Dufftown distillery was started in 1896 by two Liverpudlian entrepreneurs when a stone built saw and a mill was converted into a distillery. By the 1920s the distillery was doing great and had an expanding market in the US, however prohibition hit it badly and it was closed in 1933. In 1934 Arthur Bell bought the distillery, and it has been an important contributor to Bells blend ever since. The Dufftown distillery is the only one in Scotland malting all its own barley.
The Singleton of Dufftown 15 Year Old is aged for 15 years in American and European casks, which were used for ageing bourbon and sherry, respectively. The depth and richness of its flavor is achieved through longer fermentation and slower distillation.
Slightly spicy nose, toffee apples, ripe autumn fruits combined with red berry sharpness. Some golden syrup sweetness and an interesting yeasty note. Adding water brings up sweet chestnut and a whiff of smoke.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Sweet then slowly drying. Fresh fruit with spicy top notes. Rich on the palate with that nuttiness and vanilla, dried fruits and the yeast from the nose has become more biscuit like.
Dry departure. Pears and whole grain biscuits, then delicately spiced with notes of cinnamon and a breath of anise seed.
The Singleton of Dufftown is very well balanced and will appeal to first timers and veterans alike. Not connected to Duffman though.
Sight 🧐 ; Dark yellow to amber with big legs on the inside of the glass,
Nose 👃 ; Toffee, red apples, roasted nuts and a whiff of anise,
Taste 👅 ; Spicy notes, a light vanilla, sweet, nice mouth of nuts, slight oak and smoke,
Finish 🇫🇮 ; The spicyness comes to the fore, cinnamon and anise, medium length,
8 / 10 🥃
Nice and smooth. Start is light. Finish is sweet.
Water down so much I can barely pick out any flavors. Just boring
Nice, reasonably soft and easy to drink. not pretentious, reanobly priced. A nice everyday drink
Very Friendly with a lot of complex flavors.
Nose a bit oaky, fruity with apple and pear. Taste flavorful, zesty and spicy.
A bit too smoky for me
Very smooth taste of cherry and almond with notes of fruit and oak
Golden syrup nose. Easy. Like a nice balanced biscuit (British kind): lite space, lite smoke, lite sweet. Short finish entices to more without one knowing why.
Flavor spiral is definitely spot on for this one. Very easy drinker. Would love to have it in my home bar
Pretty much dead on with the flavor spiral and tasting notes. Complex. Spicy but not harsh. I don’t know that I would go looking for this one, but I’d drink it again.
Apple on the nose with a little sweetness quickly taken over by a nuttiness and smoke flavor. More smoke than I was expecting but not overwhelming. Would drink again, but would not run out and purchase a bottle. I enjoy The Singleton, first try of this one. I think they get better after being exposed to air after a few weeks or more, so this one may be no different.
Out of about 15 whiskies, this was my favourite.
A little smokier than I like, but it’s not overpowering. Pretty good, but not great.
Super smooth. Had it with an ice cube and it was perfect!
Sweet and light. Strong hints of fruit. Smooth and easy to drink.
Very, very smooth and easy to drink. Ever-so slight hints of peat, but light sweetness as well.
A solid scotch but not one I would add to my cabinet. Smooth at first with a slight bite that I did not expect given the 40% ABV. The anise definitely comes through but not in a pleasurable way, a bit of a mouth numbing affect. A few drops of water to open it up seemed to amplify this affect.
Fruity notes to begin but quickly fades into a sharp spice flavor. Spice flavors over power everything else in the end. OK whisky, but much better out there.
Surprisingly good Scotch from less well known distillery. Couldn't stop until complete.
After the Tamdhu, this was felt like a skyscraper in my mouth compared to a beautiful cottage tucked in a sea of rolling hills. It was good, don't get me wrong. Just more of a hard flavor profile. It hits your taste buds hard. Vaguely spicy. A little rubbing alcohol. But good. Just not as good as the Tamdhu.
Smooth, woody with a little bit of spice.
Like they say in the description - balanced. My wife and I didn't find it quite as smooth or quite as interesting as the other two whiskies in the Speyside tasting set.
Excellent! Spice up front on the palate transitioning quickly to sweet fruits.
Nice balanced taste of fruits and smoke! It is a malt you can drink anytime on any occasion!
Not really my cup of tea! It is by no means a disappointment. Just not for me...
Absolutely delicious Malt with a great all round balance of hint of smoke to sweetness of honey and none of that heavy Peatiness. Only problem I have is putting the lid back on it for any length of time.
Another highland scotch that doesn't disappoint
Solid scotch, little sweet, little smoke with an excellent lasting finish. Good overall, recommended for novice to experienced scotch drinkers who like balance.
Nice balanced dram. Not overpowering on smokiness and low to no peatiness - a plus for me.
Had a dram in Inverness. Really enjoyed it. Full and rich. Drank with just a little dab of water.
Wow bury next to this distilery!!
A bit of burnt sugar on the nose. Quick finish but a smooth sip.
The nose detects a sweet smoke, the eyes see a beautiful ember color. Now let's see what the taste pallet senses. Beautiful sweet start with a nice berry finish. Defenitly a whisky you can sip on at any time of thr year.
Very smooth finish, loved to sip this by the fire on a cold winter evening!!
Not a fan of the front end sort of a buttery taste, but smooth.
Bright toffee, peppery bite, sharp, apricot.
Very middle of the road and easy drinking.