- 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
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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
- 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’.
- very simple, good for social gatherings
green sour apple
delicate sweetness, clover meadow, fresh grass
sweet peach fragrance
heavy, oily, peaty
subtle sweetness of ripe red berries in the background
Malt sweetness, fruity
some apricot fruit
- 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.
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.
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.
Very bitter with little taste other than wood and sherry. Astringent.
- 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.
Fresh and fruity with notes of red grapes, raspberries, orange peel, cranberry and tobacco.
Crisp and full with notes of raspberry, oat, vanilla, white pepper, tobacco, sandalwood, citrus peel and oak
Fruity and slightly spicy with a wood aftertaste
- A young whisky. Good but not to its best IMHO
White wine, very fresh on citrus (grapefruit), very floral
Yet again citrus, white wine with a splash of oak
Sweet yet lacking
- 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.
- I see the TAILFIRE on the same level as the SPEY CASCADE - a simple, light, uncomplicated summer whisky.
light, fruity, sherry, subtle spiciness, oak; [G] [A]
mild, juicy, fruity onset, ripe apples, grapes, blackberries; sweet sherry flavors, slightly spicy oak; aromatic and uncomplicated;
medium and fruity; in the end, wooden and spicy;
- 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.
Sweet summer freshness, fruity with sweet honey and vanilla notes.
Dominance of berries and sweetness (for me honey / caramel) outweighing dark berries
first the fruit outweighs. Immediately thereafter, the oak comes through quickly, then sweet again and a hint of dark chocolate.