The Singleton of Dufftown is not a very interesting brand. Positioning three distilleries under one umbrella is confusing as hell, but then again, this whisky also wasn’t made for consumers that really care about where their whisky is made. Seriously, that’s no joke. Just visit the website. Below the header ‘Brand Roots’ you can supposedly learn more about each distillery, but all links to a more detailed history and backstory are broken.
I’ve not reviewed many of the brand’s range, although I did took a closer look at last year’s 17-year-old Special Release, which had fully matured in refill bourbon casks. There’s no information on the cask recipe for the Singleton of Dufftown 18 Years, but you’d probably be safe to assume it’s a mixture of bourbon and sherry casks.
The Singleton of Dufftown 18 Years (40%, OB, 2020)
Nose: Tangerines with a big floral hit, but also a touch of kiwi. Becomes somewhat sweeter after a little while, with honey and stewed apples, but also some barley and aniseed. Balanced and gentle. Taste: Seriously enjoyable with notes of orange, ripe apples and honey. There are some grassy, herbal and chalky elements too. Finish: Too short. Lingering notes of chalk and mint.
Really quaffable but the low abv is a serious detriment. Honestly, at 46 percent this would've been a whole different ballgame.