Dufftown 08-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 153.64

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Whisky Reviews for Dufftown 08-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.61 points

  1. herby.usa scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting - in the end I didn't find this one too special.
    • Nose
      something metallic, vanilla, honey
      unripe fruits (sourness)
      Citrus - hmmm, I can't find anything more.
    • Taste
      Watery - there is not much taste to be found there.
      Bites and is sharp (after the blind tasting has been resolved, I assign it to the young. Age there only 40%).
      Spiciness and a little bit of fruit - but can't find any assignment.
    • Finish
      short to medium.
      Interplay of sweet and salty.
      The sharpness doesn't always bite in the mouth.

  2. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice, surprisingly good maturation for only 8 years,
    easy drinking whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Slightly soapy, mitallic, sweet vanilla, sour fruits,
      something like fermented fruits, coffee, citrus, calming.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Soft, salty, peppery, yellow-fruity, vanilla-like, very light
    • Finish
      82 82
      Salty, sweet, spicy wood, not bitter.

  3. 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.

  4. maurisso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A good 8 years. Perhaps too bitter end.

  5. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.


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