Pittyvaich 1992 Prima & Ultima Collection 30 Year Old
Selected as the ultimate example of this little known malt, these are the last ever Pedro Ximénez/Oloroso butts from 1992 and the last of the distillery’s younger liquid as it closed the following year. Standing as Pittyvaich’s last ever 30-Year-Old whisky, the richness of character, fruity-spicy aromas and depth of taste make this a very special Single Malt.
Appearance: Rich rosewood, deep red with amber lights. Good beading and legs.
Nose: A mellow, drying nose with no real prickle. A fleeting hint of wine nods to the PX/Oloroso casks, then the top notes are of red fruits, such as redcurrants, cherries and a suggestion of raspberry jam, joined by just a hint of ripe banana, although the overall effect is not sweet. These fruity notes soon fade to simply leave a dry trace of wine, and a sweet suggestion of chocolate at reduced strength.
Palate: A soft, creamy-smooth texture introduces a lightly sweet taste with a sherried fruitiness then a pinch of salt in mid-palate, which soon becomes tannic and dry, while spicily warming. Beautifully fluid and single minded. A drop of water thins the taste but increases the spice.
Finish: Of medium length and fruity, with a dry, slightly peppery spicy kick and aftertaste. Similar with water.