Orphan Barrel Forager’s Keep Pittyvaich 26 Year Old

Scotch Whisky Review #130: Orphan Barrel Forager’s Keep Pittyvaich 26 Year Old

Distillery: Pittyvaich

Region: Speyside

Price: Part of a flight, enjoyed in the good company of /u/emosgood

ABV: 48%

Age: 26 Year

Color: 0.5, Yellow Gold.

This is the fifth in my Countdown to Christmas series where I’ll be posting a review a day until Christmas. You can find the entire series here.


Nose: It’s really light, doesn’t smell of a whole lot beyond a few hints of green apple. At first, I was concerned my nose was all congested but I could smell the others in this flight pretty easily.

Palate: Mostly tastes of malt barley. There is a slug of something salty right up front before the malt barley which is later joined by notes of green apple and a hint of wet moss. There’s a strong ethanol burn which didn’t really go away even with a bit of watering down.

Finish: Fairly long. Again, that lightly salted bit pops up along with loads of malt, fresh pear, and ethanol.

Conclusion: For my fiftieth review in Speyside, I figured I’d visit the now demolished distillery of Pittyvaich. Pittyvaich had a very short-lived history having opened in 1974 and closed down in 1993 and mostly provided whisky for Bell’s blends. If you served this to me blind, I wouldn’t ever guess that this came from somewhere in Speyside. That salty note that is prevalent throughout just screams of a seaside distillery. It’s got a bit of earthy along with a bit of fruity but really, these notes just don’t harmonize very well especially with the strong malt notes which makes it just feel disjointed. The best way I think I can describe this is that it’s a poorly done Springbank. Would I buy a bottle? Maybe for market speculation, not for drinking.

Final Score: 74.

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Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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