The Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire

Overall rating
76.73/100
votes
163
Whiskybase ID
WB54596
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Traditionally Batch Distilled
Bottled
2014
Casktype
European and American Oak
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281036748
Added on
10 may 2014 5:44 pm by Erik Elixir
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 34.26

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163 × member ratings

422 × in collection

Whisky reviews for The Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire

36 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 76.73 points.

  1. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    While it doesn't quite manage to hide its supposed youth, the European oak barrels are still very dominant, especially on the tongue. This is a bit unexpected and I would wish for a more balanced relationship between the impressions.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/the-singleton-of-dufftown-tailfire/
    • Nose
      Despite the light 40% vol. alcohol, the nose is very strong and somewhat youthfully sharp. The first impression is a mix of tart and sweet notes with a clear fruit influence. These remind me of slightly sour citrus fruits, green apples and strawberries that are not yet fully ripe. There is also some caramel and a hint of vanilla. After a while, slightly bitter oak notes come through more, but the fruits remain dominant.
    • Taste
      Despite the "light" 40% vol. alcohol, the nose is very powerful and a bit sharp. The supposedly young age will probably be decisive for this. The first impression is a mix of tart and sweet notes with a clear fruit influence. These remind me of slightly sour citrus fruits, green apples and strawberries that are not yet fully ripe. There is also some caramel and a hint of vanilla. After a while, slightly bitter oak notes come through more, but the fruits remain dominant.
    • Finish
      Despite the strong oak influence, the bitterness only comes to the fore on the finish. But then it is dominant there and remains even after the other impressions have faded relatively quickly.

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  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 58 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      60 60
      Cardboard and mint leaves.
    • Taste
      50 50
      Cardboard and plastic.
    • Finish
      65 65
      Malt, lime and apple.

  4. Petersdrams scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  5. singlemalt scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    the worst whisky I have tasted!

  6. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    Aroma: juicy red berries, the sweetness of vanilla and aromas of freshly cut grass and cereals.
    Taste: coconut, grain, oak and spices. Again red berries and grass.
    Finish: medium.

  7. DulischM scored this whisky 63 points Expert Senior

    All in all, a very simple whisky, great for socializing with friends, when one glass too much can be emptied.
    • Nose
      Lots of green, sour apple, followed by a delicate sweetness of a clover meadow and fresh grass. A small note of malt is rounded off by a sweet scent of peach.
    • Taste
      The whisky is heavy and oily on the tongue, surrounded by peat. The bitterness of the oak gets stronger and stronger and a subtle sweetness of red, ripe berries hovers over everything in the background.
    • Finish
      With a malty sweetness and fruity, the Talefire says goodbye, with a hint of apricot fruit.

  8. triskal83 scored this whisky 78 points Member Junior

    When I smelled him, I wondered why I gave 82 points for the Glen Grant 18, which I didn't particularly like.
    Now that I've tasted it, I find that the Tailfire and I are not going to be friends. He simply lacks age.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Intense malt, sherry, meaty - spicy (umami) canned fruit salad (peach, pear, pineapple, halved grapes, cocktail cherries)
      The malt is getting stronger and displaces the fruit salad the longer it is in the glass and the warmer the glass gets. Then you can smell some oak (without vanilla notes).
      Unfortunately, however, alcohol is also becoming more and more apparent.
    • Taste
      76 76
      A pity...

      The start is thin, alcoholic, cooling.
      Then bitter (tannic) and only then does the sherry come out easily. Unfortunately no trace of the fruit salad. I can imagine dried apricots and plums, but probably only because I know that they should actually be there. Second try - still a shame, still too much alcohol, still too bitter, still too smooth, still too little taste.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Very bitter with little taste other than wood and sherry. Astringent.

