Pittyvaich distillery

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Not commonly seen, Pittyvaich shows an estery top note which rise above the classic Bell’s ‘nutty-spicy’ house style. It was bottled – from Sherry cask – as part of the Flora & Fauna range while there are occasional bottlings from Diageo’s annual Special Release programme.

  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status

Pittyvaich History

Pittyvach was a utilitarian-looking distillery which was built for purely commercial purposes and was Arthur Bell & Sons’ response to the sudden leap in the brand’s fortunes in the 1970s when it became Britain’s top-selling blend and anything seemed possible.

The firm already ran the Dufftown distillery and so in 1975 erected a shed next door and installed two – eventually four – stills inside. Bell’s was bought by Guinness in 1985, with the latter firm going on to controversially purchase DCL the year after to form United Distillers. A period of rationalisation of distilling capacity followed and Pittyvaich was considered as surplus to requirements. It closed in 1993 and was demolished in 2002.


  • 1975 Pittyvaich distillery is built by Arthur Bell & Sons next door to its Dufftown distillery
  • 1985 Bell’s is bought by Guinness
  • 1986 Guinness buys DCL to form United Distillers
  • 1991 A 12-year-old is released under the Flora & Fauna range
  • 1993 The distillery is closed
  • 2002 Diageo demolishes Pittyvaich


Current owner

Previous owners


Pittyvaich Distillery
AB55 4BR
United Kingdom

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