Dufftown 1978 SR

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Scotia Royale (SR)
Stated Age
34 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
55.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Feb 2013 4:05 am
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 499.00

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Whisky Reviews for Dufftown 1978 SR

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.70 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Serge absolutely lambasted this one and even said: “This shouldn’t have been bottled as a single cask and that’s no opinion, it’s a fact.” Rating it a putrid 55! Points. So this is a perfect whisky to split with friends as the centerpiece for shyte whisky night. A night where we punish ourselves unnecessarily in the name of perspective and humour. It’s also a great opportunity to educate ourselves and form our own opinions against the experts.

    The consensus in our group was that Serge’s 55 is way off. We all had it in the 80s. No one is going to argue that it’s over oaked, but there is plenty to love here, in fact the pros well outweigh the cons for me. Another reminder that everyone has different tastes, and there is no right or wrong. My score is without water. Water does it no favours, but it doesn’t bring it down that much. Quite a disappointment for shyte night, since it’s rather good!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Old and antiquey. Old waxes, varnish and lacquer. Old coins and cold vanilla ice cream. I’m struggling to find things not to like here. Old tool box, some dehydrated red fruits and mango. Old mandarins, papaya and pipe tobacco. Nah screw it, the nose is great.
    • Taste
      84 84
      This is where things turn. Instantly bitter and biting. There’s nothing rotten or weird though, at least not before I add water. If you look past the bitter oak, it’s quite fruity. Old red fruits and some stone fruits too, dare I say tropical even. It’s too bad about the oak, because under it is rather nice. Definitely some herbs. Tarragon, fennel and maybe a touch of soap. No it’s not perfect.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Bitterness. Old fruit almost goes into tomato paste. Slightly metallic like a washed out soup can. Potpourri and dried rose pedals. Tangerine. Again it’s not offensive, it’s just old and bitter. Very bitter. Dark chocolate and dehydrated berries.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur


    Serge: ‘I think it’s Glen Catrine (Loch Lomond) behind this newish independent bottle’. Bottled for the Japanese market.


    N: An odd one but not unlikeable, far from it – and one that reads well: Rich, floral deep-fusty dunnage vibe. Alongside, theres a sweet jammy [sponge] pong, fruity mature-cream, fusty nuts [chestnuts>walnuts=Brazils], a touch of painters brush,…
    T:  A strong one initially with an agreeable chew before,…things turn ‘funny’,… . There are off-sweet notes, some white-spirit/methylated cooking spirit, Brasso,.. Nitromors – if youve ever used this stuff, youll feel like youve ingested it just from the fumes alone. Some sips go down a briney/washing-up liquid plughole whilst others head towards a briney/putty-malt direction with a touch of oily=sooty>turpentine phenols. Dont add too much water, though heck it needs it.
    F: Dry chewing gum, off-caramel, clotted cream on the turn, a touch of curdled Baileys, some pond-water pong,… Whilst the finish doesnt read as well as the nose, things are looking up with attempts to return to its malty core, albeit with a briney/washing-up mouthfeel and a sooty-barley note at the death.
    C: A likeable low achiever.Scores a D-

  3. newman346 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Dufftown 1978 34yo Scotia Royale 700 ml 55.8% Sherry Cask Bottle No.077 / 172 Whisky This is Scotia Royale 's Dufftown 1978 who is unfamiliar with the luxury of the bottle! It is as if the name of a bottler like Showa 's Blended Whisky, the atmosphere is also a dignity Aria. Color: As expected it is not persistent for years of maturity, this is light brown. No no, Brown may be rude if it is a vulgar expression. Nose: An unexpected metality.White faint pears.Firmly and lightly fruit feeling like a thinned apple appeared Attack: Graceful silky & honey. Juwatu pine. Body: This is a lightweight body that does not become Munmun system even if it is long in the true mountain of Dufftown.Taste: Faint coal tar.Loose Mont Blanc.Madeleine without stickiness. A steady adult tea time with a drop of milk on straight tea. Excellent drinking feeling Excellent drinking.Nuance of bambooechen's pampered sugar.It's refreshing summer color fruity like Matsuyama oranges that can be played on gin tonic.I want to drink a cocktail's white lady unintentionally I will. Finish: A cheesecake with a lemony like lemon. Juwatu come oily. The salty feel of abalone and the feeling of lemon tea after meal disappears with an exaggerated duet! It was again a valuable cup that I could taste the power of Dufftown with works of over 30yo. https://whisky2010.usukeba.com/u/whisky2010/1fyharsfieky5x


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