  9. AdamsB scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Tailfire is one of two new whisky editions from Dufftown that were released in 2014. Tailfire is a more fruity whisky, because most of its distillates aged in sherry barrels made of European oak and the whisky is supplemented with distillates aged in barrels made of American oak. It is a young whisky that does not have a certain age.
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity with notes of red grapes, raspberries, orange peel, cranberry and tobacco.
    • Taste
      Crisp and full with notes of raspberry, oat, vanilla, white pepper, tobacco, sandalwood, citrus peel and oak
    • Finish
      Fruity and slightly spicy with a wood aftertaste

  10. Ainulindale scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    A young whisky. Good but not to its best IMHO
    • Nose
      82 82
      White wine, very fresh on citrus (grapefruit), very floral
    • Taste
      79 79
      Yet again citrus, white wine with a splash of oak
    • Finish
      75 75
      Sweet yet lacking

  11. shape_shifter scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

    I just reviewed craigellachie 13y and I realized Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire is very similar in many ways. Just half the price.
    So if you like fruity, fresh, smooth whisky at the very affordable price then Tailfire is obvious choice.

    And while craig 13o do smell and taste bit better, I did give higher rate to Tailfire because of price/ value ratio.

    Perfect entry key to Speyside kind.

  12. schengel10 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    I see the TAILFIRE on the same level as the SPEY CASCADE - a simple, light, uncomplicated summer whisky.
    • Nose
      light, fruity, sherry, subtle spiciness, oak; [G] [A]
    • Taste
      mild, juicy, fruity onset, ripe apples, grapes, blackberries; sweet sherry flavors, slightly spicy oak; aromatic and uncomplicated;
    • Finish
      medium and fruity; in the end, wooden and spicy;

  13. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    For me as a newbie absolutely suitable for everyday use. Not too complex, but not too boring. I was surprised that the departure is so different from the aroma and taste. I like it. Absolutely good for the price and ideal to get to grips with the topic.
    • Nose
      Sweet summer freshness, fruity with sweet honey and vanilla notes.
    • Taste
      Dominance of berries and sweetness (for me honey / caramel) outweighing dark berries
    • Finish
      first the fruit outweighs. Immediately thereafter, the oak comes through quickly, then sweet again and a hint of dark chocolate.

  14. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  15. Falnor scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

    Just plain boring and not a dram that I like to finish
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      67 67
    • Finish
      68 68

  16. OnkelBiff scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Hidden gem. So cheap for so much value. Sure it is a bit low ABV but the "dark and red" fruits are great and make this one a real nobrainer. Just don't expect complexity.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  17. Cubey666 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      73 73

  18. pelle86 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  19. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

    Well, nothing special
    • Nose
      Apples, fruity, malt, fresh,
    • Taste
      Relatively flat, malt, sweet, apples, quickly gone
    • Finish
      Relatively fast away, flat, sweet stays a little longer

  20. Famous scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      79 79

  21. dRambo scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      65 65

  22. Moro scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Uncomplicated, simple, "easy to drink" Malt with a great price / performance ratio
    • Nose
      light, fresh, fruity
    • Taste
      sweet, ripe apple, tingling on the tongue
    • Finish
      quite long, warming, slightly nutty, becoming dry.

  23. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  24. sopie scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  25. whiskybros scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Our review is http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Singleton-of-Dufftown-Tailfire/c21kp/57909ee60cf256540ea08515
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  26. Tobs1991 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Blindtasting Nose: Rumrosines and plum compote, slight smoky note sweetish and malty in the taste with a hint of bitterness Note: much better and stronger in character than the Spey-Cascade
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  27. Mascht scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      fresh fruits, malt
    • Taste
      light, sparkling
    • Finish
      Long

  28. Ailios scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    I was expecting this to have more sherry influence but it, disappointingly, is very subtle. However, I actually prefer this over the outgoing 12 year old which I think had a pretty dull character, where this has a vibrancy that the 12 year old was crying out for. 

