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The Pittyvaich whisky distillery was established in 1975 by Arthur Bell and Sons. It was sited very close to the Dufftown distillery and shared with it not only a place in the Bells blend but also the water source, the springs at Bailliemore and Convalleys. Pittyvaich lay in the Dullan Glen in Banffshire before being demolished in 2003, having been closed for a decade. The distillery was the last to be built in Dufftown and was near the Mortlach Parish Church.

The renowned gin brand Gordon’s had, for some time, distilled at Cameronbridge in Fife before transporting the spirit to London for further distillation in the Gordon’s pot still. They experimented during 2004 with gin distillation at Pittyvaich; the results were quite favourable and proved that successful gin production can take place anywhere.

When Pittyvaich produced whisky, the distillery had two sets of stills for whisky distillation, all being exact replicas of those at neighbouring distillery, Dufftown. The resultant spirit was matured in both bourbon and sherry casks. Although most Pittyvaich malt whisky was used in Bells blends, there have been both independent and official releases over the years.

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About Pittyvaich Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded


Distillery Status


Distillery Owner


Distillery Address

Dufftown, Banffshire


Arthur Bell & Sons founds the distillery as a sister distillery to Dufftown-Glenlivet.


Production starts.


Guinness Group acquires Bell’s


United Distillers is formed by merging Bell´s and Distillers Company Limited (DCL) - which Guinness bought in 1986.


The first official bottling is launched, a 12 year old in the Flora & Fauna series.


The distillery is mothballed.


Gordon’s begins gin distilling on a trial basis in November to evaluate the feasibility of Pittyvaich backing up the Laindon facility.


The distillery closes and part of the equipment is sent to Clynelish.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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A 12 year old bottling of Pittyvaich single malt, released as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info
An Old Malt Cask bottling of Pittyvaich, this was distilled in June of 1990 and bottled after 18 years in January 2009. Part of a release of just 703 bottles.  More info
Part of Diageo's 2009 Special Releases, this smartly packaged Pittyvaich. This 20 year old comes at cask strength, and is part of a limited release of 6,000 bottles.  More info

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