Created by potrace 1.12, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2015

Currency and Delivery Country

We're just loading our login box for you, hang on!

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

Sorry about this...

We can't actually ship Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old to you in United States at the moment. We're working on a solution.

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Bottling Note

A straightforward, nutty and malty single malt from Speyside, the Singleton of Dufftown was released to replace the Singleton of Auchroisk. It’s aged in a high proportion of European oak casks.

If you're looking to use this little stunner in a cocktail, then you could do a lot worse than making a classic Highball. You can find a recipe for one right here.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Malty with cereal/barley sweetness, buttery toast, wood shavings, hay and walnut.

Palate: Orange zest spiciness perks up a malty core of nuts, oak and toffee, hints of cut grass.

Finish: Oaky, rich with good length, some fruit lingers.

Tell us what you think of Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

Please enter your details to make it easier for us to help you further.

country flag
No spam and entirely confidential. That's a promise.

The legal stuff: not providing your contact details may mean we have to delete your comments if another member of our community complains about them. You should know that we will store your details securely just in case we need to get in touch with you about your post in the future. That information will be held by us in accordance with our Privacy Policy (although, in the case where you only give us your name and contact details in connection with a review, we will never use that information for any promotional or marketing purposes). Please click here for more details.

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old Reviews

Muy agradable con un marcado de miel y almendras ... definitivamente formará parte de mi.

Afortunadamente podemos obtenerlo en México y es accesible. Su presentación no es llamativa pero es diferente. Un vez que lees su etiqueta recibes la invitación a desgustarlo.

29th June 2020

OK if you want to taste a single malt for the first time, but you will quickly move on to other brands.

I am a single malt lover and generally enjoyed my Lagavulin and Laphroiag while I lived in the UK, but these are not often on offer in Calgary where I now live. I saw this whisky on offer in a Calgary liquor store for $32.99, so I thought I would give it a try. While I was expecting to be a mild easy drinking single malt, I was not expecting that it would be devoid of flavour. There was no note and it tasted no different than a cheap blended whisky. It might be OK if someone has never tasted a single malt and want to be introduced to it, but even then I would takethem straight to a Glenfiddich for this to do service to single malt. All in all, I would not recommend this whisky.

28th June 2020


Like many others I didn’t like this one at all. It thin, a bit harsh and absolutely uninteresting dram. It resembles the cheap scotch blends a reminded me why I stoped drinking them.
Here in Canada it priced similarly to other ‘entry level’ singles which are by any parameter better then this.
I wouldn’t recommend it to any one. There is nothing there for the experienced drinkers and the newbies won’t find anything new or distinctive that would draw them into the wonderful world of single malts.

27th June 2020

Null. They should make hand sanitiser instead.

Hand sanitiser should be the vocation of this distillery. I enjoy single malts for the character; this has none. No flavour, no nose, no personality. It is inoffensive, but pretty much pure alcohol in pure water.
I was given a bottle of this. Finally got around to opening it, and, for the first time in my life, poured it down the drain. There is no other use for it.

17th May 2020

Utter Disappointment

No nose no palate no finish. Will use this as mixer, it’s not worth the price this shouldn’t cost more than JW Red Label, which is better than this.

8th May 2020

This is for me

Being Scottish I’m trying to get into malt whisky. Bought the Singleton today as it was on offer at less than £18 in Bulgaria, with 2 glasses.
This is one of the most enjoyable malts I’ve tried. So smooth and easy to drink.
My favourite so far!

15th March 2020

Good Intro Scotch

New scotch drinker here, not a scotch snob at all. This one seems a very nice intro for me, as it’s smooth and malty scotch that doesn’t seem too complex. I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Just straight with an ice cube.
US $60 at 7-Eleven in Bangkok. Tax on imported spirits and wine is outrageous here!

11th January 2020

Love it. Smooth as silk.

Love it. Smooth whisky. I don't need to pretend I can taste something complex.
Reading some of the comments is like a roll call of pretentious whisky snobs.
I can imagine these bores forcing people into a coma telling you about all the imaginary flavours they can and can't taste or smell.
At the end of the day it is a flavoured spirit.

15th December 2019

Good for a Japanese highball

Good for a highball. Pretty one dimensional whiskey.

24th October 2019


Awesome. Was looking for something to numb the pain after my dog died. The wife ran him over while leaving me. I’ll miss that dog but have now found a new best friend

3rd October 2019

Superbly maturated malt whisky.

