The Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

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Discerning Drinkers (2 ratings)

alc./vol: 40%

Proof: 80°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: 12 years

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

Aged in a high proportion of European oak casks, Singleton from Dufftown replaced the now-defunct Singleton of Auchroisk which was first launched as a 12 year old in 1986. Auchroisk was marketed as 'The Singleton' as it was felt that Auchroisk was too much of a challenging name.

However, the malt market developed and 'The Singleton' was withdrawn and replaced by the Auchroisk 10 year old Flora and Fauna bottling. The Singleton returned (circa 1997) as 'The Singleton of Auchroisk'.

More recently Diageo has relaunched The Singleton label using a couple of their other numerous malts, namely: The Singleton of Dufftown for the UK, the Singleton of Glendullan for the USA and the Singleton of Glen Ord for the Far East. It is worth noting that Dufftown and Glendullan distilleries are both in Dufftown, but are separate distilleries.

The 'Singleton' brand is inspired by an expression used by whisky brokers in the early 20th century to describe a whisky of which they only held one cask. I.e. a singleton is a one-off. Similarly, in card games the term refers to a playing card that is the only one of its suit in a player's hand.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 06/04/2015


Clear, golden amber.


Malte barley, pencil shavings, buttery toast, liquorice and stewed fruit.


Creamy mouthfeel, fruity with Muscovado sugar, nuts, overripe banana and espresso coffee with light spice.


Mellow oak with lingering fruit and light spice.

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Closure: Natural cork stopper

More about The Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

Produced by: Dufftown Distillery
Owned by: Diageo plc
UK distribution by: Diageo Great Britain
UK consumer PR by: Cognis Public Relations
UK trade PR by: Cognis Public Relations

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