1989 Pittyvaich 30 Year Old (Special Release 2020) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Tasting note: [15ml sample] The only ghost distillery this year and reportedly, the only Pittyvaich ever released to have been finished in ex-bourbon casks, which impart a little extra sweetness. Arguably the most luxuriously scented of the collection - although coaxing is required. Seductive aromas of Toblerone bar, ripe peach, muted beeswax and vanilla follow in a silky, graceful delivery including toasted cereals, tea biscuits, pepper and nut chocolate. Medium long and fresh to finish. Great stuff! 50.8% Alc.Vol. Non chill filtered. 7056 bottles.
Other reviews... The oily nose yields intense tropical fruits, vanilla, nougat, and pine. Rich peach notes on the full palate, with a light sprinkling of white pepper, and hazelnuts dipped in milk chocolate. Spicy in the medium-length finish. Matured in first-fill bourbon barrels. 91 points - whiskyadvocate.com
...Shall we find mutton suet? Lamb fat? Bone marrow? Paraffin? Sulphur candles? Castor oil?... Colour: light gold. Nose: we’re very close to the 1988, which makes sense, just a tad leafier and perhaps more austere. More oils (rapeseed, perhaps sesame, grapeseed) and with whiffs of concrete dust, scoria, then rather green bananas and avocado juice. Not a very common profile for sure, but there’s some elegance and self-restraint to this one. Old school again (yet I don’t think the distillery was very old). With water: lovely yeasty sourness, ale, broken branches, beets, perhaps even a little cabbage (but no sulphur!) Mouth (neat): this is very good, no quibbling at all this time, and certainly fruitier. Various bananas, probably guava, then apples of all sorts. Beyond that, the expected mineral and chalky combo, paraffin, some Sancerre-y flavours (chalk, fruit peel) and some grapefruit. With water: oh perfect, mint chiming in, together with fennel seeds, ouzo, cider, chlorophyll… Finish: medium, rounder and a little fruitier, citrusy, with a little ginger and perhaps palm heart. Not too sure about the palm hearts. Comments: vive la difference! That’s something I’ve learnt over the years, you could find stunners at strictly all Distilleries, it’s just that some issued more of them and you have to hunt some down. The thrill of the chase, sir. 90 points - whiskyfun.com