Macduff 21-year-old JM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
James MacArthur (JM)
Bottling serie
Fine Malt Selection
Stated Age
21 years old
55.5 % Vol.
750 ml
Old plain label, red and/or gold print
Added on
14 dec 2011 8:06 am
Cask Strength

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Whisky reviews for Macduff 21-year-old JM

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.92 points.

  1. bvrsky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  2. JNuyts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Taste wise this is really good, only the nose lets it down a little
    • Nose
      86 86
      There is a slightly cheesy aspect to the nose which reminds me of some Ardbegs and it is something I do not like but if you work at it there is some grapefruit, brine, green apple skins, a little polish and faint hints of mint leaves
    • Taste
      90 90
      Now then no cheese here but lashings of sweet peat mixed with various white fruits and biscuit.
      There is also a little honeycomb, and then some barley sugar notes mixed with light sponge cake.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, zesty and lip smacking

      With water the nose improves and the palate gets even sweeter, the quality shines through.

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Hidden gem. My review is from a 50ml mini. 
    • Nose
      Very good nose. Oily, waxy, yes things you would normally associate with taste, but you can smell them here. A hint of fruits
    • Taste
      Yes!! Fruity with a hint of smoke! Probably one of my favorite combinations. Brora anyone?!? I wouldn't call this very viscous but it does have a very good mouthfeel. I was right about the oily and waxy part though... Almost feels like a terrific old Clynelish. Vanilla. White grapes. Pear. With water, if you tell me this isn't Clynelish, I would seriously doubt my palate. Bourbon cask(s)?
    • Finish
      Not as good as the nose or palate. Some oak and bitterness at the end but not egregious. The fruits still have some staying power here.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    N: Fruity this one, apples, clementines, snow pears & soft bananas, dried coconut, dried & cubed papaya, flapjack, lime candy, mango juice, toffee chunky. Quite the ultimate summer breakfast cereal. Later - peppery and malty with honeyed leather which reminds me of a particular 12yo Inchgower also bottled by JM WB. After about twenty minutes, this is fruity soft toffee all the way, very summer school fete. Next day - raspberries and blackberries, vanilla ice-cream, soft toffee, tinture bourbon vibe here with an exquisite malty, salty, mineral, sea vegetal ‘je ne sais quoi’. Irresistable nose
    T: Fruity indeed, strong phenols bring a spirit led bitter/sweet, peppery, fruity concentrated tincture to proceedings. Aged bourbon fruits develop before the toffee malt eases through and the cask shows its deep slow layers of maturation, Some good casks here. Bitter oak bites into the sweeter fruitiness during a long, long and consistent development. Later - malty, fruity, peaty, clean, strong spirit;.. chalky and drying before turning fruit tincture like, milky and still drying - add water, lots. Becomes much more fruity and woody with water, drying a little less but fresh turning malty
    F: ……..Gooey, fruity, blackberry flapjack with soft toffee chunks throughout. Fruity-angostura bitter-tincture remains with a touch of waxy, soft candied fruits and strong a coconut finish. The oak never leaves the malts side.  Lots of drying oak, fennel and vanilla.
    C: Sometimes simple and moorish, other times complex and challenging but always a dream dram. Quickly suffers from oxidisation.

    Scores an A-

  6. Malt Hans scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and spicy aroma, banana, mango, pear, apricot, coconut, cloves, anise, lavender, floral honey and malt. Marzipan sweet taste, banana, pepper, liqourice, mint, vanilla and malt. Long, malty and spicy end.


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