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Overall rating
88.44/100
votes
48
Whiskybase ID
166365
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Single Malt Circle (MC)
Vintage
18.03.2003
Bottled
22.05.2020
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
First Fill Sherry Cask
Casknumber
1089
Number of bottles
313
Strength
55.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
28 Sep 2020 10:55 pm by whiskynews
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 157.79

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48 × member ratings

82 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macduff 2003 MC

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.44 points

  1. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A sherry-dominated whisky, not quite as fine as the old couvreurs but absolutely recommendable for sherry fans. A scotch for evenings by the fireplace
    • Nose
      92 92
      Fat, heavy and oily it penetrates the nose. Dates, prunes wrapped in bacon, but also tar and used oil. Very heavy, dominant nose. Definitely special. Amarena cherries, marzipan and dark chocolate complete the overall picture.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Old balsamic vinegar runs down the tongue, blackberries and forest honey. Very exciting and, despite the 55.5%, not aggressive in the mouth.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, pleasant oily finish, the sherry barrels are clearly noticeable everywhere.

      It goes in the direction of the old couvreurs, if not so fine and balanced and elegant but definitely a top drop

  2. SteveW110 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    (Tried blind)
    The nose is acidic and somewhat bitter.
    In terms of taste, I anticipate it, is unfortunately terrible. Current base rating is 91.64 P. ???
    I've appreciated Maggie's bottlings for years, but that's nothing!
    Lots of acidity, dry red wine aromas (I don't know where from) ammonia, tar, very rough and spicy.
    It shook me ...
    Estimated age under 10 years

    After the breakup, I couldn't believe it!
    Malt tipped away

  3. Ninofdram scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Amaliana scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Leather, tar, used oil paired with plum jam and dark chocolate

    Another masterpiece picked by the incredible Maggie Miller

  5. Fudschafudscha scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    didn't expect SteveW110 to be this right, but I just can add that this is a big fail. Fanboys of SSMC which I was, too, would probably not give such a bad rating as I do now, but this is completely out of balance and kinda sulphur spoiled (like the SSMC Glenrothes was, too) and/or quite acidic.

  6. Samwise2020 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Odinson scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. denise61929 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. wbarchive_721011 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    A very first impression:
    Dark fruity sherry notes with ripe plums and plums, it comes across as old and dignified without being musty, herbal notes come up, nutty, slightly cinnamon, not overly sweet, rather dry, alcohol is well integrated and carries the aroma load without attracting negative attention. Interplay of flavors, he looks older than his 17 years. From the nose to the taste to the finish, consistently positive, consistently coherent and harmonious without looking smooth, varied. I don't find any sulfur notes, but I'm probably not particularly keen on them.
    For me so far the Malt 2020 with 91-92 pts.

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