Nose malty, oaky , sweet with fruity nuances like orange zest. Sugary caramel is obvious. Amazing density can be noted. Palate is in perfect correlation with the nose so oaky, sweet, fruity/citrus nuances are dominant. Finish oaky, fruity and long.

8th July 2019

Simple. Not complex.

Not the best. Simple and not very complex. Not a patch on Glenlivet. Only buy this if you get it under £30. Not worth anything more.

16th June 2019

Thin, simple and one dimensional.

Thin, simple and one dimensional. Good price but this is a dram for entry level scotch drinkers.

21st March 2019

The price is good

Same price as JW black label or Chivas Regal 12yo. The taste is distinct, but a bit too straightforward. A drop of water opens the flavor.

24th December 2018

Price is good.

Same price as JW black label and Chivas Regal 12yo, but anyway it's a 12yo single malt and tastes better. The flavor is distinct, but a bit too straightforward. A drop of water will open the flavor. Within the box comes a mould for ice ball, so I tried. With an ice ball you drink too much before knowing it.

24th December 2018

7/10 taste wise, 8/10 price wise

It’s a good whiskey for the less experienced tasters. The price value is more than acceptable.

19th December 2018

Bottle and colour

The unique bottle shape of The Singleton of Dufftown is inspired by a traditional hipflask while the colour of the glass reflects the blue flint glass used at the turn of the previous century.

We have an original copper hip flask (from Dufftown, where we live) which was used for acquiring whisky. It is the shape of the bottle.

29th June 2018

For Newbies

If your going to introduce someone to scotch and they're not use to drinking on the rocks or neat this is probably the one to start with, it's very drinkable completely lacking of any challenging flavours and still has some scotch flavour. But beware if you have tried several quality brands of scotch you may find yourself wondering if someone watered down your drink when you weren't looking.

25th June 2018

Ugly, unpractical bottle, pedestrian malt inside, confusing provenance...

1. My comment about the ugly bottle is not about appearances, more about practicality - the shape of the bottle makes it look huge and it's not practical to store with other bottles. Maybe it makes it stand out at the bar, but then the greenish glass is rather ugly. Just sort of unattractive. Mind you, I bought the bottle to give the malt a chance, despite the looks.

2. Confusion about provenance - if you read up on Singleton, you'll see that in the American market it offers "Singleton of Glendullan" (12, 15 and 18 all at 40% abv), in Europe it's "Singleton of Dufftown" and there's also a different version in Asia. Same ugly bottles and brand name "Singleton". I think that's confusing, customers expect the distillery name to be the brand of a single malt.

3. The malt itself is not vile, you won't pour it down the drain, very drinkable, somewhat sweet, generally true to description on label with not much more interest or uniqueness. Quite heavy on E150a - initial impression was rather "meh", gradually it grew on me, relatively speaking. Why even use the ugly green glass if you're using a colorant to lend a "beautiful" color? Or rather: why use colorant if you use green glass? Of course, that goes for many a distillery. I did finish the bottle, but for the price you can do much better with Glenmorangie 10, Glenfiddich 12, Glenlivet 12, Old Pulteney 12, Speyburn 10. No repeat purchase from me. I might revisit if Singleton comes up with a traditional bottle and offers natural color products at higher abv, would love to really taste the distillery character. Thank you.

9th February 2018


It’s a nice scotch. It’s fresh, it’s got some malty and some oaky notes sure but it’s very light.

19th January 2018

Pleasant but forgettable

Very pleasant honey/malt/fruit nose typical of the Highland region. The palate is quite light and unremarkable. Finishes with peaches and a touch of vanilla for me. Price point is critical with this one. Unless it is cheaper, no reason to chose this one over other entry level Highland malts.

16th December 2017

Excellent and pleasant

Pleasant, soft and the "kindest" whisky ever tasted! Delicious and nice.

9th June 2017

Thin on flavour

Maybe I got a bad batch looking at other reviews, barely any character, just a sharp undesirable taste like a cheap bottom shelf single malt. The bottle design is quite stupid also as a full bottle falls over at the slightest nudge or table wobble.

28th April 2017

Don't. Just don't.

I have difficulty believing this is a single malt. It has a rough edge but not Islay rough, more like a low-end whisky sort of rough. I like strong tastes like lagavulin 16 and laphroaig quarter cask but there had better be some smoothness to it. I get that some people might be buying this one because the price is right but if you wanted something nicer in a comparable range I would prefer a Nikka. It's not awful but I won't waste time and money with this one again.

26th April 2017

Gordon Graham

One of the best I've tasted.

30th December 2016

Excelente por el precio!

