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Pittyvaich Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Site of the Former Pittyvaich Distillery
Dufftown AB55 4BR Scotland
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The Pittyvaich Distillery was founded by Arthur Bell & Sons (now a subsidiary of Diageo) in 1975. It was the last distillery built in the Malt Whisky Capital of the World, otherwise known as Dufftown. The distillery is situated in the Dullan Glen on the outskirts of Dufftown and near the historic Mortlach Church which dates back to the sixth century. It is also located next to sister distillery Dufftown.

Pittyvaich and Dufftown worked in conjunction to produce a malt whisky which was used mainly for blends - in particular - for Bell's blends which is famed for its distinctive character and taste. To achieve this, according to Bell's, the brand draws its inherent qualities from several of Scotland's finest distilleries, each with its own extra special appeal.

At one time in the early 1990s, Pittyvaich Distillery was utilized briefly for a trial production of gin - in particular, Gordon's Gin. At this time, the neutral spirit for Gordon's was produced at Cameronbridge Distillery in Fife and was then transported to London to their gin pot still. This process was not practical nor cost effective, therefore, an experiment was tried at Pittyvaich to see if a quality gin could be produced in Scotland.

The distillery's spirit and wash stills were modified to accomodate

The Historic Mortlach Church
the production of gin and as it turned out, no one could tell the difference between the 'real' Gordon's and the one produced at Pittyvaich. As a result of this successful experiment, Gordon's Gin is now wholly produced in produced in Cameronbridge.

In 1991, the first official bottling was released by Diageo under the Flora and Fauna range. Pittyvaich brings to the discerning connoisseur a single malt of perfumed, fruity nose and robust flavour with a hint of spiciness.

The Pittyvaich Distillery was mothballed in 1993 and demolished in 2003.

PITTYVAICH 12 YEAR OLD 'Flora & Fauna'

Pittyvaich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Nose: The colour suggests European oak and the nose is a lassic 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.

Smoked cheese.

Plenty of richness, but driven by the sherrywood.

Tasting Notes by Dave Broom

Pittyvaich Whisky Distillery
Pittyvaich Distillery

The Pittyvaich Distillery was established in Dufftown by Arthur Bell & Sons in 1975 and naturally output was used primarily for Bell's blends. Built next to the Dufftown Distillery, the two worked together. Their stills were exact replicas of each other and they both shared warehousing facilities.

The distillery drew its water from two nearby springs - Convalleys and Balliemore. There were two wash stills and two spirit stills. The mash was delivered from an external source.

Pittyvaich was mothballed in 1993 and demolished in 2003.