Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
European and American oak casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
10 May 2014 5:44 pm by Erik Elixir

Average value

€ 31.10

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Whisky Reviews for The Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.00 points

  1. Cubey666 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

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

  2. 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’.

  3. DulischM scored this whisky 63 points Expert Junior

    very simple, good for social gatherings
    • Nose
      green sour apple
      delicate sweetness, clover meadow, fresh grass
      Malt note
      sweet peach fragrance
    • Taste
      heavy, oily, peaty
      Bitterness increases
      subtle sweetness of ripe red berries in the background
    • Finish
      Malt sweetness, fruity
      some apricot fruit

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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;

  9. 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.

  10. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

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


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