Es muy suave, nada de turba whisky para tomar dia a dia, el precio es muy bueno a mi esposa le encanta!!

23rd December 2016


My boyfriend cant love without it!

16th November 2016


Nice whisky. Rather thick! Haven't encountered that before... Thumbs up

7th November 2016

Mr Oxley

Excellent drop smooth to be enjoyed slowly .

27th October 2016

Chris London

I had read quite a few positive reviews for this Scotch, and I love the price point, so I decided to give it a whirl. Maybe I've got a bottle from a bad batch, but my first impression was that it was a bit thin, uncomplicated, and generally lacking. That isn't to say it is bad, but it isn't 'good', simply 'ok'. It actually felt like a blend to me. Not a total loss, this bottle will be relegated to a 'house Scotch', assigned to the lower shelf with the likes of Grant's Family Reserve and Cutty Sark Prohibition (both of which I prefer to this), and offered to those less likely to know the difference.

2nd October 2016

Good value for money

Just nice. Doesn't pretend.

8th September 2016

first time

loving it in colombia

31st July 2016

Mr Patel

Great taste and very smooth. Best whisky ever tasted in terms of single malt whisky. I would recommend every one who likes drinking whisky.

17th July 2016

Good, but not perfect...

A straight forward whisky which delivers as promised, but no more. I prefer an Oban or the Glenmorangie because theres a lot more depth in the taste and aftertaste...

21st June 2016

Nutty toffee

Yes, the tasting note by the chaps at Master of Malt is spot on when in come to nose and palate, but I'm not agree when it comes to the finish. The finish keeps oak, yes, but it's not rich with good length. The finish is most of all a sweet goodbye (and welcome back) from the toffee. Some fruits there, that's true.

It's so smooth, or should it be a little more punchy..? Maybe it's not meant to be the punchy whisky. No, it's meant to be that smooth nutty toffee...

For it's age, for it's price... Ok, I liked it. Over the average level.

7th May 2016


I normally drink smoky whiskeys like Laphroaig but this was a really nice single malt.

24th March 2016

Mad honey

Haah raki! I think that guy must have indulged in a bit too much honey bee grayanotoxin when he went to Turkey. Very smooth and comparable to the accomplished Glenlivet 12 in that price bracket

14th March 2016


It has a low profile Turkish/Bulgarian raki "nose" and "plate", that has medium anise flavor . . . its not naturally smoth or balanced its sharp and yeah naturally rich.You might like your nose in side the glass but the "plate" ? Orange zest spiciness cmon . . .its just anise . . . go drink raki in Turkey, u will enjoy it if you like this, Turks say "raki balik". Try it !!! This one just calls it in a cheaper way.

27th January 2016

It's awesome


30th December 2015


I drink only JW Black Label or Platinum label, I bought one bottle of Singleton when I was coming from USA, now I wish I could buy few more. Cheers, Singleton rocks on the rocks !!!!!!!!!!!!

18th December 2015


Very smooth and easy to drink. With a good smoke.

9th December 2015

Good but so little intensity

Insane the good grades this whisky gets on the web. Is it the cheap price? Is someone hiring peolple to leave comments? I don't know. I don't understand why Glenfiddich gets so much heat for being to simple and little intense. Well Singleton is even less intense. Mind, it has a good taste profile. No faults, no moldy barrel, no glue aftertaste, no bitterness, not excedengly sweet, nicely fruite (apples, pears) but there is just so little of anything here. It's the first time I honestly think of the concept "watered down". Even so, perfect beginners dram but for people looking for something more well.. it falls short.

6th November 2015

Old style Spey

It is a good dram. But the heat, that came out of the Dufftown bottle leads me to believe it is bottled at a little higher volume than 40. I be back for more.

1st September 2015

mouth watering

We bought a bottle on the way back from the the far north west of Scotland.
It has lasted for only six weeks. I wish we had purchased more.

4th July 2015

Everyday dram alongside good cup of coffee

First impression when opened the bottle I almost got dissapointed. It reminded me of a blend I am not that fond of... but second impression and when I tasted it I was so positive impressed by the malty barley sweetness and the thickness in this whisky. Something I have been looking for for a while in whiskies. Goes very well alongside a good cup of coffee.

6th April 2015

Alongside a good cup of coffee anytime a day!

First impression when opened the bottle I was almost dissapointed. Thought I had bought something like Famous Grouse. A blend I personally do not find attractive. But in comparison this malt is way over FG. I think! The malty barley sweetness is so much to like. Something I have long looked for in whiskies. A drop of water open this malt up. It goes so very well alongside a good cup of coffee anytime a day! I will be happy to present it for friends/family and hear there opinion on this on. I surely see why the supermarked almost have not enough bottles of this one.

