Dufftown 08-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure Malt - Bell's
Stated Age
08 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Arthur Bell & Sons plc
Added on
24 Mar 2010 5:42 pm

Average value

€ 160.11

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Whisky Reviews for Dufftown 08-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.76 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    N: Metallic-y grapey malt.
    T: Same again and becoming decidedly wood-bitter. Also a touch solvent-y, though in a good way! Add a drop of linseed > turpentine and > swarfega thereafter.
    F: Wood-dense waxy > vanilla, but not as we know vanilla today [Jim].
    C: Though it’s rather clumsy, I’m also rather keen. More 5cl sample revisits to follow in due course.

  2. maurisso scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good 8 years. Perhaps too bitter end.

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A dram of 8 years very correct ... may be less today at this price however.
    • Nose
      There are fresh fruits and mainly honey. Behind a small note of solvent "not the bad, huh" strolls with a zest of citrus.
    • Taste
      The attack is light, normal at this alcoholic degree. In spite of the 8 years only, the barrel put his paw on this whisky which is mainly wooded and spicy. We realize after a few moments that alcohol is not so well integrated as it unfortunately. Fruity honey notes wander here and there.
    • Finish
      Average length on the woody bitterness with this nice little saline note.

  5. markjedi1 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Ooh, and old bottling of Dufftown, when then-owner Arthur Bell & Sons still put Dufftown-Glenlivet on their label and were allowed to call their 8 years old a Pure Malt. This is a bottling from the 1980s.

    Well, this surely is not a representative tasting note for this bottle, as it is clearly flawed with OBE as a result. Hence no score.
    • Nose
      Ouch! The bottle was clearly not sealed well enough. The whisky shows apple and gooseberries, but this is overpowered by an unruly sourness as if from nettles and dandelions mixed with lemon juice. Very green, if you know what I mean.
    • Taste
      The arrival is watery and flat. Again very sour. Lemon and apple juice, honey. Citric acid, there is no other term for it. And loads of OBE, not totally unexpected, but in this case it truly kills the whisky.
    • Finish
      The finish is mercilessly long and makes me pull faces. Yikes!

  6. helmutgw scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: softer, but also bitter
    12.06.2017 86
    • Nose
      F: light gold N: light, fresh, sherry, fruits
    • Taste
      G: light body, sweet sherry
    • Finish
      A: long, a little bit of alcohol, it gets bitter

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Again for an 8 year entry level malt this is good stuff and easy to drink.

    If you got an 8 year offering today it would be of lower standard than this.
    • Nose
      warm shortbread, honey mixed with apple. There is also something that reminds me of Lucozade mixed with Iron Bru, which I quite like.
    • Taste
      A little thin on the palate and quite hot for 40%, it is also quite fizzy. There is a little lemon mixed with honey .

      Overall it is quite light.
    • Finish
      Pretty long considering it is only an 8 year.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: Lots of density here from this pleasing old style blend. Sweet, over ripe apples, sherried raisins, prunes, figs, ginger cake, touches of Osmo Polyx Oil, husky & hammy notes and some caramelled vanillas - but this isn’t about clarity and details, its about the resulting consolidation from blending and its a pleasing moorish start. Plenty of sherry casks in the midst thats for sure.
    T: Light arrival after such a dense nose [that is the old style for you]. There are clear sherry casks in the midst with tempered, oily sugars mixing with fresher notes and some fine pepperiness. Doesn’t take well to water,
    F: Fresh garden mint, liquorice and more ripe apples join the sweeter woody sherry oils. Medium length finish.
    C: A pleasing drink to be drunk, one which [occasionally] hits that easy sweet spot - like a Balti curry.

    Scores a C

  10. Feusi scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    An "old style" Speyside whisky, nota bene from Dufftown. Fresh corn with butter and lots of herbs (dusty, waxy and farmy), soft and comfortable, a delicious drop. Definitely recommended to open once a slightly older bottle, especially from the early 80s, bottles are still available at a reasonable prices.


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