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Macduff 1997 ANHA

Category Single Malt from Highlands, Scotland
Details Details
Distillery
District Eastern Highlands
Bottler Anam na h-Alba
Bottling serie The Soul of Scotland
Vintage 14.10.1997
Bottled 28.01.2012
Age 14 years old
Casktype Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber 5927
Strength 61.0 % Vol.
Number of bottles 170
Size 700 ml
Bottled for Dunkelziffer e.V.
Price 73.00$ 78.11£ 62.78
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered Cask Strength Single Cask Whisky
Erik Elixer Note
a couple of years ago
Erik Elixer gave this whisky 82 points

N: white wine, spices, bitter lemon, very old cheese - salt , crystals, nectarines and plumes
T: bitter fruits - grape fruits, kiwi, spices, nuts, with water more sweet candy and peach
F: warming spices, grains, cherry, gooseberries and again bitter

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MaltMartin Tasting note
a few years ago
MaltMartin gave this whisky 78 points
Color
White wine
Nose

Aromatic but spirity as well. Juniper berries like in Dutch genever. Yeasty and malty. Some pear and melon later on.

Taste

Clear, fresh and malty. Very sharp though. Some pepper and ginger. Winey.

Finish

Medium long. Bitterness. The alcoholic sharpness reamins. Not much in balance.

Comments

This tastes like very young whisky, almost new make. I prefer the sherried style Macduff's vintages from 2000.

markjedi1 Tasting note
a few years ago
markjedi1 gave this whisky 75 points
Color
White wine
Nose

The nose is somewhat bizarre. Loads of grain in combination with some sherry influences like bitter coffee, walnuts and faux leather. A bit of cigar-box and wet hay. Not a lot of fruit. The only thing coming through is a bit of white and yellow apples, oranges, honey and sultanas, but you have to look for it. Some mineral touches as well. Flints, wet rocks. Water flattens the whole.

Taste

It is oily on the palate, but very bitter. Walnuts, grape stones, ginger, white pepper. The fruit does not stand a chance. Only dried pineapple surfaces. Razor sharp. With water, it turns a lot sweeter and tames the bitterness. Blimey!

Finish

The undiluted finish is long and bitter, the diluted finish is short and bitter.

Comments

A difficult Macduff in my opinion. Just like the 14 Year Old Dram of the Lords, this one needs a lot of water to become quaffable. But it is never really any good. A let down and the weakling in the Anam na h-Alba range if you ask me. Around 73 EUR.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
mbinder Note
a few years ago
mbinder gave this whisky 88 points

mit etwas wasser:
nose: stark: weisswein, helle trauben, cabernet-sauvignon?, wenig: saure orange, oder grapefruit?, fruehlingswiese am morgen, suesser bluetenduft, ein hauch lavendel?
taste: suesse trauben, suesse exotische fruechte, mango?, vanille, das ganze umgarnt von etwas weissem pfeffer. gegen schluss, nach einiger zeit im glas, intensiv honig und popcorn?
finish: suesse und weisser pfeffer, mittellang bis lang.

Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whisky is barely enough!
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