The Singleton of Dufftown 12

singleton 12

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret these whiskies differently from me.

On the 26th July 2017 I took part in the third of a series of blind tastings run by Brian who runs the Malt Musings blog. The idea was simple, five of us select 3 whiskies each and send samples to each other – each of our samples are given a letter to represent us and a number to represent where in the tasting they will be used. We then taste through the samples live on Twitter and try to guess what they are. It’s a great test of your tasting abilities but also really enjoyable to try something without any pre-conceptions based on origin, abv etc.

To read a review of the first blind tasting you can go to Brian’s post here. Our next live tasting will be taking place later this year – stay tuned for more information.




Sweet – fudge/brown sugar mix, made me think of rum. Fruit, pear and tart green apples.


Spice and oak to start giving way to that fudge/brown sugar mix again and fruit. Also a touch of honey and malt as well as something nutty.


Oak and spice – cinnamon and nutmeg. A touch of sherry coming through on the finish as well.


A really enjoyable dram, particularly for something readily available at a decent price (around £35 – £40). A lot of the time these “younger” drams get overlooked or dismissed as they are so readily available, however 12 years is not young for a whisky and I think people need to remember that and give them a try without preconceptions as to their quality. This is the beauty of blind tasting – no preconceptions!



Notes taken from Classic Malts website:



A solid Speyside.



Rich amber, polished mahogany highlights.


First polished wood and toasted nuts, then baked apples and soft brown sugar take over, giving way to a mossy note, too.



Medium to full bodied.



Sweetness and crunchy nuts, then smooth fruity richness: hints of brown sugar and espresso coffee.



Medium to long, elegantly drying and crisp, completed by a pleasant, sweetly nutty chew-ability.

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