Macduff 1965 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
32 years old
Oak Cask
53.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 apr 2009 1:54 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 230.00

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24 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Macduff 1965 CA

3 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.14 points.

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Honey, menthol, barley sugars, tropical notes, tobacco, toffee, orange, cereals, very good

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2020] After I tested dozens of cask samples (almost all of them "underaged") during the last weeks I desperately look out for some older stuff before Christmas . That is why I assembled an advent calendar of randomly picked bottles out of my sample library...

    ...and this certainly was a lucky pick. It offers a very old-stylish profile with lots of different and unusual flavours I do not find in modern drams (anymore), that is why I really enjoy and appreciate such old stuff these days. When I started my malt whisky life many malts with such profiles were available and most probably I would have scored this Macduff a little lower than today. But given the uniform character of many modern drams which are mostly cask-driven (wood and/or wine) such a pure distillate-focussed dram is a real treat.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a rich and complex old Highland style profile with adorable exotic fruits and floral impressions in abundance, different honeys (among them Manuka), different oils (both vegetable and industrial), MAOAM fruit-gum, liquorice and many more. This is extremely interesting to explore and very enjoyable to sniff - an old-style malt nose at its best.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is greatly chewable and releases a lot of different layers this way, starting with the fruits which are balanced by resins and other earthy flavours quickly. The honeys are there as well as the liquorice and oils. In later layers some rather unusual fruits join in (kumquats, rose hips) together with waxes (both beeswax and floor wax). The spices are rather shy, except for the mint but I do not really miss them given the abundance of other flavours present.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The mouthfeel is very satisfying with a thick and creamy texture and no distracting moments at all. The finish is long and adds more sweet barley sugars and minty notes, both very enjoyable. There is a minor drying impression (cardboards) towards the very end but still this is okay for a 32-years old dram. Water releases more earthy aromas (dunnage warehouse) in the nose and turns the taste sweeter hence (even) more quaffable while it reduces the cardboardy-ness during the finish. I like to explore this dram neat and than I adds some drops for a greater drinking pleasure.

  3. Jackson05 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I’m not doing this dram justice with a few simple notes. You’ll find different things every time, but it’s like a mintier, more phenolic 1973 Speyside. Buckets of honey but also more oak that builds with time. I didn’t find it out of balance. I’m pretty new into this bottle, so I’ll start it at 92 and it could well go up from there as I go.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Thick Manuka honey, a rich vein of sweet smoke. Fresh mint, grease and machine shop notes. A little new rubber. Pine sap, definitely. All kinds of gum. It’s a gum factory. Spearmint, peppermint, winter mint, juicy fruit, Hubba bubba...wild. Peppermint tea, licorice root.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Creamy, viscous and buttery. Big notes of crisp mint and clover honey, but then it turns fun. Machine shop, grease, sweet smoke, very oily. Tree sap, herbs. Builds in brightness. Tangerines, melon, apricots, mango.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long. Juicy and sappy in the best sense. Honey, mint, beeswax, melons, grapefruit and a few soft herbs. Polished floors and a firm oak presence.

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Colour: full gold. Nose: many of these 30yo+ malts that Cadenhead's bottled around ten years ago were absolutely superb and it seems that this one is no exception. Directly complex, resinous, fruity, honeyed and pretty phenolic, with these notes of tropical fruits that were often to be found in these bottlings. No, I don't know why. Passion fruits, papayas, tangerines… And mint-flavoured Turkish delights. Perfect nose, even if there's more and more straight oak (new plank). Mouth: rich, creamy, even more resinous and phenolic than on the nose. A lot of mint, chlorophyll, apple pie, liquorice, hints of marshmallows, then more kumquats and honey, a little bergamot… It's all very perfect and what's striking is the mint. We already had some in the old 1964 but there was none in the blandola. So, is mint part of Macduff's profile? Well, mint usually comes from the wood, but we'll see with the next ones… Finish: long, on pink grapefruits and mint again. Comments: lovable old Macduff, complex and rich. SGP:462 - 90 points.

    Reviewed in 2012 by serge.


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