Macduff 1989 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
29 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 may 2018 3:29 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 229.50

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39 × member ratings

52 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Macduff 1989 CA

6 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.73 points.

  1. Jour.Ray did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The initial price was about 170€

  2. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    The oldest Macduff I've ever received.
    The refill sherry cask is tasty, but not overly dominant
    Slightly dry sherry influence, maybe Oloroso or Amontillado.
    Red berries vanilla toffee, cinnamon, caramel, light raisins and sultanas.
    Becomes drier over time.
    Medium to long finish.
    Very elegant and fine.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Pears, apples, dry hay
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Allandale scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Old and rich.
    • Nose
      Almonds, praline, damp earth, and hints of whole kiwis.
    • Taste
      Very herbal, sage, basil and thyme mixing with faint red cherries and slightly medicinal notes.
    • Finish
      Long. Lingering creamy notes with traces of spice and liquorice and continued medicinal hints.

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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+

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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+


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