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Vendor: Douglas Laing

Macduff 1997-2023 | 25 Year Old Douglas Laing XOP Single Cask DL17100

Regular price £405.00
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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Macduff 2007-2024 | 16 Year Old Signatory Vintage Exceptional Cask 100 Proof Edition 3

Regular price £70.00
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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Macduff 2009-2023 | 13 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

Regular price £73.00
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Vendor: Brave New Spirits (Milroys)

Macduff 2011-2022 | 10 Year Old | Cask Noir Single Cask #900352

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Vendor: Dram Mor

Macduff 2012-2022 | 9 Year Old Dram Mor Single Cask 900047

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Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

Macduff 2009-2021 | 12 Year Old Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 700443

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Vendor: Douglas Laing

Macduff 2007-2020 | 13 Year Old | Old Particular | Single Cask DL14263

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Vendor: Duncan Taylor

Macduff 2008-2021 | 12 Year Old Duncan Taylor Cask 5829743

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Macduff was built with blending in mind and that mindset has never changed. It is a distillery that seems to arouse neither passion nor hatred amongst whisky lovers, only mass indifference. The reason for this is that the spirit is essentially flawless, classically Speyside in style, sweet, malty, floral, slightly spicy and with a little smoke. I don't remember ever trying a bad one and I don't remember any making the earth move or blowing my mind either and that is probably Macduff's problem, consistent 'okayness'.

Founded: 1962
Stills: 2 Wash 3 Spirit
Water Source: Various Local Sources
Capacity: 2.4 Million Litres
Owners: Bacardi

In terms of production, it was built just as the era of modernity and change was taking hold of the industry so there have never really been any old school Macduffs bottled because they were never distilled. It has been relatively the same whisky since 1962, good for blending but not interesting for malt drinkers.

There are many bottlings of it as it is readily available for buying and exchanging within the industry. The majority of these bottlings have been independent examples, some of which are excellent. There have been some aged expressions which are textbook examples of good, clean, well-aged Speyside whisky. Some examples out of sherry casks are particularly good, Macduff seems to take well to heavy sherry aging. However, it becomes less about the actual distillate and more a vehicle to highlight the quality of the wood/specific cask in these instances.

The problem is that it is not a particularly soulful, entertaining or inspiring whisky, although it is well worth trying it for yourself and seeing what you find, if you enjoy technical and well-controlled drams this might be a revelation. As a summer dram with ice or in a cocktail it can also work wonders, seeing as there is a lot of it, it is a whisky you can afford not to be too precious about and just simply enjoy/quaff with chums.