5th April 2015

Fine Single Malt

This is a wonderful scotch, rich and smooth with lovely texture. the taste and more so the after taste leaves you wanting for more. Since not many people have tried it yet its fun to introduce it to them.

Enjoyed my last with a cohiba on a cold saturday evening.

22nd February 2015

Last wish

when i die, i want to be embalmed with this whiskey, in fact, just let me have my final rest in one of the cask's.
this is the best i ever had.

7th February 2015

Bought 2 bottles .. should have bought more !

I cautiously purchased two bottles, When I tasted I realized I should have bought more than two. This drinks so easily, just slips down the throat like honey.. a bottle doesn't last long.. especially if you've a friend who likes single malts too !

27th January 2015

Colin Herring

Excellent, smooth tasting with a multitude of flavours and tastes.I'm an old malt "hand" but it is an very good whiskey for new fans.

15th January 2015

What a very nice single malt!

Very smooth, lovely balanced indeed. Got it as a present from my colleagues. All I can say is that I should have tried it years ago. Absolutely recommend it. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

12th January 2015

Pleasantly approachable

Opened it up on Christmas and enjoyed a finger. Smooth and delicious without any oily or petrol notes.

26th December 2014

Good dram

Nice smooth whisky with a toasted/dried fruit background. I get; sultanas, citrus peel, fig ? Nice gentle wood nose, Nice finish. Actually a great whisky at this price point. I highly recommend this. Would be a good starter single malt.

I need to add a footnote here; I didn't buy this for a long time because of Jim Murrays tasting notes, then my local supermarket in Ireland had a sale and this was about €40/bottle so I said I'd have a go. I normally agree with Jim but he is way way off base on this one, this is a nice whisky.

20th December 2014

Excellent Single Malt

This is one great single malt. Great full and slightly spicy nose that completely prepares you for the taste, which is also great. Orange, toffee, spice, oak, a whisper of smoke, and as smooth a 12 year old as I've tasted. Zero throat burn, just that warm tingle that reminds you that you're drinking alcohol. Not the best I've tasted but extremely good and absolute best value for money as I've seen thus far: in my area it is 22.00 CAD cheaper than Dalmore 12 which is perhaps most similar in taste and quality as I've experienced. Great job Dufftown!

3rd December 2014

One word...


24th October 2014

Smooth, a little sweet, a great contrast

I mostly like peaty whiskies - Ardbeg probably most of all - but sometimes want a contrast, and I think the Singleton is my favourite standby contrast. It is also available very cheap if you are in a supermarket in France: roughly £20!

17th October 2014


A very smooth malt,with enough taste ,very nice to drink

27th September 2014


Very interesting specimen of whiskey, but very,
very underrated in Europe! Great representative of Speyside!

16th September 2014

Mr. Andrew van der Wal. --- Netherlands

Nice whisky,excellent tasten, Nice to drink. Love iT!

22nd August 2014

A Good Malt

I enjoy this but I would not put it ahead of The Glenlivet. I find more interest in the Glenlivet taste. However this is a malt not to be missed and it may be more to your taste. I would fully recomend it.

18th July 2014

A regular in my collection

I can't think of a whisky that is as carefully balanced as this one. It's not too vague, but also not too pronounced. It manages to keep you in the 'sweet spot'. It never bores, never disappoints, never offends. By far THE best bang-for-your-buck whisky out there!

7th June 2014

Absolutely Recommended

I am a regular glenlevit drinker and one day last week I walked into a liquor store and saw bottle, I was instantly attracted to it and took it home for cheaper than the Glen. I went back again to get the bottle but it was sold out and out of distribution, very sad for me. My girlfriend who is a non scotch drinker loved it and is also going around town helping me find a bottle. If anyone has an idea where I'd find it in Houston TX, please post

22nd May 2014

First taste

Dear reader, today on my 56 anniversary, I had the pleasure to taste for the very first time your 12 year old Singleton. I can tell you that I am overwelmd by the smooth and delicious taste of your single malt scotch.

17th May 2014

A classic - well rounded

Just bought this at a great price in Cape Town..on special at Makro..the equivalent of Cosco here. Settled down just now with my first sip. Lovely nose.. The European cask aging comes through ..with a lovely deep woody, sweet whiff.
On the palate I thought this was really smooth, with a complex character that has to be appreciated ... I will definitely share this with guests very selfishly.

