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The Singleton of Dufftown 17-year-old

Overall rating
85.52/100
votes
52
Whiskybase ID
WB164635
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2020
Vintage
2002
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Strength
55.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281063539
Added on
30 Aug 2020 11:17 pm by Likudi
Cask Strength

Average value

£ 103.61

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Whisky Reviews for The Singleton of Dufftown 17-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.52 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2020] I did not like most of Diageo's 2018 Special Releases while I enjoyed many of the 2019 Special Release bottlings very much. This year's editions are of a rather chequered quality again so it seems the only consistent thing about Diageo's Special Releases is the yearly average price increase of about ten per cent. Therefore I changed Diageo's marketing claim from "Rare by Nature" to "Greedy by Nature"...

    ...and this bottling is a perfect example for this. A 17-years old from a third-tier distillery with the simple profile of a blending base malt provides just a limited drinking pleasure to single malt connoisseurs and therefore is not worth more than 50-60 Euro - unless you are a fan of blending base malts (I never met one so far) or you do not have to care about prices at all because of your deep pockets (but than you would buy more interesting stuff, surely). Do not get me wrong, Diageo: It is okay to release such profiles from time to time to provide drinkers the opportunity to experience what blenders prefer but it should be priced accordingly!

    [December, 2020] I re-tasted this dram again and fully confirm my old review and score. Nothing wrong about this whisky, but still I miss any good reason to drink more of it given all these delicious other drams out there which are priced more reasonably (still).
    • Nose
      82 82
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a punchy (alcoholic) and rather unimpressive profile of grassy-floral aromas without any highlights to discover. There are no flaws either (the least to expect from such a release) but even after playing around a lot with water this profile does not release any interesting notes. To be honest: Sniffing this dram is quite boring.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is all about daf-stuff (drink and forget), exactly what blenders like as a base malt for their compositions because it adds substance without pre-setting any flavours directions already (as there are no interesting flavours at all). Great to create blends, rather boring to drink as a single malt. Exactly this is the destiny of the bottle I bought, too: I will use it to pep-up other flavoursome but under-powered malts like the 18-years old Cardhu or 21-years old Aberfeldy but to be honest - it is way too expensive for such blending purposes...
    • Finish
      82 82
      The mouthfeel is warming and coating with some peppery-punchy moments which are a little distracting. The finish is of medium length and turns more to the malty-mashy side which makes this dram to appear much younger, actually this does no favour to the drinking pleasure. There are significant drying-astringent impressions towards the end which I do not like. Some water does not change a lot while a further reduction releases some fruity impressions both in the nose and on the palate but still these stay very shy. I like this dram best when reduced to about 40% abv.

  2. tangtang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    All in all quite complex and balanced, I find the finish a bit short and so you can only enjoy the actually nice aromas in the finish for a short time. Still quite a nice malt
    • Nose
      very fruity, apples, light pears, alcohol is present, spicy, some oak, hay and some herbs, slightly dirty wet grass, later some kiwi and honey
    • Taste
      very sweet start, honey, vanilla, caramel, sweet light fruits, becoming oily and creamy, some pepper, herbs, some citrus fruits, very slightly salty in the background
    • Finish
      sweet fruity finish, slightly spicy, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, some nuts, slightly bitter at the end, unfortunately rather short

  3. penumbra scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    I have drunk a few of the 2020 SRs, and they all have some obvious defects of alcohol stimulation, but in terms of flavor, how do I say it reminds me of a word, nourishing and refreshing, suitable for vodka used as water when I was young, and the taste deteriorated when I was old After drinking, the uncle remembers the tragic years of the past.
    • Nose
      The somewhat CB-shaped Speyside Bourbon barrel is very sweet and can be taken to the people of the Bay to drink. Vanilla ice cream, almond tofu, cough syrup, rich fruit, yellow apricot, yellow heart kiwi, pineapple crisp, fragrant pear, loquat. Finally, there is some grassy smell, and the alcohol stimulation is slightly obvious.
    • Taste
      Honey, vanilla, shredded ginger, white wooden board, corn flakes, citrus, salt and pepper ginkgo. I hate bourbon barrels, they look pretty good, and I don’t know what to drink after reading the flavor words a week later.

      It is fuller, average fat, sweeter, no acid, no tannin, no astringency, little bitterness, slightly spicy and alcoholic.
    • Finish
      Long-term, yeast, bread, wooden boards, honey water, a bit of salt, spicy.

  4. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Teresa scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 12-21-2020.

  8. ldcsh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Sample 20cl
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Georges scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Matured on refill American oak.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruity (apples, pears, kiwis), rhubarb, gooseberries, beer, citrus, hay, heather, grassy, floral
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, waxy, grassy, fruity (apples, pears, tangerines, limes), honey, vanilla, herbs, spicy (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger), blueberries
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, sweet malt, warm, pepper, grapes, grassy

  10. kimmosuo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

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