The Glendullan Distillery was built in 1897, apparently after a take-over bid on Glenfiddich and Balvenie – the proverbial stone’s throw away – failed. It’s owned by Diageo since 1926 and produces primarily for the blends. Only in 2007 the malt was released under the label The Singleton and only for the US market. Today I will try an older release from Gordon & Macphail, matured on a refill sherry cask.
Fruity and mostly sweet nose on Reine Claude plums, vanilla, crystal sugar and acacia honey. Lots of floral notes, as if I’m attending a flower auction. Softly spiced on pepper and vanilla. If you leave it to breath it becomes a bit darker, if you know what I mean.
It could have done with a bit more body in my book. Very sweet on a truckload of honey, followed by some black pepper and cardamom, caramel en finally some yellow fruit. But less fruity than the nose promised. Every bit as sweet though.
The finish is the best part. The sweetness is counter pointed somewhat by a mild bitter and drying note from the oak.
Again a flawless Glendullan, but just a tad too sweet to my taste.