Singleton Whisky - it’s almost as if they’ve taken Singapore by storm in the past year. Finding spots in the shelves of celebrated alcohol retailers (no pun intended) and even local supermarkets such as Cold Storage and Giant, Singleton has established themselves as a staple in the Singaporean home. Regardless of their origin and rise to power, Singleton is sure of one thing - they're here to stay.
Hailing from Dufftown, Speyside in the United Kingdom, Singleton's Dufftown distillery was first established in 1895 by the blending firm of Mackenzie & Co. Since its establishment, the Dufftown distillery has been producing a delightfully nutty and spicy variant of single malt scotch, while its two brothers, the Glen Ord of Black Isle and the Glendullan of Speyside provide an assortment of different flavours while portraying the distinct tastes of the Singleton family. Scotch whiskies of the Speyside region are renowned for hints of citrus and pear drops - while whiskies from the Glendullan region feature flavours of green apple, honey, and vanilla.
That’s fine and dandy, but how exactly are the Singleton whiskies similar? The three Singletons feature a firm profile with a balanced sweetness that benefits from a splash of water to open flavours of the orchard - apricots, raspberries, apples, and dates. Aged in American or European oak hogshead barrels for 12, 15, or 18 years, the quintessential Singleton is primarily strong and oaky.
The Singleton most commonly found in Singapore today is the Singleton of Dufftown 12, 15, and 18 year-olds. However, this was not originally the case when the brand was obtained by British beverage company Diageo. The Singleton of Glen Ord was first developed for the Asia market, while the Singleton of Glendullan and the Singleton of Dufftown were developed for America and Europe respectively. This has since changed, and now all 3 variants are available globally to establish Diageo’s presence into the single malt industry.
While mostly maintaining a decent following in Singapore, Singleton’s popularity started booming with the introduction of a limited edition Game of Thrones Single Malt Whiskey collection. Riding on the hype train brought about by possibly the largest television production in history, Diageo announced the release of a collectable whiskey set with each of the 8 major Houses and factions from the series being represented by a whiskey that bears traits unique to the House.
The mighty House Stark is represented by the Dalwhinnie Winter's Frost, brewed in one of the coldest and most remote distilleries in Scotland. House Targaryen, headed by Daenerys Targaryen, is portrayed by the Cardhu Gold Reserve, which hails from the Cardhu Distillery pioneered by Helen Cumming and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth in the 1800s when the whiskey industry was male-dominated.
The Singleton of Glendullan represents House Tully, the Lords of the Riverlands. Both the seat of House Tully, Riverrun, and the Singleton Glendullan Select distillery sit on the banks of rivers - Riverrun sits on the Red Fork of the river Trident while the Glendullan Distillery is powered by the currents of the great River Fiddich in the hills of Dufftown. Both the Tullys and Singleton brand share a freshwater fish on their sigils - a trout for House Tully and a leaping salmon for the Singleton logo. The similarities are simply uncanny - HBO simply couldn't have found a better whiskey to portray House Tully in this collection.
The Singleton trio is an ideal entry point for beginners looking to experience the subtle nuances between whiskies that are similar, yet distinct. Boasting an affordable price tag and a palatable profile, Singleton of Dufftown 12 year old single malt, Singleton of Dufftown 15 years old single malt and Singleton of Dufftown 18 year old single malt are exceptional options to consider both for yourself and as gift options.