Aside from the twelve and eighteen year old expressions, there are some fancifully named releases without an age statement. Similarly, this latest expression lacks an age, but bears a more traditional or old-fashioned name.
In full then, it's The Singleton of Dufftown Malt Master's Selection.
If you have the patience, you can click or tap on the picture of my tasting note and read it in full. For those of you in a hurry, here's the executive summary, plus analysis.
It's a gentle, easy drinking, well balanced dram. I found flavour notes of:-
- chocolate sweeties (Chelsea Whoppers)
- clootie dumpling (specifically, the outside bit. If you've never enjoyed this delicacy, then I'd make the comparison to flapjacks or raisin-studded biscuit dough)
- lavender & rich tea biscuits
- more chocolate sweeties (orange matchmakers)
In other words, a mild mannered refill sherry barrel whisky.
I think many seasoned malt drinkers would find it a bit too light, or would use it as their warm-up dram. On the other hand, if you're looking for a change of pace from Johnnie Walker but want to keep that ultra-smooth palate and texture, then this is for you.