Singleton of Dufftown 17 Year Old - 2020 - Special Releases - Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
An unusual age indeed, but none the less excellent example of The Singleton Dufftown.
A first release purely from refill American Oak casks, this is a spicier expression of the smooth The Singleton Dufftown distillery character, in which the signature grassy fruitiness is still present, especially if water is added.
Nose: Mellow and mild overall, with hardly any prickle. The first impression is of honeycomb; spun honey, but also a trace of beeswax. Beneath this is a faint floral note of dry grasses or wall flowers, with fresh orchard fruits on an earthy base. A little water softens the nose and adds pear drop boiled sweets, making all the aromas more evident.
Palate: At natural strength the texture is creamy-smooth, the taste intense and sweet overall, and both drying and slightly coating as that hint of bees wax re-appears. With water the effect is smoother and sweeter, the intensity reduced.
Finish: Quite long and warming with white pepper, becoming chili in the aftertaste Lightly drying, it leaves the palate tingling. A drop of water starts to tame the chili-spice.