Macduff 1980 MoS

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Calculated age
30 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
54.1 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
11 may 2011 9:13 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 272.50

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Whisky reviews for Macduff 1980 MoS

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.83 points.

  1. Wipneus55 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    It is a marvolous whisky, a nice nose and a better taste.

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tropical fruits mint caramel marzipan, really nice

  3. Rom scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Expressive nose with tangerine, clove, elderberry, lemongrass and marzipan. You immediately feel the wood attack and a little menthol, then light caramel and a hint of pepper. On the whole the mouth is well marked by spices. Tannic finish with a meaty side and a sensation of mint freshness. It has supported his long stay in cask, complex and interesting.

  4. Rino Rotten did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Macduff really shines on the palate, with luscious fruits and a balanced minty freshness. Easy to see why this bottler picked up so much attention back then.

    Score: 90/100

    • Nose
      A rather classic ex-bourbon profile, with hints of stewed fruits, pears, bananas, apricots and maybe pineapple. Mint and soft herbs bring lots of freshness to the table. Honey. Hints of freshly sawn oak and earth.
    • Taste
      Same profile, very creamy fruity notes, think apricots, pineapples, pink grapefruits, melons, a hint of tangerine and oranges. Rather tropical, with nice waxy notes and mint. Reminds me of Caperdonich 1972, though perhaps a little exuberant.
    • Finish
      Long, still really fruity, with fresh oak, cinnamon and mint.

  5. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Grain, lemon, melon, peach, floral honey, vanilla, banana, pineapple, pear, red apple, white grapes, mango and brown sugar.
    • Taste
      Honey, little chilli, lemon zest, melon, peach, mango, apple, pineapple, white grapes, almonds, licorice, sawdust, brown sugar and green garden herbs.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, honey, melon, mango, peach, apple, dash of chilli, oak, white grapes, liquorice, almonds and green garden herbs.

  6. goran scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    From Whiskyfun:

    Macduff 30 yo 1980/2011 (54.1%, Malts of Scotland, bourbon hogshead, cask #6107, 175 bottles) Colour: gold. Nose: this one has lost the phenolic side, but it probably got more elegant, refined, better 'chiselled' I'd say. The chlorophyll is well there, together with several dried herbs (teas) and touches of earth and leaves. But I hear you, is there any mint? Yes there is, even if it's more spearmint than peppermint here (S., you nitpicker!) Other than that, not too ripe bananas and just touches of coconut and cinnamon. Maybe a little tinned pineapple too? Ah, topical fruits, another marker of Macduff? Mouth: this is funny, we're giving almost the same palate as the 1965's! Seriously, I'm having a hard time finding nuances. Maybe a little more pineapples? But that may well be my nose playing tricks on me. And more oranges? What's sure is that it's excellent. Finish: long, fruity, beautifully nervous at 30yo. Blood oranges and cinnamon (a little) in the aftertaste. Comments: lovely, and for once I liked the palate better than the nose. Impossible to say whether it's better or worse than the 1965. Same high quality and same profile, with a few differences on the nose.SGP:562 - 90 points.

  7. stf_92 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A real dessert all by itself!

  8. Volanne scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    OK, I fall for it every time, but what can I say... I just fancy these sexy old Speysiders. And even if I'm said it's not a Speysider, and even if I'm said it's not old, I will still love this one.

    Tasted blind for WDTS:
    • Nose
      Lot's of (good) oak (some virgin one?). Spicy and oaky, with lots of crystalized fruits. And after a while, some slight herbal notes. Quite spectacular, and quite to my liking.
    • Taste
      Thick and luscious like only old Speysiders can be, with this gorgeous mix of sweet honey and ripe fruits perfectly sustained by the right ABV (53% ?).
    • Finish
      Slightly drying, with a nice exotic aftertaste.

  9. j j scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    n: pineapple, melon, fruitbasket, wonderfull fruity nose.

    t: almonds, fruits are back.

    f: long and lingering, we want more.......

  10. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N: grape fruits, peach, dusty and great bourbon fruits
    T: yellow fruits and even exotic fruits
    F: oily, vanilla and pepper
    tasted with Aby and J J

  11. MaltMartin scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I first tasted this Macduff in 2011 when it was just relaesed . I re-tasted it in 2015 at the FOTB when a hidden bottle of this baby was found back at Van Zuylen. No change of rate necessary! Beautiful whisky from (still) not a well known distillery.
    • Nose
      Lots of tropical sweetness of pineapple, mango and papaya.. Fruitbowl! Some leafy and earthy note as well. Honey and vanilla later on. Candy stick.
    • Taste
      Very juicy and waxy. Toasted oak. Baked bananas and coconut followed by menthol notes. Orange marmelade. Coriander. Long flavour development. Complex. Superb!
    • Finish
      Quite long. Cinnamon. Liquorice. A little pepper. Pine at the end. It's all very well balanced.

  12. Dr.Nose scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A nice combination of taste and smell. (By the way my review after a blind tasting).
    • Nose
      Fresh, sweet and fruity. Also somewhat creme brulee...This one reminds me of an old Lowlander (Littlemill?!). The smell is lovely and subtle.
    • Taste
      Warm, spicy (peppery), sweet and dry.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy again.

  13. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in blind under the WDTS
    • Nose
      honey, vanilla, lemon pie, shortbread biscuit
    • Taste
      sweet and very astringent at first contact. Chewing gum with peach.
    • Finish
      long finish on sweet almond


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