This is another member of the Singleton range under Diageo’s portfolio alongside Dufftown and Glen Ord. The Singleton range of whiskies are marketed to capture new whisky drinkers so you would expect them all to be quite approachable and not too demanding. The Glendullan is targeted at the North American market so you would struggle to find their range outside of this region. The range consists of a 12, 15 and 18 year old as well as a couple of non age statements alongside this one being reviewed. There are also a number of independent bottles that you can get hold of from the likes of Gordon & MacPhail, Douglas Laing and That Boutique-y Whisky Company.
Whisky: The Sinlgeton of Glendullan Master’s Art Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%
Nose: Leather, vanilla, honey, dried fruit, savoury
Taste: Malt, spice, red berries, grapes, honeycomb
Finish: Berries, roasted nuts, cinnamon, menthol
Summary: This is single malt has a nice range of notes that pop out of nowhere and then disappear. These flavours don’t feel integrated, it is difficult to describe the flavours from start to finish in any particular order. Also, the delivery is a bit thin which I put down to it being bottled at 40%. Oddly though, I do get more flavours on the taste than on the nose. I rarely get this with most single malts as I tend to find the taste fails to deliver on the aromas. Overall it is quite tricky to summarise this single malt due to the array of flavours but I would say that the delivery is light and delicate with a touch of spice in the background. I think at a higher strength this will really be interesting.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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