The Singleton of Dufftown 12 Years Old

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Dufftown12.jpgFounded as the Dufftown-Glenlivet distillery in 1895, the distillery was one of six operating in its namesake town of Dufftown. Except for a brief shutdown during the second world war to comply with rationing efforts, Dufftown has been an active distillery with most of its single malt production ending up in the blends of its various owners over its lifetime. Under its current owner, Diageo, a larger portion of Dufftown's malt output has been directed to "The Singleton" line with a core range of aged statements and a handful of NAS bottlings.

The Singleton of Dufftown 12 years old was matured in a 50/50 split of European and American oak casks for 12 years and bottled at 40% ABV. 

Nose: Inviting aromas of toffee, drizzled over toasted coconut mixed with dried apples, raisins, apricots and nuts accompanied by wood shavings and a sort of mossy dampness
Body: Smooth, full-bodied and almost syrupy; like toffee soaked raisin bread with a smear of orange marmalade and a dusting of cinnamon. 

Finish: Moderate length and gently warming with a long streak of toffee sweetness that fades through toasted oak flavours, hazelnuts, coffee grounds, ending with a slightly bitter, aniseed-like, licorice flavour. 

Overall: Polished and approachable, The Singleton of Dufftown is a great entry point for those who are new to single malt Scotch whisky. Likewise, those of you with a taste for sherried Speysides will find good value in this very quaffable expression of Dufftown with its food-friendly flavours and thick, rich, texture. Fans of the discontinued Singleton of Glendullan will find a suitable replacement with this dram, currently on sale at the LCBO for $56.15,marked down from $60.15. 

Thanks to North Strategic for providing a sample bottle. 

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