Single Malt Scotch Whisky
city of Dufftown is a small market town in the heart of Speyside
and was founded in 1817 by the fourth Earl of Fife, James
Duff. The Earl was a local laird and built Dufftown, initially
named Balvenie, to give employment after the Napoleonic Wars.
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Dufftown Distillery - a converted meal mill - was founded
in Speyside in 1896, and still draws its pure water from the
same spring. The village of Dufftown promotes itself as the
Malt Whisky Capital of the World and its longstanding reputation
for producing some of the finest whisky in Scotland goes unchallenged.
The newest single malt whisky brand is the The Singleton of
Dufftown. It is a rich, smooth-tasting, enjoyable and well-balanced
whisky, which has been matured in both American (bourbon)
and European (sherry) oak casks. It is stylishly packaged
in a traditional but distinctive 19th century-style blue glass
flask. The bottle and the label’s unique colourways
and specially designed typography, capture the essence of
whisky packaging in the late 19th century. It is sold in a
stylish manila-coloured gift presentation, carrying a historic
photograph of the distillery.
Singleton of Dufftown is aimed at people who have an interest
in single malt but who are perhaps trying malt whisky for
the first time. This new whisky is a highly enjoyable malt,
promising a rich and accessible taste experience for both
newcomers to malt whisky and connoisseurs in Europe. 'Dufftown'
clearly shows the malt’s distillery provenance.
THE SINGLETON OF DUFFTOWN
'Perfectly Balanced, Naturally Rich and
Smooth’ is the wording on the label, and it
is the ideal summary of this striking malt.
This smooth, naturally rich single malt whisky has
sweet fruity notes and a lingering, pleasurable
STRENGTH 43% ABV
gold, polished mahogany highlights.
NOSE Toasted nut
and rich fruit aromas. Adding a touch of water brings
out the classic Speyside fruit-sweet aromas.
BODY Light to medium.
and crunchy nuts, then smooth fruity richness. Firm,
with a balancing sweetness; hints of blackcurrant,
brown sugar and espresso coffee. Warming and pleasant.
FINISH Medium to
long, elegantly drying and crisp with a delayed,
Courtesy of The Singleton of Dufftown
Dufftown was the sixth distillery built in the area and
it takes the name of the town itself. There are four other
distilleries in the immediate area: Balvenie,
Glenfiddich and Mortlach.
Other distilleries within the vicinity: Allt-a-Bhainee,
Glenallachie and Convalmore.
Like so many of its Speyside neighbors, Dufftown Distillery
added the name Glenlivet to its name (Dufftown-Glenlivet)
as it was once thought that the name "Glenlivet"
would add prestige and recognition to any distillery that
choose to add it. The glen of Livet was not even near Dufftown!
The distillery was sold to Peter Mackenzie and Richard Stockpole
just a year after it was built. In 1933, it was bought by
Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd. along with Blair
Athol, as part of the acquisition of Peter Mackenzie
& Co Distillers Ltd. Dufftown Distillery has been an
important contributor to Bell's
blend ever since. In 1985, Bell's was purchased by Guinness
plc. Today it is part of Diageo plc.
Dufftown Distillery was expanded in 1967 from two stills
to four, as well as the two more stills added in 1979. A
new mash tun and malt mill were also introduced. Dufftown
now has has the capacity to make 27 million litres of whisky
a year. The water source is from Jock's Well deep in the
Conval hills which is so highly acclaimed that men from
the nearby Mortlach distillery (the original Dufftown distillery)
have been caught trying to divert the water supply!
Dufftown distillery is Diageo's powerhouse. It has the largest
production capacity of all the other distilleries owned
by the conglomerate.
The distillery does not have a visitors' centre.