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Macduff 21yo, 1992/2013, Old Particular, DL9905, 41.9%

Here known as Macduff, this same distillery is also known as Glen Deveron (its original name) and bears that name for the purposes of its travel retail bottles. Neither is Macduff located in Dufftown for that matter, it is in fact close by the sea, where the Deveron meets salt water. The ‘Duff’ probably comes from being built (1962, young!) on the site of the garden of Duff House, previously owned by the Duffs.

(picture credit – http://www.scotchwhisky.net)

In the stillhouse, things are a little different. There are 5 stills – 2 wash and 3 spirit stills. The 3rd spirit still was added in 1990. Additionally, the lyne arms of the stills have a kink and then lead out to unusual horizontal condensers, which are in turn equiped with mini after-cooling condensers. All this was done to increase the effect of copper on the distillate, could it be that the 3rd spirit still was also added to enhance copper action during distillation?

MacduffStills

 

(Photo credit – Steve Prentice)

Macduff 9905

 

(Commercial image)

Ok about that low abv, was it cut? The bottle says ‘Natural Cask Strength’ and Douglas Laing bottles at 51.5% for ‘non-rare’ whiskies aged 19 or older. If indeed uncut, it’s at that zone I feel a little uneasy about. Was it bottled because it’s ready or because the strength was somehow falling too fast.

Nose  Nose: Ok a little shy, and it is already at 41.6%. No water. Lemon-lime and teaspoons of clean clear sweet spices: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, plus white pepper. Ex-bourbon barrel then. Heavily buttered toast and malt. More acetone and unripe green fruit. Pleasant but not very exciting at all.

Taste  Palette: Again rather light bodied, with just the tiniest pinch of sweetness. White tea and a tangy fruit infusion. The kind that comes with a fancy name to avoid describing its contents. Some cream plus much more ginger, pear drops, and maltiness. Getting quite lemon pith-y, and tangy sour by the moment.

Finish  Finish: More short than medium. Malty and tangy sour.

Score65

 

Ok it’s not bad whisky in the sense of having any off notes, it’s just rather simple and unexciting, and 21 years too..  Must have been a rather inactive and leaky cask. Clearly the bottom line won out over judgement this time.

 

 

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