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The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old Review


26th January 2015
The Singleton of Glendullan 38 year old

The Singleton of Glendullan 38 year old was the oldest of Diageo's 2014 Special Releases and it was the first time an expression from the Glendullan distillery had appeared in Diageo's annual Special Releases.

The whisky was filled to refill European Oak casks back in 1975 at the higher than standard filling strength of 68.5% ABV hence the reason why after 38 years in the cask it was bottled at a cask strength of 59.8% ABV. This was a limited release of only 3,756 bottles.

The Glendullan distillery was built in 1897, the last of the seven original distilleries to be built in Speysides whisky capital, Dufftown, it was built on a site in Speyside that could use water drawn from the River Fiddich.

The distillery was completely refurbished in the early 1960's. A new distillery was then built close by the original distillery in 1971. Both of the distilleries were producing exactly the same malt because they were both using the same water supply and the same production methods and were located in the same area. The spirit produced in the two Glendullan distilleries was blended together, matured and much of it went into blended whiskies but some was sold as single malt, something which would not be allowed to happen these days. The old distillery finally ceased production for good in 1985, so you could perhaps say some of the Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old whisky was produced at the old Glendullan distillery.

I have heard some very good reviews on The Singleton of Glendullan 38 year old and Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich Canada and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member, Quaich1 has kindly submitted a review for us following an "Evening of Scottish Virtuosity" premium whisky tasting event last week in Toronto Canada where Diageo premium whisky ambassador Stuart Brown presented, amongst other whiskies, the Glendullan 38 year old. You can read what Murray thought of the Singleton of Glendullan 38 year old below, it confirms the good reviews which I have heard.

The Singleton of Glendullan 38 year old is now available from The Whisky Exchange priced 750
 

The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old Review


Review submitted by Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich, Niagara, Ontario, Canada and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member, Quaich1.

Bottled at 59.8% ABV.

Murray Cohen's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Concentrated beautiful lime here with hazelnut nougat. The essence of cream soda bubbles forth. The mango and watermelon are undeniable with traces of pistachio nut. Sweet lichee in syrup is accompanied by nutty Turkish delight.

Taste:  Very smooth on the tongue; candied toffee apple and a plethora of sweet tones shine amidst the syrupy fruit and spicy hues.

Finish: The long finish is a bold one with layer after layer of evolving dark chocolate and cocoa beans twisted together like strings of DNA.

Comments: This expression is most memorable and has been called "history in a glass".

Score: 97.5/100
 

Murray Cohen's Evening of Scottish Virtuosity Whisky Reviews


Select a whisky tasted by Murray Cohen at an "Evening of Scottish Virtuosity" where Georgie Bell unveiled the new Mortlach range to East Coast Canada in Toronto and Stuart Brown presented a selection of ultra-premium whiskies.

 

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