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Whisky Reviews for Macduff 1989 CA
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.83 points
- Pears, apples, dry hay
- Old and rich.
Almonds, praline, damp earth, and hints of whole kiwis.
Very herbal, sage, basil and thyme mixing with faint red cherries and slightly medicinal notes.
Long. Lingering creamy notes with traces of spice and liquorice and continued medicinal hints.
First up is Jenna, who pits a currently available Cadenhead Authentic Collection bottling against a Small Batch presentation from Cameron. Jenna’s first whisky love was with Islay, but she’s now partial to a Highland malt. From a refill sherry butt, she describes this as 'a deliciously rich & fresh nose with a long finish’, and a great example of the Highland style.
N: It’s another one of those sherry butts that tastes like bourbon, and a straight forward fruity number with leathery dunnage-y honeyed hessian. No arguments here.
T: A little peppery heat to start, but takes water very easily. It does also work neat however. A classic aged dram, one we’ve all [hopefully] had a number of times, and appreciated.
F: Very competent straight-ahead finish though still with some heat.
C: A fair starter, though the problem is the peppery heat. Shame, as the rest is just fine. Ooh, I had this before [Blog], and with the same score.
Scores a C+
N: After that tricksy Invergordon we don’t know where we are! What’s next? I’m guessing we’re back to single malt [refill cask], that’s clear, but with a [Sauternes] wine finish? PX? There’s all sorts of soft funk going on here, a malt displaying an array of vinegars, bitters, herbs,...... got it - Chacha! [Blog] This to me is clearly another old/youthful one [like the Rosebank blog], so we are talking of a spirit fabulously long aged [+/-30yo?], in a well used cask. Mature old-skool Glenmorangie?
T: With a fizzy, strong and peppery start it soon settles down, again much like a light & dependable Glenmorangie. [It’s not going to be Glenmorangie].
F: There’s a butyric note after a spirity>woody build.
C: I got the age right at least. Not sure anyone guessed or would guess Macduff. Cask-wise, this is another example of a malt from a refill sherry butt that appears more like straight bourbon maturation.
Scores a C+