THE SINGLETON 18 YO
LIVELY RICH FRUIT & SPICED OAK
DISTILLATION YEAR: 2000
CASKS: From fresh charred American oak hogsheads REGION: Highland
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Muir of Ord AVAILABILITY: Limited quantities worldwide
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL?
The Singleton is renowned for the smoothness and balance of its whiskies, which match the liveliness and vigour of the leaping salmon in the fast flowing rivers of the Highlands of Scotland. The Singleton Glen Ord is particularly known for its richness and fruitiness, here enriched by a different, more intense maturation cask.
This small batch of The Singleton Glen Ord, matured for a full 18 years in freshly charred American oak hogsheads and never before released, combines smooth distillery character with subtle complex aromas and intensely spicy tastes.
The subtle aroma suggests nougat, with traces of dried apple, on a zesty orange peel base.
The compelling and powerful taste starts with the sweetness of caramel toffee, the orange peel introduces a surprising intensity that swells with complex spices. The finish is long and leaves the palate tingling.
The cask type used is a very unique wood type for a whisky of this age, and certainly not something which has been seen often in the past, as the use of freshly-charred wood gives a much more overt wood flavour with pronounced spicy notes.
A different yet still delicious example of Glen Ord with a subtle aroma and a memorably complex and bracing taste.
IN A SENTENCE...
Unusually from freshly charred American oak hogsheads, this fine cask-strength expression is much spicier than is usual for The Singleton Glen Ord, while retaining its signature smoothness and appealing richness.
APPEARANCE: Deep amber with orange lights. Good beading.
NOSE : A mild nose-feel, with some prickle: lightly nose-drying. Quite hard to discern at cask strength. The subtle aroma is reminiscent of nougat, with traces of dried apple, on a zesty orange peel base.
A drop of water smoothly adds creamy chocolate, and boosts the orange note.
PALATE : At natural strength, mouth-filling and smooth in texture. The compelling and powerful taste starts with the sweetness of caramel toffee, while an answering touch of orange peel sourness introduces
a surprising, warming intensity that swells with complex spices. With water the whole effect is much sweeter and smoother: still spicy, though the latter now decides to be part of the story, not the main theme.
FINISH : Long, warming and increasingly spicy, leaving the palate tingling. Lightly drying, too. With water, sweeter and smoother, leaving an after taste of milk chocolate.