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Macduff 30 Year Old Malts of Scotland


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

12th Aug 2011


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Over the last few months, I’ve learned to appreciate the Macduff distillery and it’s whisky. Apart from the somewhat mediocre entry malt Glen Deveron 10 Year Old (recently repackaged and joined by a 15 Year Old), I enjoyed the Macduff 1984 for Thosop and the fantastic Macduff 2000 for The Bonding Dram Belgium (which I helped select, by the way). So the expectations for this 30 Year Old single cask are high. Now let’s hope Malts of Scotland can deliver.

The nose is a little waxy with loads of white and yellow fruit. I primarily get banana, dipped in light honey, and melon. Cornflakes and toasted bread. The higher ABV doesn’t even burn. Good stuff!

Oh, the palate! Very sweet and creamy. Tropical fruit bow! Sangria! Pineapple and melon, slightly spicy with cloves. A bitter lining from the oak, not unexpected after thirty years, but totally not over the top or detracting, rather supporting. Oh, my, this is great.

The medium finish remains very fruity with the emphasis on the spices.

Yep, this Macduff is another beauty. This is the stuff they put in William Lawson’s? What a waste! This is an excellent single malt that, despite the hefty price of 140 EUR, is worth every penny. Let’s not forget that it has been matured for three decades. A top dram!

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