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15 May 2021

The Singleton 38 Years old


By the time we hit publish, this limited quantity expression may have already been sold out in Malaysia. That's because Diageo only made 1,689 bottles of this 38 year old available worldwide with only 10% of this quantity (168, just in case...) made available in Malaysia.

It is a result of a 12-year old, which had a second maturation in a number of experimental casks of ex-Bourbon, Pedro Ximenez Oloroso Seasoned casks and brand new American Oak casks to mature further for over a quarter of a century. 

Diageo Malaysia graciously hosted us a tasting session at the Whisky Cove, Pavilion Hotel KL, with our host Mr Chong in attendance via Zoom, courtesy of the new social event standards.

The session opened with a 21 years and 25 years, leading to the main event of the 38 years.

Official notes of the 38:

Bottled at cask strength at 49.6%ABV, the immediate top notes are rich, fruity and sweet, with aromas of red apple, mango, pineapple and candied citrus fruits. These fruity tones are soon succeeded by almond oil and vanilla pod, and later vanilla fudge, on a base of sandalwood. A drop of water opens the nose a little, while keeping the same profile. At natural strength, a thick, creamy texture and a vibrant, sweet start in which rich opening notes of fudge lead smoothly into a lightly spicy, intense and fruity taste suggesting cinnamon-spiced baked apple, drying gently into an autumnal peppery warmth that envelopes the palate. 

For those interested to purchase this rare single malt Scotch whisky, you can try contacting Moet Hennessy Diageo Malaysia at diageoinfo@mhdm.com.my.

-Jon