#LastGreatMalts - Macduff Distillery

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a Press Trip round the 5 John Dewar & Sons distilleries for their Last Great Malts tour, which i just could not refuse, and I was lucky enough to attend this trip last week.

There are 5 distilleries to go through so i'm going to do them as individual posts to be a bit more informative and as there would be a huge amount of tasting notes to accompany them.

First on the list, after arriving in Aberdeen, was Macduff distillery, which is commonly bottled under the name Glen Deveron (this is changing to The Deveron shortly) and the name is not Macduff due to one or two other claims on the name.

Macduff
MacDuff Distillery

First up was a little get to know you session with some chat and a tasting of the Work in progress 12 year old, followed by a tour then a taste of the 18 year old work in progress (notes for both, below).

My experience of this distillery previously has been that they nose fantastically well but that there isnt much to the palate, and although i still think the palate on this 12 is a bit watery, the 18 is quite a lovely dram and has a lovely edge of spice.

A wee random fact about Macduff distillery is that the condensers on the wash stills are horizontal (see below) yet the ones on the spirit stills are vertical (as per the norm), thought to produce a lighter spirit.

Overall i love the nose on The Deveron's light, toffee'd and sweet with hints of fruit but the palate needs to have a bit more throughout the range, maybe at cask strength, or nearer, it would be more to my palate, but they are cracking drams and worth trying for those looking for something lighter and less hard work.

GWF 2014
The unusual horizontal Condensers on the wash stills

Next up in this series will be Aultmore distillery, later in the week


The Deveron 12 Year Old (work in progress)

The Deveron A work in progress 12 year old dram from Macduff distillery, this dram is not scheduled for release and may never see the light of day, but it's a pretty decent drinker in my opinion.

Tasted during a tour of the distillery and tasting.

Always been a bit of hassle for them to use the macduff name so have previously been bottled as Glen Deveron and will in the future be bottled as The Deveron.

 

Light fruity and sweet with a floral note hints of malt loaf and digestive biscuits with barley sugars and some sea salt crisps

Sweet toffee and barley sugar with floral gums and hints of digestive biscuits

Sweet floral gums

Bottle Name: The Deveron 12 Year Old (work in progress)
Age: 12
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: MacDuff
Bottler: The Deveron
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


The Deveron 18 Year Old (work in progress)

The Deveron Yet another work in progress this is the 18 year old dram from Macduff distillery, and this one is likely to be bottled..

Tasted during a tour of the distillery and tasting.

Really enjoyed this dram, something very fresh and fruity about it with oodles of light oak spices

 

Light oak wood with toffee pennies and barley sugar sweets with light fresh fruit salad

Light cedarwood and balsa wood notes with barley and hints of ginger

Light fresh ginger and balsa wood

Bottle Name: The Deveron 18 Year Old (work in progress)
Age: 18
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: MacDuff
Bottler: The Deveron
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Please Select


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