Marvellous creamy 17 year old single malt here from Singleton of Dufftown, bottled up for Diageo's 2020 Special Releases. Matured exclusively in refill American oak hogsheads, you can expect layers of runny honey, floral malt, cream soda and vanilla pod earthiness from this expression...
Like a relaxed orchard on a summer day, the nose offers wildflowers, fresh pears, crisp apples, honey and hay. There's an earthiness too, which grounds things nicely.
Smooth and creamy, like shea butter and beeswax. There's more honey here, plus milk chocolate, vanilla custard over apple crumble, and hints of raspberries. The body is breezily light without feeling flimsy.
Long and surprisingly warming after the gentle palate - soft chilli comes through to liven things up slightly.