Macduff 2012 SMWS 6.39

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
A belter of a dram!
Stated Age
07 years old
1st Fill Ex-Pedro Ximenez Butt Finish
Number of bottles
65.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 feb 2020 12:55 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 86.10

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Whisky reviews for Macduff 2012 SMWS 6.39

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.62 points.

  1. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  2. dehowie scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Balanced but massively full of flavour. Balanced strong Sherry influence with a long full finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sherry is immediately front and center with light rose aroma. Further nosing gives typical dark fruits, chocolate and cocoa. Lovely nose but be prepared to spend time as it has lots to offer.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Powerful arrival and development very rich with very rich dark fruits. Builds rapidly giving a mouth filling flavour bomb that those with less whisky experience may battle with. However for those with broad palettes a flavour bomb with a huge mouth feel.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long deep finish with only very light tannins leaves you licking your lips wanting more. Medium spice and all things nice..

  3. Gregers scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Hit or miss with this one, depending on how well you swing with sulphur notes - I don't.

    • Nose
      78 78
      Surprisingly light, first note is rose petals, then toffee, varnish, vanilla, slight leather, very little bit of dry herbs. Not picking up the sherry notes, really. Bubblegum. After tasting, sulphur comes out in the nose as well.
    • Taste
      68 68
      Massive alcohol bite, warm, peppery, good dose of cane sugar sweetness, some vanilla, oak, barley, starting to become bitter. Second chew unfortunately brings a massive punch of sulphur to the mix, and then a bit of brine. At this moment it's basically salty caramel with sulphur on top, I'm having trouble getting through the glass. Third chew is sulphur all over, very unpleasant. I'm not enjoying this at all.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Still fairly sweet, peppery, spicy oak, cane sugar, luckily the sulphur has faded away, but still it leaves nothing really spectacular behind, either. Not worth going through the sulphur battle to get here, at least.

  4. maltandgrains scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Immediately after pouring, this came out with a strong smell of paint thinner. After leaving it to settle, the PX cask comes out strong, with all the dried fruits and vanilla.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A very smooth entry makes way for the high ABV, but still nicely balanced sherry profile, with dried fruits and woody spices.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish - mostly wood spices and some toffee sweetness, followed by a little vanilla.

  5. Canucks89 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Fragrance: sweet. Weak vanilla. Sweet canned plums. Berry sugar, maybe strawberries. Hint ad herbal tea.
    Taste: Spicy. Perfumed fruit.
    Aftertaste: Long. Fruit ala pear, both sweet and slightly acidic.

    Very waxy in both taste and scent

  6. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Zorba scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: A fantastic deep amber colour was followed by an aroma which transported some of us to Jerez eating a slice of jamón Serrano next to a bowl of black olives, while others were in the Caribbean sipping rum and eating dark chocolate. Strong, powerful and fierce like flamenco with the feisty rhythm of percussion and guitar – a belter of a dram! With water we could sense the stomping of the dancer on the floor while the tune on the palate now more like a rumba – elegant and breathtakingly beautiful. After five years in an ex-oloroso butt we transferred this whisky into a first-fill PX Sherry butt.


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