Pittyvaich was one of the newest and most short lived distilleries in Scotland, only operating from 1974 until 1993. The distillery has now been demolished and this is the most easily (for now) available of the very small number of bottlings of their spirit.
This is a bottling that many fans of this underrated distillery still have a soft spot for - the unpretentious old-style Scapa 12yo: an easygoing dram, delightfully honeyed and malty. Replaced by the short-lived, unloved 14yo shortly before owners Allied sold up to Pernod Ricard.
A special bottling for the Friends of the Classic Malts, this is a 12 year-old bottled at the classic Talisker strength of 45.8% and is a definite step up in depth and class from the always-terrific 10 year-old. Spicy, peppery and complex - delicious.
Lagavulin 12yo is always one of the most anticipated bottlings in Diageo's Special Releases. As before, this is a full strength bottling from American oak casks. Malt Maniacs Awards 2011: Best Natural Cask Award (Daily Drams)
'If there is a silkier delivery on the market today, I have not seen it: this is sublime stuff...one of the world's most masterful whiskies back in all its complex glory' Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2010: Best Blend (5-12 Years); 95.5 Points