Aged 12 Years

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 4, Issue 27
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Brand: Pittyvaich
Expression: Aged 12 Years
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 12 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: The colour suggests European oak and the nose is a classic dry amontillado: resin, clove, savoury notes-roasted almond, flamed orange peel, smoked tea, some toffee.
Palate: Heavy sherry flavours, almond especially. A slightly oily but tannic feel. There's perfumed smoke but the spirit is beefed up by heavy oak flavours.
Finish: Smoked cheese.
Comment: The richest by far, but all of it wood-driven.
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Caramel, pulped fruit and oak. Not unpleasant, but curiously artificial. Almost brandy-like.
Palate: Fat and fruity, some sweet malt.
Finish: Coffee-biscuit sweetness and mealiness; not bad, but doesn't seem to hang right.
Comment: A weird whisky all round. Pleasing character, but just doesn't feel right.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Sherryish, perfumy, pear-skins.
Palate: Very sherryish; assertive. Some malty chewiness. Vanilla. Soft, sweet, pear-like fruitiness, moving to a spicy dryness.
Finish: Spicy, perfumy, intensely dry.
Comment: Pittyvaich has always seemed a bit spirity to me, like a Scottish grappa. This version is softened slightly by the sherry.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Big brutal sherry. Winey. Quite beefy. Marmite. Overpowering sherrywood. Tobacco.
Palate: Toffee but with rancid butter notes. Cardboard. No subtlety in that sherry first-fill. Where has the malt gone?
Finish: Long but bitter. Smoky burnt wood.
Comment: You need to be sherry-mad to love this. Water releases more pleasant fruitcake notes on the nose but more harshness on the palate.
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Pittyvaich (Closed 1993) Distillery, Dufftown, Moray, Scotland
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