The Singleton is not a whisky, but a brand. Because no less than three (formerly four) malts from different distilleries are used to put together this series. The three together ensure that The Singleton is in the top five of Diageo's best-selling whiskies. For the European market, that is the whisky from Dufftown Distillery.
This is at least as fruity as its slightly younger brother but shows a sour freshness like gooseberries and grapefruit. Hardly any spiciness. Some vanilla and licorice. Nice balance. Accessible.
The body is relatively light. On the palate I get those same fresh and fruity notes – supplemented with baked apples and peach from a can – but now a large touch of wood appears, both in the form of spices such as cinnamon and black pepper, and in the form of lightly drying tannin. Goes on the dry tour relatively quickly. But the balance is maintained.
That continues nicely in the medium-long finish, which is satisfying. I still get some nuts on the deathbed.
Very tasty and a lot more complex than the younger version, but you’ll fork over 180 to 200 EUR for it. Then I prefer to do 2 bottles of the 18 Year Old.