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    1989 Pittyvaich 29 Year Old (Special Release 2019) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
    $499. 00 Bottle
    $5988.00 Dozen
    ABV: 51.4%
    Tasting note: A ‘ghost’ or closed distillery, operational for just 18 years before falling victim to industry consolidation in 1993. Double matured in Pedro Ximenez & Oloroso sherry seasoned bodega casks, this is uncommon malt and the only double-matured Pittyvaich ever released. Early on the nose, it's spritely and youthful before taking on a more mature aspect: Stewed orchard fruits, hints of shortbread and distant oak come through with a whiff of the coast. Nicely balanced, there's an interesting mix of dried grass and dried fig-like flavours, with sponge cake, gingery warmth and fruit-filled dark chocolates through the medium-long aftertaste. Unusual. 51.4% Alc./Vol. 4976 bottles.

    Distilled in 1989 and matured first in Pedro Ximénez, then in oloroso sherry-seasoned casks. Delicate and restrained on the nose, with apple, pear drops, ginger, and malt. Initially, sweet sherry, then dark berry fruits emerge on the supple palate, with oatmeal stout. More apples, and ginger, plus prunes and chili in the long, warming finish. An excellent release from an underrated closed distillery. (600 for the U.S.)
    93 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Winter 2019)