Macduff

Distillery Bottlings

Posted 15 November 2017

There’s a common belief that once bottled, whisky is completely inert. To some degree that’s true – certainly if your bottle is still sealed and stored in optimum conditions. However, once your bottle is open, it is likely to change slowly over time, especially if the level of oxygen in contact with the spirit is quite high. I.E. your bottle is fairly empty. This isn’t a continuation of maturation, that’s all done and dusted before you purchase your whisky, but it is both a reductive and oxidative process, both of which can markedly change the tenor and structure of your whisky over time.


Independent Bottlings

Scotch Malt Whisky Society


Posted 14 November 2019

Glen Deveron, The Deveron or Macduff – I’ve given up caring as the distillery doesn’t seem to what to stick to one of the other over its relatively short life span (founded in 1962). Regardless, this Society bottling (ergo Macduff) has been matured in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead for 12 years.

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Posted 06 February 2020

For the past few years, I’ve mainly seen STRs being used for quickly aging younger whiskies – but now we’re starting to see them as utilised for additional maturation. This Macduff has spent 12 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead and then been re-racked into a 1st fill STR barrique.

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That Boutique-y Whisky Company


Posted 17 December 2019

It’s little wonder that few outside of enthusiast circles have heard of Macduff Distillery. For starters, much of the site’s production goes into blended output – both for the recognisable Dewars, and also for the little known (in the UK at least), but apparently 6th bestselling Scotch in the world – William Lawsons – Russia’s largest imported spirit brand. Who’d have thunk it. But, the distillery’s general anonymity also stems from its preponderance for using different names – Macduff for independent bottlings, Glen Deveron for global travel retail and The Deveron for an OB age statement range. You’ve likely passed Glen Deveron on the shelves within many airports – you’d be forgiven for walking on with a vague shrug of the shoulders.


Posted 03 December 2020

When I look over The Dramble annuls (now 1,136 reviews strong) there are a range of distilleries who have been under our spotlight more often than others. Musings and reviews on Bunnahabhain, Tobermory (largely Ledaig focussed) and Laphroaig account for a shy under 10% of our total review coverage. And that’s likely a fair reflection of my drinking preferences, as well as the concentration of the samples that have been provided to me for writing about. But these numbers are also a (rough) reflection of the output of distilleries that manifest themselves into current day OBs and IBs.  


Posted 20 December 2020

No Macduff for 10 months and then two come along in the space of a few weeks. Of all the distillates to double-down on for the 2020 Boutique-y Advent calendar, this one surprises me. Especially since it’s a mere year older than the Batch 10 we reviewed at the start of the month, and is a batch that preceded it. And indeed, if you’re looking for any musings on Macduff, smack the link above – I’m loathe to repeat myself in such short order.


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