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Macduff is one of the few whisky distilleries that does not release whisky under their own name. They do market a rather mediocre Glen Deveron. If you want to taste great Macduff, you will need to focus your attention on independent bottlers. Today I will be trying a Macduff, bottled by The Whiskyman, meaning it is a single cask at cask strength.
The nose is sweet and nutty on hazelnut, coconut and freshly sawn wood. Some caramelized apple, blood oranges, a pinch of cloves and some woodsmoke. Fresh and crispy.
On the palate, this is all apple, quickly followed by spices and a bit waxy. A tad mineral too. It reminds me of graphite, as in a pencil. Slightly drying with a salty touch. Does not need any water.
The finish is surprisingly long and slightly bitter, on fruit cake.
It keeps surprising me how good Macduff actually can be. Especially if you consider that it is the signature malt in William Lawson’s, which I find to be less than mediocre. Weird.