Singleton Malt Master’s Selection

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You’ll have noticed we’re not the best at time keeping here at EWB. Meeting us for a pint at 7pm? We’ll be there at half past. Tasting starts at 8pm sharp? We’ll nonchalantly rock up at 8:05pm. Whisky festival begins at midday? See you at one-ish.

In my defence, my most recent fashionably-late-to-the-party appearance is courtesy of Ryanair; thanks for cancelling my flight back from Poland, Mr O’Leary, and leaving me stranded in Eastern Europe for another 48 hours. Hence why you’ll have seen a lot of Singleton love on social media last week during the #Singleton #WhiskyFlashBlog organised by Steve over at The Whisky Wire but none of it from EWB. It’s not that I don’t like Singleton, it’s more that my sample was waiting patiently in Edinburgh, as I was waiting impatiently for a flight back to the UK from Warsaw.

Nevertheless, in true EWB fashion, here’s our better-late-than-never review of Singleton Malt Master’s Selection. The whisky is matured in a combination of refill casks, bourbon casks and sherry casks and has been designed with a clear focus on the ‘new’ whisky drinker. Whilst some old quirks of The Singleton brand have remained – the flat bottle, the green glass and the lovely Singleton font on the label – the Malt Master’s Selection is positioned as an entry level whisky (RRP of £30) with a plethora of ‘signature serves’ to entice people to mix it with all sorts of other ingredients. Here’s my take on the neat liquid.

Singleton Malt Master’s Selection
Dufftown Distillery
NAS
40% ABV
£26 here

Nose: A malty, almost doughy backbone is surrounded by muscovado sugar, toffee, perfumed/floral honey and faint raisins. There’s some orchard fruits too – apples and pears.

Palate: Bready, or even cake mix-y, to begin with. Then there’s pear skin, cooked apples, orange blossom, raisins again and some baking spice. Very light on the palate.

Finish: A gentle oaky spice (ginger?) with some chocolate-y sweetness.

Overall: Given the low price point, I didn’t set my standards too high. It was never going to be a whisky which knocked my socks off, but I can certainly see people giving this a go given the relatively small outlay for a bottle. The flavours are quite well integrated, and it will no doubt provide a good base for a cocktail (I imagine this will sit very nicely in a highball serve for example). It’s rather sessionable and I suppose that’s where it’s being positioned – get a few mates round, open the bottle and throw away the cork. A few cocktails later and you’ll be in the middle of a great night in with friends.

 

 

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