You would be forgiven if Macduff is not a name on the tip of your tongue, this distillery was founded quite recently in the terms of distillery history, founded in 1962 by Marty Dyke, George Crawford and Brodie Hepburn the distillery first produced spirit in 1963.
Today the distillery is owned by John Dewar and Son ( Bacardi ) and has a capacity of around 3.3 million litres of alcohol per year from its 2 wash stills and 3 spirit stills.
Whisky from this distillery is generally released under the name of Glen Deveron but has also had releases under Royal Burgh, most of the whisky is blended into the William Lawson blend which a few years ago recorded a 75% increase in sales with sales hitting 34 million bottles sold.
Todays review is another single cask bottling from Yorkshire based independent bottlers Claxton’s, based in Ripon near York the independent bottlers have seen the company grow from a few casks released in the first year to around 30 in just a few short years after the first release..
This Macduff 14yo single cask is bottled at a cask strength of 55.9% abv, boasting an age statement of 14years this expression hails from one single sherry butt and has an outturn of 632 bottles.
Nose.. Dried fruits lead the way with some fresh plum, cherries and candied orange showing up before coffee, chocolate orange and dried tobacco leaf have a say.
Palate.. A slight citrus bitterness leads into dried fruit with some sweetness from natural sugars and honey notes, cinnamon and a touch of ginger root gives this a spicy kick along with a touch of chocolate to round it off.
Finish.. Drying with plenty of spice.
Thoughts.. This is a rather enjoyable release from Claxtons, offering plenty of aromas and enjoyable flavours.
In a time when quality is often brought into question as well as value for money Claxtons do seem to be offering both ! Adrian who is the face and voice of Claxtons is certainly passionate about this subject and feels that the company will easily pass a cask by if there is the slightest doubt over the profile.
So with that said I know whenever I purchase a bottle or receive a sample bearing the Claxton’s name I can be fairly certain I’m getting both value and quality in my bottle.
Macduff 14yo single cask from Claxton’s.