Macduff 14yo Sherry Butt bottled by Claxton’s

door | november 11, 2020

Working towards the weekend seems to be a great time for another Claxton’s sample review. Of course I’m not tasting the whisky while I’m working but it’s very nice to sit down with a fine dram after a busy day at work don’t you think? Today it’s a 14yo Macduff that has been poured into my glencairn. 

The name Macduff on a whiskybottle usually can be found on independently bottled whisky’s. The distillery is however known for official bottlings as well. (Glen) Deveron whisky is distilled at this distillery. It was founded in 1962 and is currently owned by the Bacardi company. John Dewar & Sons is in charge of the distillery. 

In my early whisky years I had a bottle of a 10yo Glen Deveron in my collection. Oh well, it wasn’t a real collection back then I guess. It was the Glen Deveron, a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and a Johnnie Walker Black Label at the most. I sure wasn’t into nosing and tasting back then. A lot has changed since… Right, let’s have a go.

This Macduff whisky was distilled in march 2003. A sherry butt with casknumber 1834-900022 was filled with the spirit and after maturing for 14 years the whisy was bottled by Claxton’s. As always without chill filtering or coloring. The whisky was bottled at caskstrength with an ABV of 55,9%.

  • Nose: Ripe apple, caramel, maltsugar, almonds, later some sultanas as well
  • Taste: Smooth arrival. Immediately thers is the apple again, now with a thin layer of cinnamon spicyness. 
  • Finish: The sweet apple and a hint of roasted almonds give this whisky a nice and lasting finish.

This is not “your usual sherry bomb”. Not the overpowering sherry influence you would expect from an Oloroso or a Pedro Ximinez butt. This is a different kind of sherry, Fino sherry maybe? my ratings for this on? I’d give it a well deserved 85 points.

Adrian Hoose, thanks again for sending this very nice sample!

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