Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon hogshead refill
Added coloring: No
Average price: € 99.00
Official website: www.thesingleton.com
I continue my ride through the Diageo Special Releases of 2020 with another of the less cool bottles in the series, which, compared to last year, loses a year of ageing, changes its provenance from Glen Ord (on the meaning of this I refer you to the article on the 15yo) and keeps the little fish, the distillery’s symbol.
The expressions I have tried so far have been honest and straightforward whiskies, who knows whether the greater ageing and especially the higher alcohol content will affect the overall quality.
Here you can find the list of all 2020 releases.
Light gold in the glass.
Malt, vanilla and apples emerge first on the nose, joined by notes of orange peel, caramel, a hint of cinnamon and a puff of paraffin. A more herbaceous and floral aspect emerges over time, with a hint of wet lavender. Pleasantly simple, not very intense and faithful to its easy approach despite the high alcohol content.
The alcohol becomes more present on the palate, with a tantalising splash of chilli and spice (cinnamon, ginger) resting on a structured and compact dram of fruit (ripe apples, plums, pineapple), sponge cake, honey, orange and a hint of liquorice. Impression of wood in the background.
Quite long finish of apples, orange, honey, wood, cinnamon.
A sober and elegant whisky, without edges or excesses, pleasant to taste and relaxing. Singleton may not be able to impress or enchant, but here it offers a compact, straightforward and unadulterated drink, a safe harbour to land in on an autumn evening when you just want to have a good dram.