"The nose gives well-hung raw steak, some icing sugar and mint julep. On the palate, bluebird toffee, malted milk and raw honey."Joel Harrison 2012, Whisky Magazine, Issue 103, p.101
Just a touch of water will bring out the classic, subtly sweet fruit notes of The Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old.
A solid Speyside.
Rich amber, polished mahogany highlights.
First polished wood and toasted nuts, then baked apples and soft brown sugar take over, giving way to a mossy note, too.
Medium to full bodied.
Sweetness and crunchy nuts, then smooth fruity richness: hints of brown sugar and espresso coffee.
Medium to long, elegantly drying and crisp, completed by a pleasant, sweetly nutty chew-ability.
Age: 12 years old
Strength: 43% ABV
Place of Origin: Dufftown
in brief… Easy to drink, enjoyable sweet fruit and smooth, satisfying
in a sentence… Attractive and chewy, easily combining sweetness from ageing in American oak and fruitiness from European in a slow-distilled, traditionally made Speyside malt whisky.
Approachable and rich. First polished wood and nuts (toasted hazelnut) dominate, then stewed fruits (baked apples), dried fruits (sweet dates) and soft brown sugar take over. Mossy too, after a while. With water, a sweeter, more direct Speyside character develops (pure pear drops!). Clean and dense. After a while, warm, dry, aromas, of pencil shavings or match-sticks.
Sweetness and crunchy nuts impress at first, then there’s a smooth, fruity Speyside richness to enjoy. Firm, with a balancing sweetness. Brown sugar and espresso coffee. Warming and pleasant. With water, still a pleasant texture. Light sweetness, then chewy and balanced by light acidity, with a good spread of flavours mid-palate.
"Sumptuous aromatic composition, as you’d expect from Speyside: plumply downy, with grass, moss and heather notes. On the palate, a deeper, grander soul than the aroma suggested: dark, forceful, with some chocolate and raisin richness and Latakia-tobacco austerities. Hard to fault, and a great after-dinner dram."
Andrew Jefford, distinguished wine & whisky writer - Financial Times, 28 December 2007
"The nose is sweet, almost violet-like, with underlying malt. Big and bold on the palate, this is an upfront yet very drinkable whisky. The finish is medium to long, warming, spicy, with slowly fading notes of sherry and fudge."
Gavin D Smith, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015, p.103
"Honeycomb and tinned peach and apricot in syrup on the nose, sharp and spicy clean barley on the palate, with some bitter orange notes towards the finish."
Dominic Roskrow, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015, p.101