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Macduff 2000-2013, Connoisseurs Choice, Gordon & Macphail, 46% abv.

 

Macduff 2000-2013, Connoisseurs Choice, Gordon & Macphail, 46% abv.

According to the back label, "Macduff Distillery was established in the early 1960s, by a consortium of Glasgow-based whisky brokers and businessmen. The official bottlings are branded as 'Glen Deveron'". This bottling was interestingly aged in refill Sherry hogsheads.

Nose: light white wine, smoke, cinnamon, smoked citrus, bbq or smoked salted ham. At a distance it's some fruit, resembling peaches.

Palate: initially its light and like cheap white wine, mid palate is sharp, slightly smokey, quite vegetative, transforms to a back palate of wood and shrubbery, quite viney, rush of light spice. Where's the sherry?

Finish: short to medium, viney, nothing much going on.

Reminds me of an extremely immature old tropical bowmore bottling. Has those hints of weird tropical fruit in the nose and palate, but upon tasting, it's more along the lines of vines, wood, and other types of young vegetation. The nose is quite interesting, although unstable, and the finish was lacking. Honestly, I want to say its complex, but not enough evidence in the tasting. It's not bad though, but a little weird considering it was matured in a refill sherry cask. Had this at Abyss, Seoul, South Korea.

Grade: C

Whisky advocate, Gavin Smith, 87 points

 

Image courtesy of Eric Yee.

  

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