Dufftown 26 year old 53.8%
The nose has a light re-fill sherry character to it with mature honey, hickory and wood spices. It’s quite pleasant by Dufftown standards but there is no getting away from the expected slightly earthy-murky note often associated with this distillery. The palate opens with that almost re-fill sherry note along with some brittle barley and honey. Like the nose the ‘distillery character’ asserts itself with a tart sharpness and after the alcohol passes it leaves a distinctly metallic note behind.
A drop of water brings out a slight linseed/ turpentine note. On the palate, like the nose has become oilier with a briefly sugared light engine oil character. It is a classic down and dirty Dufftown, with a hard, quite woody finish. I actually quite enjoyed it in a masochistic kind of way.
Notes from Chris
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