Water Source: Bailliemore and Convalleys Springs
1974-1993: A Short Lived Speysider
Constructed and produced with modernity and mass production in mind it is something of a miracle that Pittyvaich managed to harbour much character at all, let alone some of the truly distinctive traits it often displays. It is often very grassy, drying, mineraled, oily and salty with further notes of butter, herbs, meat and flowers. The best examples are two young 1977s bottled by Cadenhead's in their old dumpy range. As usual some of the older Duncan Taylor bottlings are good examples of the natural distillery character, if not quite as thrilling as the Cadenhead's. James MacArthur bottled some very nice younger expressions that show the fresher, aromatic side of the distillate and an official 20yo from 2009 was an excellent, muscular and malty take on the make. However, by far the best was a 1974 by Kingsbury from a sherry cask. This was a big, honey driven, salty, complex, powerhouse of a dram, hard to find now but totally worth it.