The brother release to the Sunray, this whisky is also named after a type of lure used by fishermen in the waters of the Spey. Until recently, Dufftown was not seen often in a distillery bottling single malt, with something like 98% of the distillery’s output going into blends. Luckily in 2014, this whisky was launched alongside Sunray. Tailfire is the more intense dram of the two, having been aged mostly in European sherry casks, creating a dram laden with fruit and spice. On the nose this whisky has aromas of red berries: cranberries, raspberries and grapes, sugared citrus, orchard fruits, tobacco smoke and cream. The palate is thick with vanilla custard, prunes, oatmeal chocolate cookies, red berries and peppery spice. The finish is drying and medium in length, with more woodspice and a little dried fig. A jammy whisky indeed! Tailfire was awarded a gold medal from the International Spirits Challenge, and silver medals in both the Scotch Whisky Masters and the International Wine & Spirits Competition when it was released in 2014.