A single malt which matured for a few decades in a sherry cask is one of those luxurious experiences you saviour and store up for a special occasion. This 26 year old is a single cask bottling from the fairly unknown Macduff distillery and is full term matured in an ex-sherry cask.
The Macduff distillery is not a great looking distillery as you can see above. It was built in 1960 and is in Banff in the Highland region of Scotland.
The distillery has 5 stills and the spirit is said to have a nutty character. The reason why most people will not have heard of the distillery is because this Bacardi owned distillery does not use its own name on its bottles of single malt whisky. The branding currently being used is Glen Deveron or The Deveron which is being pushed into even the supermarket shelves in the UK.
The bottler of the dram is Ian Macleod owners of Glengoyne, Rosebank and Tamdhu distilleries under their Chieftain’s brand. It is a single sherry butt distilled in 1991 and bottled in June 2017 at 46% ABV. There were 730 bottles produced and some are still available at £165. Which isn’t bad value these days for huge a big age statement.
Colour – Marmalade
Nose – The main notes are oranges and cloves but there is a definite sulphur note as well.
Palate – Honey, coffee and rich alcohol soaked fruits are all in here although this definitely as a sulphured note to it.
Finish – The finish is long with lots of oak wood spice notes.
Lots of people out there will like an old fashioned whisky which has hints of sulphur. Sadly, I am not totally one of those people but I was able to enjoy the whisky either way as it wasn’t completely off putting.