Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old
- Sweet barley with orange zest spice and toffee.
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- The Singleton single malt is distilled at Auchroisk Distillery which is located between Aberlour and Keith on Highway A95. The malt was changed to 'Singleton' because of the anticipated difficulty, on the part of the consumer, of pronouncing the name of the distillery. Auchroisk, pronounced 'orth-rusk', means 'ford across the red stream' in Gaelic and refers to the Mulben Burn from which the distillery draws its cooling water. The Auchroisk Distillery was built in 1973 and opened a year later by International Distillers and Vintners. Licensed to Justerini & Brooks who at the time also owned the Glen Spey, Knockando and Strathmill distilleries, its purpose was to contribute to blends particularly J&B Rare. Although Auchroisk is relatively new, it has amassed numerous awards, both for its product and facilities. Dorie's Well is the 'gold mine' on the site of the distillery. Its water has been described by Jim Murray as 'undeniably sweet, crystal-clear waters' along with 'an exceptional water source'. The label on Auchroisk 10 year describes the waters from Dorie's Well as 'an abundant source of soft, pure springwater, silky feel'. The Auchroisk Distillery is also utilized as an assembly point for all the other Highland distillery malts which contribute to J&B. They are vatted together according to the secret 'recipe' and tankered off to the groups blending centre near Glasgow where they meet up with the Lowland, Islay, Campbeltown and grain whiskies of different ages that comprise the final blend of over 40 whiskies. This returns to cask for a period of marrying before going on to be bottled. The Singleton's house style has been described as 'soft and sweet, sometimes with a hint of spice. After dinner.'
Nose: Malty with cereal/barley sweetness, buttery toast, wood shavings, hay and walnut. Palate: Orange zest spiciness perks up a malty core of nuts, oak and toffee, hints of cut grass. Finish: Oaky, rich with good length, some fruit lingers.
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