Pittyvaich 30yo 700ml 2020 Special Release
Diageo Special Releases 2020
Pittyvaich: this Speyside distillery is making a name for itself in the Special Releases, with three subsequent releases over the past years, usually with a high score. It is also the only ghost distillery these days, closed in 1993.
This year we’re getting a Pittyvaich 30 Years distilled in 1989 and matured in first-fill bourbon.
Nose: convinces immediately. This oily, fruity profile with bananas, unripe pear and pineapple, as well as some etheral citrus oil and Earl Grey. Distant vanilla sweetness with light hints of beeswax. Some mineral and green herbal touches.
Mouth: this an oily, creamy quality, with slightly tropical fruits (green mango, bananas, guava) and vanilla cream. Sponge cake. Gets more mineral again, with some chalky touches and green elements (peppercorns, bay leaf). Something of an aromatic Tripel beer. Just a tad boozy perhaps, but a great profile nonetheless.
Finish: not too long, but clean with fresh fruits, now zesty citrus, ginger and mint too.
Probably the best of the Pittyvaichs so far, Bright, with a nice (slightly hoppy) fruitiness and above average complexity.