The influence of the Refill Oloroso Sherry barrel comes to the front, while by no means being a sherry bomb. The nose shows grilled peach, raisins, caramel, cocoa nib, caramel and candied flowers. The palate continues the sherry influence with malt balls, sweet stone fruits, light brown sugar, golden raisin, and a earth note to finish the flavors out. D&M Tasting Notes
Distilled: October 2006. 224 bottles. Cask #101751 Refill Ex-Olorosso 53.4% ABV
What is in a name? When it comes to Macduff, or Glen Deveron, or William Lawson’s; it depends on time and ownership. The cornerstone for what would become Macduff was laid in 1958 with the first spirit being produced on the last day of June in 1960. In those waning days of the Eisenhower presidency, the distillery was called Glen Deveron Distillers Limited. It was founded by a trio of chaps: Brodie Hepburn (who was also involved with Deanston and Tullibardine), George Crawford and Marty Dyke. They sold their spirit under the name of the family who previously owned the land: the Duff family, thus Macduff. In 1972, William Lawson acquired the distillery. In the 1970s, blends were all the rage and Macduff was leaned on heavily for the component blends of William Lawson. Lawson managed the distillery until 1980, when the company was bought by Martini Rossi. Under Rossi’s direction, the distillery continued to expand, adding another still in 1990. In 1992, Rossi were bought by Bacardi, and the management of Macduff was transferred to John Dewar and Sons, under the Bacardi umbrella. It was during the early 1990s that DCL (that became Diageo) claimed ownership of the Macduff name, so the company chose to release their single malts as Glen Deveron while still keeping the name on the building Macduff. Confusing, isn’t it?
Macduff is one of only two distilleries in Scotland that has a total of five stills: two wash stills and three spirit stills. The other distillery that has this same anachronistic setup is a storied name in Scotch: Talisker, on the Isle of Skye. The wash stills each have a capacity of 20,000 liters and the spirit stills have a capacity of 12,500 liters. All the stills have a traditional Speyside shape, with wide spherical lids and tall, conical necks. In the modern day the distillery has a production capacity of 2.4 million liters, and draws it water from the Gelly burn, which is adjacent to the distillery’s site. The maltings are done by Bairds in the Speyside and are generally unpeated for the blends and occasionally very lightly peated for the single malts. Only 10% of the annual production is destined for single malt status, the vast majority is utilized by Dewar’s for their blends. All that to say that the bottling that we have for you this month is a pleasant rarity, a cask strength, single barrel sherried barrel, with the name of the building on the bottle.
Macduff 11 YR Exclusive Malts Bottling Single Malt Scotch
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