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    1989 Pittyvaich 25 Year Old (Special Release 2015) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
    $499. 00 Bottle
    $5988.00 Dozen
    ABV: 49.9%
    An unusual release from a distillery that was open from 1974 to 1993. In fact, this whisky is older than the lifespan of the distillery. Built by Arthur Bell & Sons, Pittyvaich was one of the youngest Scottish distilleries in operation at the time. The name is derived from Pictish, and refers to a land holding or farmstead. The prefix is common, particularly in the Eastern counties which were the former home of the Picts.

    The distillery stood near the Dufftown Distillery in Dufftown. Originally built to provide malt whisky for blends, Pittyvaich finally released an official bottling in 1991 under the Flora & Fauna label. Diageo have followed up with this extended age special release. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and ex-bourbon barrels. Distilled 1989 and bottled at natural strength, 6,000 bottles are available worldwide.

    Tasting note: Brilliant pale gold. Soft, floral, honeyed aromas suggest pear, hazelnut, beeswax, lanolin; Second pass finds grassy, ripe pear notes added to the mix. Medium bodied, surprisingly soft textured; light entry builds into a succulent fruit-tart profile. Purring spices. Tea biscuits. Orchard fruits repeat on the finish. Ends peppery, creamy, medium long. Uncomplicated, but impossible not to like this. 49.9% Alc./Vol.