Introduced as part of the 2018 Special Release series, this bottling has lived longer than the distillery did. Established in 1975 and closed in 1993. From refill American Oak hogsheads, deeming only 4,680 individually numbered bottles world-wide.
From a closed distillery, the oldest 1989 Pittyvaich yet in this series, is complex and compelling; light and straightforward, yet also full-flavoured and forceful.
Appearance: Old gold, lightly oily. Good beading.
Nose: Dense and mellow with a brief, light prickle. Compelling in its simplicity.Waxy, then slow notes of sweet, gingery cake rise above traces of lemon zest, honey and fresh mint on ripe red apple skins. Later, fruit salad with banana and sweet vanilla with coconut, ground almond and red fruit; much later,a more sharply fruity note.
Body: Light, with a slowly deepening viscosity.
Palate: Immediate and direct. Smooth coating texture and a sweet taste with a warming, peppery pungency. Dark toffee and spice; surprising notes of salt and flint. Growing toasty, with charred, raisin-rich apple strudel and toasted coconut; then marzipan, bitter chocolate, heather and menthol.
Finish: Gentle and warming, with some white pepper. Oily, with a pervasive pungency. Sweetly mint-cool with burnt croissant, cedar and hints of smoke. Slowly drying and very, very long.
Official Tasting Notes.