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Review: Pittyvaich 30 Years Old Limited Edition 2020

This is the 4th Pittyvaich release in the Diageo Special Releases series since 2015. This 30 year old marks the first time it has been finished in first fill ex-bourbon casks.

As with the 2019 release, it’s one of my favorites in the lineup, if not my top pick.

The nose is initially a bit gravelly and earthy, but this is just the whisky taking its time to ramp up. Give it some air and some breathing room, and before long a fruit-heavy wheel begins to spin. It’s a mix of tropical fruits and brown sugar, layered through spice — all making for a complex and immersive aromatic profile.

The palate continues the theme, with lots of citrus and tropical notes in a swirl with notes of brown sugar, chocolate, and lots of baking spices giving the whisky a decidedly holiday feel. A hint of butterscotch and apple brown betty sweeten up a finish that doesn’t really need it — but which is entirely welcome all the same.

101.6 proof.

A / $525 / malts.com

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Pittyvaich 30 Years Old Limited Edition 2020

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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