Scotland's Singleton Of Dufftown Debuts A 53 Year Old Single Malt - The Whiskey Wash

Scotland’s Singleton Of Dufftown Debuts A 53 Year Old Single Malt

By Nino Marchetti / October 1, 2019

The Diageo owned distillery named The Singleton of Dufftown has quite a history to it, having been built back during the reign of Queen Victoria. It is considered a Speyside region whisky maker, and it is from here a new Scotch single malt recently debuted that’s said to be its oldest ever release.

The new The Singleton 53 Year Old, according to those behind it, was drawn from a single oak hogshead laid down back in 1964. It is said to be one of those types of casks that was more or less found lying around, and what’s resulted from it is a 53 year old expression that’s bottled at 40.6% ABV and limited to just 117 bottles.

“This is a very special whisky for me,” said The Singleton’s Master of Malts Maureen Robinson in a prepared statement. “When we discovered the cask in the warehouse and tasted the whisky, we were absolutely in awe of its character. Usually in highaged Scotch, the cask can overpower the distillery character. But this had been lying there for over five decades and to our joy the distillery character had actually shone through, defying time.

The Singleton 53 Year Old

The Singleton 53 Year Old (image via Diageo)

“The finish is very elegant and sweet, and with a slight smoky, ginger spice aftertaste. It is something you do not often find; truly once in a lifetime, and it’s been an honour to be a part of this series that captures the perfection that only time can achieve.”

As it stands now plans call for this 53 year old to be presented in a crystal decanter and housed in a wooden presentation case, the latter of which includes a piece of the original cask incorporated into the design. Part of a new series known as the Paragon of Time Collection it is, of course, extremely expensive at £26,400 (around $32,500 USD). Limited official tasting notes suggest it is “fragrant, exotic, complex and totally delicious. Long maturation in the right cask develops unique flavours which only time can manifest.”