About this SPIRIT
Pittyvaich Distillery, Speyside
The Pittyvaich Distillery started it s life in 1975 as part of the Bells (later Diageo) group, and as a partner to the neighbouring Dufftown distillery. Its production was exclusively used in the blends of the Diageo group.
Its brief life came to an abrupt end as soon as 1993. It was completely dismantled with no hope of re-opening again. The independent bottler James MacArthur had in the meantime released a 12-year old and a 14-year old in the late 1980's. Rare single malt versions can also be found in Diageo's Fauna & Flora collection.
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.