Provenance: Highlands (Scozia)
Typology: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Sherry butt First Fill
Added coloring: No
Owner: Wilson & Morgan
Average price: € 72.00
Official website: www.wilsonandmorgan.com
Glen Deveron (or Macduff, when they take a tour outside the distillery) has been producing whisky for a relatively recent time, having been founded only in 1962, practically an infant by Scottish standards!
Founded under the name of Glen Deveron by Brodie Hepburn, George Crawford and Marty Dyke, production began the following year and expanded within a few years, attracting the attention of William Lawson Distillers who acquired the distillery in 1972.
In 1992 WL ended up in the Bacardi group, which decided to leave the management of Glen Deveron to John Dewar & Son.
The official name of the distillery is, of course, Glen Deveron, but when their whisky is bottled by the independents it becomes Macduff, just so as not to cause confusion (or add just a pinch).
This is the Italian bottler Wilson&Morgan’s version, made in 842 bottles from a single cask, at the classic British 100 proof strength, distilled in 2006 and bottled in late 2019.
Beautiful garnet in the glass.
Acrid and fleshy peat that tingles the nose together with tasty liquorice covered in caramel, sumptuous dates, dark chocolate, leather, Tuscan cigars, polished wood. Sour citrus beat. Muscular and pungent, nicely loaded and with little willingness to compromise.
The crispness of the bacon titillates the palate, while the whisky flows oily tingling with paprika spread over a chocolate-covered plum tart with burnt edges. Leather boots dirty with earth, toscanacci (not the junk mixed with aromas, just the rustic ones), liquorice, zolfanelli. There is no alcohol, they must have smoked it first.
The finish is long, citrusy, toasted, woody, meaty and dirty.
A rough, dirty, not very graceful but not unpleasant whisky, which goes down far too well thanks to an apt and balanced alcohol content. If you like Ledaig whiskies, you can’t miss this one, also because it has a (as always) catchy price.
Other bottlings in the blog:
Valinch & Mallet Macduff 14yo
Other bottlings from Wilson & Morgan in the blog:
Wilson & Morgan Ben Nevis 7yo (2013-2020)
Wilson & Morgan Bunnahabhain 2014
Wilson & Morgan Cameronbridge 33yo
Wilson & Morgan Glen Grant 25yo
Wilson & Morgan House Malt 2013-2018
Wilson & Morgan Ledaig 2008
Wilson & Morgan Tobermory 23yo