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In 2006 and 2007 Diageo launched three different “Singleton” single malt whiskies that were produced at three different distilleries: a 12-year old Dufftown for Europe and Africa (2006), a 12-year old Glen Ord for Southeast Asia (2006), and a 12-year old Glendullan for the US market (2007). I got my bottle of the 12-year old Singleton of Glen Ord at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
The nose starts off with odd flavours of grass and rotten vegetables. After a while I got hints of cereal, vanilla and honey, just barely detectable. Overall quite foul-smelling. Yuck!
The palate is light-bodied to the point of being watery, lightly sweet and spicy. The strange grassy flavours are back, now accompanied by hints of caramel and apple. Over time tannic notes appear, followed by hints of leather.
The finish is short, dry, and very light. Caramel is back, together with malty notes and sweet lemon cake.
This was one of the more inferior single malts that I tasted over the years. I checked the cork and it was fine. Perhaps there was a different issue with this batch? In any case, the rotten vegetables pretty much sealed the fate of this one for me. Never again shall I touch it!