Macduff 1964 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Dumpy Bottle
Stated Age
13 years old
80 (proof)
757 ml
26²/³ Fl. Ozs.
Added on
16 jul 2017 2:47 pm by brandyhill1
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 794.32

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Whisky reviews for Macduff 1964 CA

5 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.00 points.

  1. SimonOHA scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    To fall into his genre, much more complex than he suggests, provided you give him time and agree.
    • Nose
      Nose on popcorn, marshmallow, cotton candy. Lots of great flowers. Melted butter with lots of sugar. Caramelized peanuts (those from the carnival). Concentrated pine sap. Metal cap of cough syrup glued with sugar. Honey crispy dry land. A light metallic varnish appears on aeration, not embarrassing.
    • Taste
      The mouth is initially reminiscent of a very old blend: lots of melted aromatic notes, lots of diluted wax. Another profile then appears, much more structured on an autumnal introspection: it is wet, on the leaves of trees fallen on the ground in the forest (but without moss). Very special cereals, if I had to sum it up, we have the impression of having assembled thousands of cereal grains which each have their own soul and are all fighting to exist on our palate. Cereals go in all directions, a greasy veil containing them. It's very sweet too, and a nice intensity for the ABV. Not at all tired, nice freshness.
    • Finish
      Really pleasant finish, slightly metallic. Cereal bitterness too, like a rancid old stout, but every ounce of salivation sugars it up again to make it pleasant.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 x 13 + Authentic/Original 1964-1966 x 3
    16 in total

    Apologies this post is a bit long

    Tasting order as follows :-

    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% WB 14358
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% WB 16642
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% WB 20094
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 yr 46% mini same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market WB 120312
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% WB 31933
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% WB 12577
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof WB 15173
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof WB 27093
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% WB 66289
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof WB 98570
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% WB 30837
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% WB 29551
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof WB 19956
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection WB 7303
    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling WB 26610
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection
    WB 15014

    This was a mammoth tasting on so many levels 13 Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 and then an Original Collection and two Authentic Collection 1964/66/66 respectively so 16 in total. The Glen Albyn & Dufftown were last as they were cask strength but the others were all labelled 45.7%/46%/80 proof.
    This tasting took a long time to do, with plenty of water between , breaks and some food.

    Our of the 16 there was only one that was found wanting and that was the St Magdalene, with the first place honours a shoot-out between the Convaalmore 21 year, Jura 66 dumpy and the 1964 Glen Albyn tall bottle.
    The 1st place shoot out was carried out the next day (today) and the winner was the Glen Albyn by a nose, I know it was higher strength but is also had more depth of profile and a lovely orange marmalade note, almost a 93 point average

    I have had Cadenhead dumpy before, full bottles and samples but what is clear from this tasting is that the type of liquid in these bottles is not made anymore, they are the proverbial `Old School` bottles, slightly austere at times but sharper and crisper on the palate than today’s manufactured drams with massive sherry.
    I would only describe the Glen Albyn, Dufftown &Glenrothes as an obviously sherried whisky, I believe they all will be but in a blind tasting you certainly would not.

    What I found fascinating was that many of them had very similar notes on the nose and the palate, a grassy/cereal note was a common thread and also grapefruit on the palate or so it seemed. I wondered if this could be down to the type of barley used and coal fired stills who knows but actually when you think about it in the 1950’s & 1960’s nearly all of this whisky would have gone into blends, and nearly all these whiskies are from the Speyside area.
    There were so many similarities on show it was a real eye opener, another was a slight menthol note in a few of them.

    It is really hard to put these in order as I said, there were many similarities so the scores were similarly very close.

    Here is my attempt at putting these 16 whiskies in some sort of pecking order
    Here is the result with average total points score and them marks for nose/palate/finish
    1st-16th place

    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling 92+p
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 year 46% (miniature) same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market 92p
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% 92p
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection 92
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection 92p 91/92/92
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof 92p
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% 91p
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% 91p
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof 90p
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof 90p
    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% 89p
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof 89p
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% 89p
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% 89p
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% 87p
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% 86p

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Top draw old Macduff but you need to give this one plenty of time my first impression of this was completely wrong, no need for water
    • Nose
      92 92
      Nice nose, full of white fruits, grains, hay, scent of roses, hints of Turkish delight and lemon drizzle cake
      Finally some moist cake notes.
    • Taste
      92 92
      This is a packet of fruit gums but the initial blast of fruit is then replaced by , well nothing really, it just seems to stop developing in it's tracks, strange?
      Try again, white fruits, ah yes, a big wave of spice & faint peat now, but the spice & peat seem to grow exponentially, now that is subtle power for 80 proof
    • Finish
      91 91
      Massive, it never quite leaves the back of your throat, faint fruitiness but mainly the warm glow, if it was not so dry I t would be a 94 finish but actually right at the end there a little metallic note so 91 is about right.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful old style whisky with some typical dumpy cadenhead bottle ageing, really good.

  5. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    just a sample, "sadly". a dram from the past. old school style. hs305 said it all...
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] I bought this bottle for 225 Euro in August, 2004. This baby slept three times as long in the bottle as it did in the cask - so the mysterious bottle maturation had plenty of time to work on this dram...

    ...and it did a marvellous job. I doubt this dram was as complex and balanced when it was bottled back in 1977 - now it is pure pleasure both in the nose and on the palate. It requires a lot of patience to let it enfold in its full beauty (more than 30 minutes) but it is worth the wait. A fine experience, provided you like such old style whiskies...

    [January, 2022] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and score. Remember: Let it breathe for at least 30 minutes, better more!
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers an old style grassy-floral profile with waxes, honeys, fruits and chalky-mineral notes. All in a great balance and without any off-note. Later some earthy-mossy aromas join in (after 20 minutes of breathing) and the honeys-waxes grow stronger which is delicious. The spices are the last to pop up together with some shy herbal aromas, so take your time with this nose (and use a spheric blender's glass, if available - just for nosing, not for drinking!). Wow, I let it breathe for more than 40 minutes and it still gets better with great resinous (pine needles) and buttery (pastry) aromas. It started with 88 points and now I go for astonishing 92 (but you have to love this old style) - yes, old drams require patience and respect, no doubt!
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is much simplier on mainly grassy-autumn floral flavours (haystacks) with earthy notes (damp forest soil) and oily-waxy flavours. Surely a profile that is not produced anymore since decades - but I like it (not sure if others do)! After some chewing the complexity grows significantly with sweet honey and barley sugary flavours that are tasty - and even some shy fruits in the background. Now it gets really good, so again take your time with this dram. The taste started at mere 86 points but now I score it 89 without doubts.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with a minor peppery touch which is fine. The finish is of medium length and adds very tasty chocolatey and mocha flavours that I adore. No bitter or drying moments, this is extremely quaffable. Water releases more waxy and resinous aromas in the nose and the chocolates pop up earlier - nevertheless I like the neat dram better (after plenty of breathing time)...


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