Review: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Pittyvaich

Photo courtesy of Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Pittyvaich is the fourth in the wonderful Ghost & Rare series. The Pittyvaich distillery was only operational for 19 years when it was shuttered in 1993. Whiskies from Pittyvaich and other “ghost” distilleries, Port Dundas and Carsebridge, make up the core of this blend. Rounding things out are malts from Mannachmore, Auchroisk, Cragganmore, Strathmill, and Royal Lochnagar.

Bottled at 43.8% abv, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Pittyvaich features a lovely bouquet full of crisp green apple, ripe pear, vanilla, and nutmeg. On the palate, hints of butterscotch and vanilla provide a creamy, sweet entry which gives way to dark fruit, orange peel, and oak spice. The finish is medium length, and carries over a fruity and honeyed sweetness and some baking spice.

Pittyvaich is known for its fruity character, and that’s certainly showcased here. It’s well rounded, with banking spice, vanilla, and honey adding some complexity to the fruit-filled base. I do wish this had a touch of smoke, but if wishes were fishes…

The $349.99 suggested retail price seems about right for what you’re getting – a luxurious, delicious blend from the ever-growing library of Johnnie Walker. Recommended.

Thanks to Johnnie Walker for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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