Singlemalting #237 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 11 Dufftown 11 Year Old

Welcome back everyone to day 11 and an accidental revealing of an 11 year old whisky. Sometimes these things just happen. Today we visit yet another distillery that is a first timer for any of our whisky adventures. We had never been able to find a Dufftown bottled by one of the many independent bottlers we have worked with so we just had to do it ourselves.

Dufftown is home to 9 distilleries and raises more revenue per capita than any other town in the UK. The Dufftown distillery itself has been around since 1895 and was founded by two gentlemen from Liverpool. A former meal mill Dufftown started out with only 2 stills. Owned today by powerhouse Diageo Dufftown is most recognizable by it’s proprietary whisky “Singleton”.

Dufftown Distillery

When I initially saw this Dufftown on the list of casks that I could taste from I was pretty excited. You all know I love to cross a distillery off the list but I also love trying rare to find casks from distilleries owned by the big companies.

Secret Spirits – Dufftown 11 Year Old – Speyside – Oloroso Sherry Cask # 700435A – 55.4% abv

Colour:       Burnished Bronze.

Nose:           After yesterday’s Big Peat this is a polar opposite trip North to Speyside. Lovely deep dark forest fruits. The dominant berry for me is blueberry. Like a lovely rich blueberry compote warming on the stove. I could easily have this on pancakes. Does that make this a breakfast whisky? I sure hope so.

Palate:        Big sherry influence here, figs and dates, winter spices, Oloroso sweetness in spades. Funnily enough the Oloroso comes across much dryer than I remember from my tasting in Scotland.

Finish:       Lovely dry finish that continues to put out layers of rich fruit and spice notes. Very mouth coating and at 55.4% pretty balanced. Was tempted to try a touch of water but am enjoying it as is. All of our intrepid Youtubers have been doing a thorough job of adding water and delving deep into the nuance of every whisky so be sure to check them out.

There may be even at 11 years old just a touch more sherry influence on this whisky than some would want to see but is it ever delicious. There is often several schools of thought about how much sherry cask maturation is the right amount. Some want dark inky whisky that is so sherried that there is little else remaining. Others like just a hint to offset the distillery style. As always I tend to be all over the place and can just enjoy the difference inherant in each different whisky I try.

On this day in the 5th edition we had a blended malt both vibrant and aptly named Wemyss Malts Vanilla Burst.

Yep time to check out our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. Plus the bonus Food Quig reviews.

Tomorrow we have the sole representative of a particularly popular style of Scotch Whisky that sometimes does not appear in a Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar edition. Looking forward to seeing how it stacks up against what has come before.

So until tomorrow have a fabulous day. As Bart from Scotch Test Dummies is doing pause and contemplate something meaningful that has happened this year each day as we roll through this Advent season.




  1. Steve Anderson says:

    I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed in the Scallywag/Big Peat days (not that they’re bad whiskies, because they’re very good blends, but I can find them locally in the US fairly readily).

    Day 11 however, is amazing. Very well done.

    • Jonathan says:

      G’day Steve, we normally have a few good blended malts in each edition and most of them in the past have been the hard to come by Wemyss Malts. This year we slipped in a few Douglas Laing offerings as we had exhausted all of the Wemyss variations available.

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