20th March 2014

Love this scotch

As a newcomer, it's easy to love this scotch. Soft, fresh, delicious.

13th March 2014

A Carrefour Classic

Spotted this attractively packaged and priced little number whilst holidaying in Samoens, France. Instantly whisk(y)ed to the side of a wide Speyside river, old cane trout rod in hand, casting across with a Bloody Red Butcher. Like a searing steely rivet fresh hued into the side of my burns. Soaring high as a Golden Eagle across Glenfeshie reaching peaks of rough hewn granite where crystal clear water starts its journey to the sea below. Time for a other dram wee be continued.

25th February 2014

Goes down very easily

This whisky is very smooth and easy to drink. I went through the bottle much faster than expected!

5th February 2014

a good but rather traditional taste

This one is a good, but rather traditional Speyside;not a challenge, ut still nice as evening drink

28th January 2014

You can find a lot better for the same price

First of all: the bottle is beautiful. Very smart packaging. I actually think some people WANT to like it because of the good looks.

On the nose it doesn't bring a lot. Some sweetness, some barley. Than the taste is just that: NOT smooth. I don't get why people call this 'smooth' and 'so easy'. There is a hint of orange that appeals, but then afterwards you get a sharp edge that just ruins it. Not that I hate 'sharpness' because it CAN be functional in a certain dram, but this is just a cheap kind of sharp. One of the most dissapointing buys in a while.

If you like easy going, you can find a lot better in the same price category. For example a Glengrant 10y or a Balvenie DoubleWood 12y.

23rd January 2014

Great sctoch for everyone

I love this mild single malt with just enough flavor. My friends who used to only drink blends now also like this. So I am getting them to trade up.

4th December 2013

Good drop

Good stuff, mellow accessible not to complex but good starter stuff and enough for you to keep coming back for. Managed to pick up in booker with two glasses 24 which can't be bad.

4th November 2013


I've had this one before and remember it being very smooth with a rich nutty, malty sweetness. I have just picked one up from Tesco for £22 (real bargain)and can't wait to open it and see if it is as good as I remember.

2nd November 2013

I'll never forget. ...

Absolutely first class. Nuff said. This was bought as a leaving gift from my work mates. To take the time and effort to get this a gift for me was truly humbling. I'll treasure this. I only tried my first single malt on a jaunt in the cairngorms in the summer. I was so takentthat I couldn't wait to buy a bottle. For my friends to do me this honour is wonderful.

29th October 2013


This one my dad, Andrew bought for me. Was included as 1 of 4 little bottles in a whisky set. I chose one at random and sat down to drink. Never really drank much whiskey but this has opened the door for me to try more. Singleton melts when it hits your lips then spreads and smothers more of your taste buds. Sweet and a little spicy, really great taste. I do want more, thats why i ended up here, after searching for Singleton. 8/10. My journey into the vast tastes has really only just begun so i'm leaving room for improvement ;p

29th August 2013

Can't go wrong with this one!

My favourite whisky, very easy to drink ... almost too easy.

28th May 2013

Very good!

I love this whiskey! Veeery smooth, perfect served neat!

21st June 2012

Singleton of Dufftown 12

World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Singleton of Dufftown 12yo wins - "Best Speyside 12 years and under"! I like this malt!!!

18th May 2012

A malt lovers dream

If your like me and really enjoy your malts but cannot afford the really aged stuff, then this is for you.

Highly recommended

30th January 2012

New to Malts

A very drinkable whisky. Smooth and flavoursome.

12th December 2011

not a bad wee dram

Deserves more than Jim Murray's 71, I'd rate it a nice round 80.
If you see it on offer snap it up.

5th October 2011

inexperenced staff

I'm at chatsworth country fair and stumpled across a stall doing free samples. the staff was all smart dressed, with the latest gadgets. But could only tell me the whisky was from dufftown in the speyside area. well i must say apart from there lack of knowledge it was a really nice drop of gods water.

3rd September 2011

Great first impression

I had the same nice experience with this whisky. I've never tried a whisky so easy to drink and flavored. Definitely I'd recommend it for starters.

8th August 2011

Fine Starter

My wife and I bought a sampler pack which included a 5cl bottle of this. We got it just to try out for a one off new experience sort of thing. But we were seduced by this pleasant drinking 'winter warmer'. I would recommend this for those starting out on the Malt adventure. Its well rounded, tasty and nice finish. The other Malts in the sampler were strong with odd aftertastes [to us]. But we'll be returning to this one.

6th March 2011

Recently viewed