Review No.73. The Singelton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

It took a quite a bit of research for me to figure out what The Singelton is all about.  This is a brand owned by Diageo and there are 3 single malts with The Singelton preceding their name.  These are, the Dufftown – being reviewed here, the Glendullan and Glen Ord.  Diageo have identified these malts as the ones that would capture the casual whisky drinker or new whisky drinkers to the market in competition with the ubiquitous Glenfiddich 12, Glenlivet 12 and Glenmorangie 10 for example.  They have strategically targeted growth for the Dufftown across Europe, the Glendullan in the US and the Glen Ord in Asia.  Although you can get hold of these online you will notice that the major suoermarets across the UK stock the Dufftown range of which there are the non age statements such as Spey Cascade, Tailfire and Sunray.  I find their range a bit confusing.  Anyway onto this one.


Whisky: The Singelton of Dufftown 12 Year Single Malt, 40%

Nose: Apple, pear, pomegranate, honey, floral

Taste: Malt, grapefruit, dark chocolate, nuts, coffee, oak

Finish: Dark chocolate and oak

Score: 2

Summary: This one is a bit strange.  The nose was so promising but the taste disappointed.  The fruity lightness did not carry onto the taste, and instead I got bitterness and some alcohol heat throughout to the finish which was a bit off putting. A drop of water helps subdue the alcohol heat but what you are left with is something that is not offering anything complex or intriguing.  It becomes more pleasant over time and I can see why it would be selected as the malt for beginners.  Diageo encourage that the Singelton range should be enjoyed as a mixer which, because of its’ flaws, I would agree with.


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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