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Whisky Reviews for Dufftown 1997 SV
2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.17 points
- N: We have apple & pear drops right off the bat and equally so thirty minutes and an hour later. After those candy fruit notes it's the bourbon cask character that occupies the column inches with vanilla ice-cream, vanilla cream [with dried lime pieces] and dry, papad-like nutty oak. There’s formidable strength here even with lots of water added.
T: Its big, rich and bourbon-y. It’s also got that pepperiness of the first two. Is pepperiness a Dufftown distillery trait? Although that pepperiness isn’t so pronounced/sharp it remains throughout the development. Adding plenty of water successfully tames the seasoning and puts everything back on a legitimate course, albeit a rather straight forward one.
F: The bourbon cask dominance stays true but not before a rich and salivating flowering to a pleasing journeys end. That flowering is suitably floral bound with a rich waxy juicy maltiness and resinous oak. The cask appears to be a first fill or a young second fill although balance is maintained by the end of a long-medium finish.
C: Compared to the first two malts WB & WB, I find this more modern expression somewhat more proficient if a little plain. Ideally, I’d take the complexity of the Arthur Bell’s 10yo WB with the robust proficiency of the SV single cask as my Sunday desert island dram. Hey, lets do that!
Scores a B-
Dufftown Dimanche melange [home blending]
So, we i have a Dufftown blend [still a single malt] of late 1970’s 10yo with a 1997 single cask 16yo, 50/50 married for minutes.
N: Well incredibly the character of the 10yo comes across first before the single cask bourbon notes stream in. It’s neither the case of ‘the best of both worlds’ nor 'two worlds collide’ yet something in-between with the higher abv of the SV promoting the character of the 10yo - how does that work? About fifteen minutes later i get the raisins from the 10yo combined with the nutty, papad-dry notes from the bourbon cask.
T: Way more pepperiness than the SV offered, the 10yo peppery arrival doing it's thing. It's desperately scrambling around to collect itself, and collect itself it does, somewhat. The [subtle] complexity of the 10yo has diminished but its aniseed-herbal character nevertheless compliments the straight-shooting bourbon cask.
F: Chalky at first and even a little raw but i can easily separate the SV single bourbon cask from the malty fresh complexities of the 10yo. It concludes with a complex-ish herbal-bitter liquorice, light-sour bourbon.
C: Well it's a marriage of sorts. I wouldn’t say it's harmonious but both the 10y and the 16yo have such strong characteristics in their own right that they stand out equally well together. That's all for this week. Do enjoy the tomorrow night's Supermoon LINK