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Most of us know Singleton of Dufftown from their 12 Year Old in the beautiful tall bottle. Apart from their 12, there is also a 15 and 18 Year Old, but now Diageo launched two NAS-releases. I suppose it is the fashionable thing to do, nowadays. The Sunray and Tailfire were both presented at the Whisky Festival in Ghent. I took a sample of both. The Sunray, which I will try first, matured only on American oak.
The nose is inviting on honey and nuts (mostly almonds). A touch zesty. Lime, oranges. A bit of vanilla custard and crystal sugar. Hints of white chocolate. All of this very soft indeed.
The arrival is surprisingly oily, honeysweet and soft. It is mostly the citrus that stands out. Lime leads, supported by spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of liquorice. Slowly but surely some Granny Smith apples join in. Honey is also one of the main players on the palate.
The finish is rather short on more of the same with a bit of menthol at the death.
Simple, but utterly quaffable and fruity whisky that will not survive the night if put on the table during a board game. Which is probably the goal. Friendly priced.