Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
54.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Nov 2016 7:14 am by brick666
UncoloredChillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 102.98

4 × in wishlist

10 × member ratings

19 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dufftown 1997 SV

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.14 points

  1. RichardMayston scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The great thing about this is, it's not peated, it's not sherried, it's not fruity, it's not vanilled. It's something else, something rare, something different. 

    It's tobaccoed. And in case you haven't noticed, I go wacko for tobacco. 

    Maybe it's a nostalgia thing, growing up, sitting next to Dad late in the evening as he smokes his camel, lucky strike, or pantella, as we watch Taggart. 'there's been a murder Jim'. 

    This is Excellent stuff, good price for an 18yo. It looks like the still shape is pear shaped similar to Kininivie, and looks like it has a similar flavour profile. I'll have to try more independent Dufftown. The OB 15 in comparison was very disappointing. 

    Such a complentative whisky, nice to take your time with. 
    • Nose
      Old tobacco, very like Kininivie. Ginger, gooseberry, buttery, orange zest, praline. 

      Leather, Beeswax, Sage, Hops, green Apple, Unripe Pear. 

      Takes lots of water. 
    • Taste
      Very tobacco,  Liquorice, Marmalade, sage. 
    • Finish
      GingerPepperFading to Sweet

  2. Flou scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    18 years at the Hogshead gave the Dufftown a golden color. I am looking forward to the whisky because I rarely have whiskys in the glass that were not allowed to mature in a bourbon or sherry barrel.

    In the nose I have a mixture of wood, citrus and spiciness. There is no really strong fruitiness, a tart note reminiscent of lemon, limes and orange peel overlays the other flavors. In combination with strong fruits this is often quite pleasant, but without a strong accompanying fruitiness the sour note is not really mine. Granny Smith apples may still be noticeable, but for me that was already the case with fruity elements. The wood is very noticeable with hints of hazelnuts, tobacco and dark chocolate. Pepper and ginger provide a spicy and mild sharpness in the nose. There is a slight sweetness and creaminess, but rather subtle and reminds me a little of cream.
    With water he gets an additional wax note, the acidity decreases and menthol is noticeable.

    In the mouth, the whisky has a strong start and the alcohol tingles a little on the tongue, but is still drinkable on its own. The whisky is spicy with black pepper, ginger and some leather and tobacco. The fruitiness and sweetness come through a little stronger than expected, but do not play a major role in this flavor composition. The tannins become a little stronger at the back, the tobacco is more noticeable, the chocolate is slowly moving from the bittersweet area towards the coffee note and initiates the finish.

    The tannins on tap set the tone. Tobacco, some leather, old furniture wood and a pleasant spiciness play the main roles for me. The dark chocolate is no longer noticeable, for me it's more towards coffee. The fruitiness and sweetness swing only slightly in the background. A maximally medium-long finish, a little dryness stays longer in the mouth but the other flavors are long gone.

    The whisky opens up clearly with water, it becomes fruity and sweeter in the mouth, licorice can now also be tasted, and overall the whisky gains more aromas through the addition of water. And I'm not talking about 2-3 droplets, but about thinning down to about 48% alcohol. The ginger sharpness drops significantly and the whisky becomes milder and creamier in the mouth. It is not often that I find a whisky with added water better.

    Overall, this is a whisky for me that I was not really impressed with. Adding water is a great whisky that I liked. But for me the nose lacks a powerful fruitiness, which integrates the acid notes well. In my mouth the focus is too much on wood and spices.

    I give 84/100 points. I personally wouldn't get more than one sample from it. There are simply too many better whiskys for the money.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. stefsel111 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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


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