Kategoriarkiv: Singleton

The Singleton of Dufftown 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. Juicy pears and a mild butterscotch are first to present themselves. There is a slight spicyness floating around but it’s not protruding in any way. There are honey and vanilla notes deep down underneath together with a speck of dust. After some time in the glass it gets maltier and the fruitiness changes towards dried apricots. This is a nice and easy nose, but a bit too mild and uneventful.

Mouth: It starts out a bit watery and then the butterscotch sweetness takes lead. After a few seconds it becomes malty and the fruitiness returns. It’s now assorted dried fruits with a lemon note in the background. The oakiness creates a very thin layer surrounding everything. It’s a dry, slightly spicy and bitter oakiness. With patience the dried fruits turns into a feint tropical fruitiness. It’s richer in taste than on the nose.

Finish: There is a small window where the fruitiness comes through before the spotlight turns towards the oak. Vanilla lies on top and there’s a spicy quite bitter note underneath. It doesn’t take long before the oakiness completely takes over and now with its bitter side up front. It’s almost too bitter in the end. There’s a small walnut note coming through and maybe some very dark chocolate. This is a good, solid speysider with a twist in the end.

Additional information
This whisky is matured in both ex-bourbon american oak barrels and ”a high percentage” of ex-sherry european oak casks. This is one of the main components in Bell’s Blended Whisky.

The Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and spicy. At first there’s a center note of red apples and raspberries. It’s surrounded by a cloud of kitchen spices and vanilla. The background is made up by a maltiness and a young spirity note. With time in the glass it becomes fruitier and leans more towards red berries. It feels a bit flat, but it’s a nice enough nose.

Mouth: It starts out with vanilla and honey and a not so pleasant note of underaged spirit. After a few seconds the fruitiness arrives and it’s now back to a mix of overripe red apples and berries. The oakiness is dry and brings the kitchen spices along. It becomes slightly bitter and the maltiness is in there.

Finish: A surge of the overripe apples and vanilla goes by quickly and the finish is all about the european oak casks. It’s a dry and spicy oakiness with a hint of hazelnuts. It stays for a long time and the bitter side of the oakiness stays for quite the time. The finish is the best part of this whisky. It’s a bit flat and young, but there are nice enough flavours within to make it a good experience.

Additional information
This expression was released in 2014 as a part of the core range. It’s aged in a combination of european ex-sherry casks and american ex-bourbon barrels.

The Singleton of Glendullan Select – Game of Thrones House Tully

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a layer of red apples surrounded by vanilla and oak. There’s a brighter lemon note floating around somewhere within. There’s a maltiness, and with time also a butterscotch note, slowly moving forward. It stays somewhere behind and then merges with the other flavours. This is a nice, straight forward nose. It is mild and a bit uneventful though.

Mouth: It starts out a bit flat for a short moment and then starts with the maltiness, vanilla and butterscotch on top. It soon starts to spread out and become more textured which is a very nice and surprising transition. There’s a hint of sweet liquorice coming through as well as the red apples although they tend to lean more towards being ripe at this point. The butterscotch note seems to move back and then stay as a baseline throughout.

Finish: It starts out with a boost of the fresher fruitiness with a top note of mild menthol. It soon mellows out and return the same flavour profile as before. The finish is quite long, first with the ripe apples, vanilla and maltiness then with a quite nice fresh oakiness. This is a decent whisky with some nice flavours muted down to suit the inexperienced palate.

Additional information
This whisky is matured in ex-bourbon barrels for an undisclosed amount of time. There’s not much more information to be found about this GoT release.

The Singleton of Dufftown – Spey Cascade

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
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Nose: Pears and green apples, vanilla, malt, very friendly, citrus fruits.

Mouth: Honey, malt, dusty, no spicy notes, a bit thin and boring.

Finish: Bitter oak, astringent. A bit unpleasant after a while. A coffee note can be found in the midst of the bitterness.

Additional information
The Spey Cascade is a whisky matured in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry casks.

The Singleton of Dufftown 18 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Very fruity and fresh. Green apples and pears take front seat and a hint of darker fruits make a baseline from behind. It’s not very sweet but gives honey and vanilla notes in between the fruits. The oak is present from the start. It’s a very dry wood feel to it. It’s very pleasant and easy to approach.

Mouth: Malty and a little dusty. The fruits takes a step back and it gets sweeter with more of the honey and vanilla up front. The oak is bitter and resides in the back. There’s not much of a spicyness. A little disappointing after that fantastic nose.

Finish: A whiff of the fruitiness and a hint of honey and vanilla, but it sort of just dies very quickly and leaves nothing but dry oak, walnuts and a hint of coffee. Very oak heavy bitter finish.

Additional information
This expression from Singleton is aged in a combination of european ex-sherry casks and american ex-bourbon barrels.