.

    A heavenly whisky from this lost Speysider.

  6. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: malt and ripe citrus, with apple, beeswax and honey, mandarin fillets from the tin (I love the things!), And the whole thing permeated by a very slight mineral note. A little vanilla, subtly woody, with time more pineapple and gooseberries, very well balanced!

    Mouth: Amazing dry, malty and herbal king. I would not have expected that, given the juicy fruitiness in the aroma. Again clearly honey-king, bitter oranges, a lot of pepper, almost chili-like enormous strength.

    Finish: Very dry and astringent, astringent, peppery and malty.

    Conclusion: As much as I liked the smell, I did not like the taste.


  7. ailean scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It can do something - and light fruits.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet scent, light garden fruits, light grapes, some citrus fruits, lime zest, lemongrass
    • Taste
      91 91
      Citrus zest, light and acidic dryness, some mineral notes, sweet oak spiciness, overall very tangy mouthfeel
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweet, spicy, tangy, long - a very suitable and harmonious finish


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