Macduff 1995/2014 Signatory Vintage

Chalky Banana

Macduff, one of those distilleries that is ashamed of its own name. The majority of their produce ends up in the William Lawson blends, the rest is released as ‘Glen Deveron’ or now even as ‘The Deveron’. Admittedly thus far I only had the pleasure of trying one of their whiskies. The pleasure? Actually not I remember buying a bottle at the Aberfeldy distillery and the enormous disappointment that followed. But I’ll never judge the parent by the quality of just one of their children,… Ok that came out wrong. Without further ado here is Macduff….

macduffDescription: distilled in 1995 and matured for 19 years in a bourbon hogshead #7870 and bottled at 55.3% ABV by indy bottler at Signatory Vintage for their cask strength collection.

Nose: a creamy vanilla banana with a chalky touch,… honestly that is it.

Mouth: oily and medium bodied, with a palate like a high alcoholic sauternes wine with a generous dash of rough grind black pepper. Initially a whiff of strawberry, dried figs, cardamom, followed by more cereal based notes, maybe some oatmeal with demerara sugar?

Finish: bitter and dry but with a fair glow to the chest. Cereal with a drop of honey.

The Verdict: pretty tasty dram that has a lot riding on the palate. I do not think this would have benefitted from a watered down treatment, this should always have been served as a cask strength.

Score: 84

Nose: 19

Taste: 22
Finish: 21 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house