Whisky Review #36 – Dufftown-Glenlivet 12 Years Old


Dufftown Distillery is founded in 1895 as “Dufftown-Glenlivet Distillery”. It is currently owned by Diageo. This Speyside whisky is part of the component in Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd’s blended whisky. Dufftown distillery markets its single malt as Singleton of Dufftown.

This particular expression of Dufftown-Glenlivet is matured in an Oloroso sherry butt. It is likely distilled in the 1970s and bottled in the 1980s. It is one of those bottles which saw the expansion of the distillery from four stills to eight stills.

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Amber
ABV: 43%

Nose: Fresh blackcurrant (something like Ribena), dried fruits and definite sherry influence with hints of vanilla and toffee. (17/20)

Palate: Perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Sweet tropical fruits with vanilla essence coupled with juicy wood spice and beeswax. (18/20)

Body: Love it! Good balance of sweet berries with wood spice makes this a really pleasant drink. (34/40)

Finish: Medium to long finish. Tangy orange zest with fresh gentle wood spices lingers. (17/20)

Total Grade: 86/100


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