    It isn’t complex and there’s not much happening in the development, it’s all about the quite sweet and fruity arrival. It’s not something your going to get excited about, it’s a simple malt that is good for when you just want to relax with a competent bright, fruity malt without scrutinising or thinking too much about it. Quite a good ‘warm up’ dram. The big issue is the price, when it's on offer in the supermarkets in the UK it's £28 and that is a good £5 more than it should be. The three words they put on the front of the bottle ‘fresh, fruity and vibrant’ describe it very well, I would just add the words ‘simple' and 'overpriced’.

  29. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    As for Sunray and Spey Cascade is also here, well done, tasty, fair price, Einsteigerkompatibel, you can dahabe without a guilty conscience for guests or for a party to drink alongside.
    • Nose
      sweet (honey, nut), fresh forest berries, spicy hay
    • Taste
      sweet, nougat, milk chocolate, slightly spicy hot
    • Finish
      medium long, sweet, slightly spicy

  30. Taita scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    Disappointing
    • Nose
      Oak, vanilla, almonds, honey, spices and herbs, some stewed fruits but no fresh fruits which suprices me for a speysider
    • Taste
      Oak, oak, peper, herbs
    • Finish
      Oak, leather and peper

  31. mer1973 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  32. Matt80 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant enough whisky but nothing to get excited about.
    • Nose
      Strong notes of nuts, woody, apple cinnamon danish, candy sweet in the background, a little salt
    • Taste
      Mild spice, nutty, cardboard/wet paper notes
    • Finish
      Medium, spicy but the cardboard notes are still there.

  33. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Colour:

    Reddish gold (E-150a)

    Smell:

    A sweet, simple and soft whisky with aromas of fresh fruits (green apple, pear, berries, oranges, blackcurrant, blueberry) hint of dried fruits, honey, vanilla, cereals, caramel, cinnamon, sugar, earthy tones, very faint tobacco, grass and subtle oak.

    Taste:

    A soft (almost watery), light and sweet whisky with aromas of white pepper, cinnamon (maybe more like cassia), fresh fruits (apples, blackcurrants, blueberry), subtle orange peel, nutmeg, hint of dried fruits (mainly raisins) barley sugar, sweet ginger, honey, icing sugar, nutmeg, bitter tannins and oak sap.

    Finish:

    A short, slightly drying and sweet finish with aromas of fresh fruits, a hint of dried fruits, sugar, honey, bitter tannins and some oak.

    Conclusion:

    It’s a simple whisky and scores relatively high due to the non-offending flavours. it’s an ok whisky to drink mindlessly in a bar or at a party (if there's no better alternative). It has no complexity or challenging flavours at all. It seems to be, and tastes like, a fairly cheep whisky to order. Good to have a wee bottle around for those people who want to mix it into their softdrinks and demand a single malt (and are not worthy of the good stuff).

    Marks:

    7.0/10

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-354-singleton-of-dufftown-tailfire/

  34. MadScientist scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      70 70

  35. yoavg did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    It's OK-ish whisky. Speyside whisky with added touch of fruitiness and berries. My review is here: http://whiskygospel.com/2015/05/04/whisky-review-singleton-of-dufftown-tailfire/

  36. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  37. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The difference with
    the Sunray is quite clear. This one is much better. A nice addition of red and
    dark fruit and a wonderful finish. Again eminently quaffable and friendly
    priced, so if I had to make a choice, I would take this Tailfire home.
    • Nose
      The influence of the
      sherry casks is immediately discernable on the nose. Next to honey and almonds,
      I also get some walnuts and hazelnuts and red fruit. Fresh krieks, dried figs
      and some sultanas. Vanilla and a bit of liquorice. A hint of white chocolate
      as well. If you wait long enough, it even gets mildly umami,
      which is quite nice.
    • Taste
      Round and
      mouthcoating, almost creamy arrival on the palate. Immediately a basket full of
      red and blue berries, candied fruit and some nuts. The krieks return, albeit in
      stewed shape this time around. Cinnamon. Even a whiff of saffron. Turns very sweet, though.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium
      long on berries and spices with even a bit of a smoky finale.

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