Dufftown 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
10 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Arthur Bell & Sons
Bottled for
Italwell, Bologna, Italy
Italy Italy
Added on
28 feb 2009 7:51 pm

Average value

€ 157.27

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17 × member ratings

39 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Dufftown 10-year-old

5 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.14 points.

  1. Astrid scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A sweet and light, also versatile profile, unfortunately also with corners that I cannot completely ignore. The full review can be found here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/01/02/gifts-from-bygone-times/
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

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  3. notesofmalt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The Dufftown-Glenlivet 10 years, 40% alc. Original bottling (1980s). Expansion: No information

    Nose: Green. So green apples, pears and green tea in the first impression. There is also dusty oak furniture and waste paper, as well as a pleasantly fresh mixture of lemon balm, hay and lemongrass. In the background it smells like summer rain.

    Palate: The apples and green tea of the nose are immediately there, quite aromatic and intense, surprisingly strong for 40%. Served with cocoa butter, Ovaltine and oatmeal with pieces of apple. In addition, there is a decent mixture of herbs, lemon balm, mint and rosemary.

    Finish: Medium length, again a little lighter than on the palate, aromatic now complemented by pleasant oak wood notes.

    Conclusion: A really good bottling with a pretty fat mouthfeel. Exciting and yet smooth. 85/100 points (2022).

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2015]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle with batch no. 14407-RAA0 that I bought for 51 Euro in May, 2005.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  My notes state a big fat "old style" dram that is very, very quaffable.  It was completely different to another batch I had during an earlier tasting (that was why I kept this bottle unopened for more than ten years...).

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2003]  I had this dram during an "Old 10 Years" tasting at Bonn-Mehlem.  In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this dram 82,5.  My notes state a colour of old gold and a few late thick legs.  The nose is fresh on floral and fruity aromas (pears, apples, raisins, dried apricots).  Later some unpleasant soapy notes pop up.  The arrival in the mouth is soft and tingling.  The taste ist sweet on vanilla flavours and gets a little bitter in the end.  The finish is of medium length and well rounded with some cocoa notes.  It is a nice whisky on a sunny afternoon.

    This bottling was distilled in the early eighties.

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: First impressions on opening were of an old style, peppery malt with a weighty malty body and perfectly adequate strength. It developed with notes of putty, blue-tac malt and cardboard changing to a little shoe polish and emulsion [lemon yellow] with fungal leanings - fusty dunnage basically with lots of bourbon but probably a little sherry in their too. More chocolate now, white chocolate, gooey caramel and caramac with that [Mackintosh] biscuit base, yet moving firmly to pastry - puff & light Cornish pasty pastry with a little icing sugar on top.
    T: However i dress this, there’s an acute sharpness on arrival. After such a pokey start however, an hour later [in the glass] it settles down to reveal more of a soft freshness coupled with a soft fruity-malt-putty-paste base. With the caramel sweetness to a minimum it leans to more a herbal/medicinal direction. Then months later it hit me after having a somewhat disappointing ginger curry. It certainly wasn’t one equal to 1000 curries, yet the flavour of it exists here - a ginger curry with the emphasis on the ginger. There’s a noteable change in mouthfeel with a waxy honeyed oozing into the finish, with water that is and more soft spices of saffron and cumin. Regrettably it always stays thin and a little sharp throughout.
    F: Woody~spirity~woody~spirity raisins initially but after an hour the cask & distillate have married in the glass with a subtle accompaniment of dingy dark notes from a workshop=greenhouse. There's a momentary wave of lemon chocolate before it finishes with that soft malty-herbal-freshness and hints of cocoa/chocolate, little black raisins and a residue of the ginger, spirity ginger. The party bag contains a small dryish, malty-distillate chew.
    C: With hearts won, the mind was bound to follow, but it took some doing. Sometimes it’s a 10yo going on 12 and other times it seems more juvenile, similar to the NAS De Luxe WB. I guess what I’m saying is it’s petulant. Both share a similar profile in part but give this time and you have a far more superior malt on all levels with a changing complexity along the way, although it's not without it's own issues. Let’s up the age one more time WB.

    Scores a B[-]

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur



    N: Ive had such a run of immature Speyside miniatures of late so im immensely pleased that this doesn’t smell like the insides of a mash-tun - surely theres more to whisky than that? It appears there is with this oB offering. Oaky, peppered apples, beef mushrooms and hmmm, theres something Lowlands here - its the meaty/tomato edge yes indeed. Theres some putty [oil directional] and clay too. Oaky, oaty/malty pancakes are waving also along with lots of vanilla and lemon barley water. Theres a warming dunnage vibe to the whole presentation which pleases me enormously.

    T: Initially soft but then very quickly envelopes the palate. A wonderful gentile but all-encompassing velvety mouthfeel, its literally like a soft piece of velvet has been placed on my tongue - a touch of gossamer-soft leather too. Malt and oak are in cohoots here, fantastic stuff. Soft sweet/savoury grain meld beautifully with soft bitter=sour fresh=herbal=vanilla/bourbon cask notes. This is splendid stuff, perfectly balanced in taste & ratio and bordering on sublime. 

    F: Oily, waxy/clay like malt with some chocolate fresh, soft ashy, vanilla oak to conclude. But wait, theres more at the death. Its a complex mix that suggests black seaweed, shoe polish, Swarfega, dry heather and milk drops with a strangely innocuous hint of a bourbon finish with heaps more vanilla and a trace of medicinal sweetness.  A fine example of maturation, timing and vatting expertise and more dunnage fustiness to the last with,… ahh i have it - its muddy river beds. Sounds ridiculous but its all so fabulous. Long finish.

    C: Inspiring! Although not faultless its beautifully crafted, immediately desirable and going straight on the wishlist. Another reminder of how good Speyside whisky can be. This dram exceeded all expectation as have the only other two Dufftown’s ive tried before. Maybe this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

    Scores a B

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Serge from Whiskyfun says:

    The Dufftown-Glenlivet 10 yo (40%, OB, Bell's, +/-1985) I’ve tried several old official 8s but never this 10. Colour: light gold. Nose: nice old style grassy Speysider with some OBE starting to show. Wee metallic touches and a little cold tea, then overripe apples and hay, and then a slightly dirty meatiness that’s not too entrancing – to say the least. Quite some cardboard too. After fifteen minutesm: some much nicer notes of shoe and metal polishes, typically ‘OBE’. Mouth: hey, this is big! Surprisingly complex, with some menthol and overripe apples at first sips, then more cough syrup and, well, more apples (with thick skin!) Some kind of herbal liqueur as well, esp. Bénédictine, then wee touches of bananas flambéed… A very good surprise on the palate, really. A big, fat old style malt! Finish: pretty long, full and wide, slightly greasy and oily. Comments: as I said, a very good surprise. I believe these bottles are very cheap at auctions (hint, hint). SGP:462 - 86 


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