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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Pittyvaich Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery 1975-1993

Built in 1975 by Arthur Bell & Sons

Location Speyside Region Central district Dufftown

Water source Bailliemore and Convalleys Springs


Distillery Equipment

2 Wash Stills

2 Spirit Stills


Mothballed in 1993


Demolished in 2002

Last Owners DCL


Pittyvaich Scotch Whisky Distillery History 

Arthur Bell & Sons built the Pittyvaich distillery in 1975. Last of the 1970s wave of distilleries to be built. Production from the distillery was for Bell’s Blends.


The distillery was located in the Dullan Glen close to Mortlach church. Next to the Dufftown distillery. The distillery was equipped with four stills that were exact replica of those in its older neighbour.


United Distillers released the first official Flora & Fauna bottling in 1991,


Pittyvaich was mothballed in 1993.


The distillery operated for less than two decades.


The Pittyvaich distillery was demolished in 2002


Pittyvaich Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings 

Pittyvaich 12 Year Old Flora & Fauna


Pittyvaich Single Malt Scotch Whisky  Independent Bottlings  




Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Duncan Taylor Collection,

James MacArthur

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Signatory Vintage



Pittyviach Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1993 43%

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),


Tasting note..

Colour: Straw.


Nose: Very clean, sweet fruit aromas - pineapple chunks. Delicate floral/herbal note.

Palate: Coating with vanilla and oak flavours. Cereal/malty notes also present.


With Water

Nose: More floral and earthy aromas present. Some fruity aromas - cooking apples. Sweet elements slowly return.

Palate: Sweet, toasted malt flavours initially. Starts to dry out with hints of dried tobacco and charred oak.

Body: Light, refreshing.

Finish: Short, slightly dry.

Cask Type: Refill American Hogsheads.

Whisky Style; Delicate, an aperitif.

Pittyvaich Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Spiky, spirity, acetone, perfumed.


Palate: Hot and burning. Fruit and vanilla.


Finish: Very dry.

Pittyvaich Distillery, Dufftown,



AB55 4BR


Closed Demolished