SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY // SPEYSIDE, SCOTLAND
The Singleton is not a single distillery, but rather a brand which represents the single malts of multiple distilleries. One of these is Dufftown, home to Glenfiddich and the self-declared Whisky Capital of the World.
The appearance of this whisky in the glass is deep gold with polished mahogany highlights. Upon sniffing, the nose is quite full with lots of fresh oak and nutty malt accents. The aroma displays the sort of richness you only get from combining different cask types. The nose is approachable and rich.
First polished wood and nuts (toasted hazelnut) dominate, then rich fruits, both stewed (baked apples) and dried (sweet dates) take over, with soft brown sugar. Behind this, a stick of liquorice. Upon the first sip (tasted neat), it is sweet and full of orchard fruits typical of a Speyside malt.
The palate is quite short drying pretty quickly becoming pleasantly bitter as it spreads through the mouth. Water brings out a sweeter, more direct Speyside character (citrus fruits, pear drops).
Light sweetness, then chewy and balanced by a light acidity, with a good spread of flavours mid-palate. The finish is medium to long. Elegantly drying and crisp; then a sweetly nutty delayed warmth, which lingers pleasantly.
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