The Ultimate Guide to The Singleton Whisky

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Discover The Singleton – a deliciously smooth and award-winning Single Malt Scotch whisky, crafted to be enjoyed from the very first sip.

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The Ultimate Guide to The Singleton Whisky

The Singleton is a Single Malt Scotch Whisky produced in three distilleries in the Scottish Highlands: Glen Ord, Glendullan and Dufftown. Each distillery is unique, but unified by the same approach to whisky making, and driven by a love and passion for making a perfectly balanced, smooth yet rich whisky.

Taking time is The Singleton way, with Master Distiller Craig Wilson using his experience in slow craft with a long fermentation period for their signature Slow Batch Distillation. The result is a range of rich and vibrant Single Malts.

The spirit is slowly matured in a combination of European and American oak barrels, producing layers upon layers of perfectly balanced flavour.

THE SINGLETON DISTILLERIES

Each of The Singleton’s three distilleries has its own unique local history and heritage, using timeless traditions of crafting Single Malt Whisky to create liquids that are carefully balanced, easy-to-drink. and deliciously enjoyable today. The distilleries produce a complex range of single malts, with a 12-year-old, 15-year-old, and 18-year-old available from each.

DUFFTOWN

Built in the late 19th century, Dufftown distillery sits not far from its namesake village, right at the heart of the Speyside region of Scotch whisky production. For over a century, it has drawn its water from Jock’s Well, an artesian spring upstream – despite various attempts by rival distilleries to divert its course! They are proud to still use this pure water today.

GLENDULLAN

Constructed in 1897, Glendullan distillery sits on the bank of the River Dullen, nestled amongst the picturesque Convall Hills. Glendullan’s distinctive onion-shaped stills produce a delicate spirit with a fruity, green apple character.

GLEN ORD

One of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, Glen Ord is steeped in history. Founded on the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands, it sits on a stretch of land that had been in the possession of Clan Mackenzie for nearly 700 years when Thomas Mackenzie built the distillery in 1838. It is from this famous Scottish clan that the distillery adopts its motto: "Luceo non uro", meaning “I shine not burn”.

The Singleton continues to be inspired by this today, with its emphasis on slow batched distillation.

Flavour Profile

The Singleton whiskies are generally described as smooth and fruity, as a result of the casks used and the very slow and gentle distillation process. It’s matured in a high proportion of American oak casks with a small portion of European oak casks to balance the liquid. This combination of casks gives The Singleton a perfectly balanced, smooth profile.

Despite being famed for its rich, complex flavours, The Singleton is on a mission to bring clarity the world of whisky tasting for its customers. It tries not to use traditional tasting notes in favour of flavour descriptions of the liquid that are more related to the senses, like ‘luscious nectar’, ‘sublimely smooth’, and with a 'fruity decadence'.

The Singleton focuses on taste, not complexity, and its makers take time and care every step of the way, even before the ageing process begins. Their goal is to create simply delicious, deeply pleasurable, rich and smooth Single Malts, to be savoured from the very first sip.

Interesting Facts

  • Dufftown is an example of old school craft distillation at its finest. Operators still rely on the smells and sounds coming from the distillery to know when it is time to move onto the next stage of production.
  • Glen Ord is one of only a handful of distilleries in Scotland that malts all of its own barley on site. This, combined with the abundant high-quality barley in the Highlands, makes it an ideal site for a distillery.
  • Since 2007, The Singleton of Dufftown whiskies have won over 95 whisky awards, including Double Gold at the S.F. Spirits World Competition 2020.
  • Glendullan has long been a pioneer of the whisky world and was one of the first distilleries to embrace technology and get a computer (very fancy back then!)
  • The Glendullan Distillery once had a private railway to transport its casks to market. Amongst its destinations was the court of King Edward VII.
  • The Singleton distilleries are among the most sustainable in Scotland. From a bio-energy plant to cut CO2 emissions, to a revolutionary steam recycling system that uses heat from the stills to power the maltings – everything has been thought of. Dufftown in particular is Diageo’s most sustainable distillery.

AWARDS

The Singleton’s extensive collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies has won an impressive 249 awards since 2008. Here a few more recent ones picked up by each distillery’s 12-Year-Olds.

Glen Ord 12-Year-Old

2022 Silver winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2022 Gold winner at the Scotch Whisky Masters

Glendullan 12-Year-Old

2022 Gold winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2022 Silver winner at the Scotch Whisky Masters

Dufftown 12-Year-Old

2022 Gold winner at The San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2022 Master winner at the Luxury Spirit Masters

PERFECT SERVE: THE SINGLETON 'PLUS TWO': ORCHARD

Easy to make and delicious to drink, share the taste of a Summer orchard with the Singleton 'Plus Two'.

Check out more great recipes from The Singleton here.

SCOTCH TAPES: THE SINGLETON DISTILLERY PROCESS

Join Ervin Trykowski, Diageo's Scotch Whisky Ambassador, in this episode of Scotch Tapes, as he visits Muir of Ord in the Highlands of Scotland to explore The Singleton Distillery.

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