I had the privilege of being invited to a special sit down with a few whisky connoisseurs at Langtons a little while back to try the ten 2019 special releases from Diageo. While this here Singleton 14 was the first one to be sampled, in my opinion it was the best bang for buck. Sure we tried some other really special limited edition ones, including the Caol Ila 35 year old or the Caresbridge rare 48-year-old on the night too, but at less than $200 a bottle the Singleton had the flavour and profile of a real winner.
As a little background, the yearly Diageo Special Releases are a hand-selected range of some of the rarest and oldest cask-strength bottlings from a number of distilleries, some either relatively unknown or maybe mothballed even.
Thanks to @the _insta_husband for the invite and @whiskyholic for the push to get a bottle post tasting. So glad I did, and with a cheeky ebay voucher got it for less than $150 AUD so value just went up in my opinion.
This dram is a bit of complex one, being the product of a five cask maturation across 14years. The make up of casks was a start in ex-sherry European oak and ex-bourbon refill American oak before moving on to ex-Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel casks. Then for good measure it was married in European oak puncheons before finally being bottled at a cask strength 57.6% ABV.
The result is a mix between a Glenfiddich 21 on the nose, Glenmorangie Signet to the taste and a finish that brings a solid sweetness like a Balvenie 15. The characters are made up of soft pears, nutty apple crumble, milk chocolate, muscatels, caramel and rich gooey toffee to the end. If you’ve had any Singletons in the past, this this one here is really quite different and very, very moreish. A second bottle may need to be acquired before it’s gone.