Monday, 26 March 2012

Whisky Discovery #48

The Singleton of Dufftown 18 Year Old (40% abv OB Bottled 2012)
Speyside Single Malt 
Circa £65 1 ltr

Dram number 4 at Whisky Live was also taken in The Friends of Classic Malts Lounge. I must admit tried this dram with some apprehension. I bought a bottle of their 12 year old expression a while back (Whisky Discovery #12) and although I found nothing wrong with it, it didn't really grab my attention so I wasn't really expecting a great deal from this 18 year old expression.

I haven't seen this 18 year old for sale anywhere, and Internet searches have only shown duty free bottles for available. Perhaps this will be released into the UK market later this year, and if this is the case it will be worth seeking out.

So what did I think?

The Singleton 18 Year Old
The same distinctive pale blue oversized hip flask bottle is used, but the whisky is so much better that the 12 year old, at last something to write home about! Perhaps it would be better if it had been released at 46%, but this malt has plenty of flavour.

Nose: Soft, warming and lusciously fruity, lots of flavour, vanilla sweetness, toffee apples, butterscotch.

Palate: smooth and Creamy, vanilla sweetness, rich juicy fruits

Finish: Long and spicy, definite apricot tang in there too

This dram really was a pleasant surprise, so very easy to drink and very enjoyable. There were lots of good things being said about this whisky, and some people went back for seconds and thirds rather than trying something different. Perhaps I ought to give the 15 Year Old a look out after this.

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