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A&G Rare Cask Selection Dufftown 11yo

Review of a special bottling of Dufftown, finished in a former rum barrel.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 48%
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Rum
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: A&G Selection
Average price: € 64.00
Official website: www.whiskyshop.it
Vote: 89/100

Special bottling made for the 2019 Milano Whisky Festival, choosing a distillery that isn’t exactly in the limelight.
Dufftown was founded in 1895 under the name Dufftown-Glenlivet (a suffix that was all the rage at the time), in the town of the same name which has almost more distilleries than inhabitants!
Dufftown is in fact the town with the highest concentration of distilleries in the world, namely Mortlach, Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Convalmore (now closed), Glendullan, Kininvie and, of course, Dufftown.
This has created many problems, including disputes over access to the water of Jock’s Well (and Mortlach was “pinched” several times for trying to divert the water to its advantage), with the natural expansion of the distilleries conflicting with the limited space.

A couple of years after its foundation, the distillery was acquired by Mackenzie & Company, which maintained control until the 1920s, when it passed into the hands of Arthur Bell and Sons to use its distillates in the production of its own blends (which still happens today).
Production grew over the years, attracting the attention of United Distilleries (now Diageo), which acquired ownership in 1985, keeping a large part of the production going into blends with only 3% of the whisky dedicated to single malts, sometimes under the Singleton label.
This bottling, distilled in March 2008, spent the last 20 months maturing in a cask that had contained British Guiana Demerara Rum, bottled in October 2019.

Tasting notes

Pale golden yellow colour.
Aroma of macaroons on the nose, with raw cane sugar, crème brulée, ripe peach, accompanied by a very fresh herbaceous and floral profile.
The palate remains fresh and harmonious, with almonds and hazelnuts, caramelised cane sugar, candied orange, lemon peel, all on a carpet of grass and wild flowers.
Medium finish of dried fruit, lemon and caramel.

Sweet but not cloying, with the fresher notes keeping the balance while supporting the influence of the rum without overpowering it.
A dessert to eat your fill!

Reviews of Singleton whisky in the blog:
The Singleton of Dufftown 15yo
The Singleton of Dufftown 17yo Special Release 2020
The Singleton of Glendullan Select Game of Thrones – House Tully
Valinch & Mallet Dufftown 11yo

Reviews of A&G Rare Cask Selection whisky in the blog:
A&G Rare Cask Selection Caol Ila 10yo
A&G Rare Cask Selection Glenburgie 15yo
A&G Rare Cask Selection Royal Brackla 11yo

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