The second limited cask strength release of The Singleton in this series: rich, mellow and elegant, with all the confidence of age. Like a fine old wine with flavours beyond fruit, one feels strangely drawn to its subtleties and splendid dry, absorbing finish.
One of two Speysiders in The Singleton family.
Attractive, rich harvest gold with light beading.
Cautious at first, then profound; the light, sharp top notes are of ripe melon and mango mixing with shortbread-like cereal sweetness.
Medium to dense.
A smooth, hot mouth-feel with the sweet-sharp taste of ripe red apples, rapidly becoming denser: toffee notes darken to burnt caramel and the whole grows pleasingly charred.
Medium to long, drying and warming, with a compelling residual light sweetness, fresh fruitiness and a trace of candle wax or sandalwood incense before late, soaring, pine resin and that irresistible, drying conclusion.
Age: 38 years old
Strength: 59.8% ABV
Place of Origin: Dufftown
Cautious at first, then profound; the light, sharp top notes are of ripe melon and mango with a squeeze of orange juice. All very mellow, with a scented background suggesting perfumed hand cream and a shortbread-like cereal sweetness. Yeasty, waxy notes introduce pronounced ripe red apple skins and mint. It opens up beautifully with aromas of clean vanilla, a fruiterer’s shop in summer, creamy toffee, oaty milk-chocolate biscuits, clotted cream. Later, a cranberry sharpness develops. More diffuse with water, which releases the rich scent of distant frankincense to set against subdued pine-resin.
Lightly oily and intense at cask strength, when there’s a smooth, hot mouth-feel with the sweet-sharp taste of ripe red apples or gooseberries and the lingering sweetness of coconut. Rapidly, it all becomes denser and more coating. A creamy-sweet toffee note darkens to burnt caramel and the whole grows pleasingly charred and hints at a sappy, bitter edge. With water the taste is still lively and spicy, though as the flavours fuse that herbal edge softens to leave a warming, sweetly insistent malt.