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Overall rating
83.67/100
votes
27
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Cask (TWC)
Vintage
2007
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
09 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Cask
Strength
64.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
17 Feb 2016 8:15 pm by Mischi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 48,16

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Whisky Reviews for Macduff 2007 TWC

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.67 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2017]  The last Macduff I tried https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/58969/macduff-1974-hb was a true tastebud killer (I had to stop tasting sessions for several days until my tastebuds recovered from that).  So I hope this young stuff will not do the same but in case of doubt I do them in a head-to-head:  This 64,5% versus its sister cask with 65,8% https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/86386/macduff-2007-twc.

    Colour:  The 64% is about one shade darker at yellow gold than the 65% that is about old gold.  The texture shows late little tears and very late slow legs on both drams (so it is rather light).

    Nose:  The 65% offers a light modern sherry profile with some cheesy aromas that go away after a while.  The 64% is more punchy and closed but after a while some modern sherry aromas shine through without the cheesy off-notes of the other dram.  Certainly both cry for water but neat I like the 64% better.  Both are neither impressive nor interesting (in my opinion) but okayish for such young stuff.  I vote for a draw.

    Mouthfeel:  The 64% arrives hot and peppery on the palate with just very little coating effects.  Same with the 65% what is no surprise as both had the same light texture.  This is a clear draw.

    Taste:  The 65% offers a typical light modern sherry profile that is quite okayish for a 9-year old.  The taste of the 64% is bolder and more impressive but unfortunately this comes from a slight sulphury trace (that is bearable but nevertheless unwanted).  As I do not like sulphur in any concentration I clearly prefer the clean sherry style of the 65%.

    Finish:  Both are rather short and do not add any additional flavours to the profile.  But as there are no distracting moments like bitterness or drying either this is okay.  Again I like the clean 65% a little better than the slightly sulphury 64%.

    Surprisingly even a fair share of water added does not release any more aromas both in the nose and on the palate - the drams get smoother to drink but that's it!  The noses even get more punchy and spirity and the sulphur pops up earlier.  So I like both drams better when neat (what is often the case with sherried whiskies).

    These are quite young drams (in my opinion still underaged) but taking this into account they are okayish for that.  Not really something I would ask for a second dram but I had a lot much worser drams over the last years.  The slight sulphury notes in this 64,5% are acceptable and probably a lot of drinkers will appreciate these as an additional flavours compound that provide more "oompf" to the taste.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    My
    first Macduff. Decently aged, with loads of flavor and a strength that roll
    knock your socks off. Good value for money and tasty to boot. The Whisky Cask
    is slowly coming around to becoming one of my favorite bottlers.
    • Nose
      Rocket
      Fuel I reckon. Wonderful. Immediately reminds me somewhat of sherried Benrinnes.
      Hardly any alcohol on the nose! Balsamico, parchment, raisins, and apple cider.
    • Taste
      Like
      liquid lava made of cotton candy. Sweet and very spicy. Full on chili, savory
      teriyaki sauce and almonds.
    • Finish
      Medium-Short.
      Here it’s where it lacks. The warmth lingers for a bit, but any overt aromas
      and flavor is rapidly fading. Sweetness and caramel – perhaps.

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