Macduff 9yo WB | 56.5% | Highland
, Scotland founded: 1960 | active
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Meet #79 | 17/09/16 | Hosted by Ali
This was one of our rare proxy tastes, with two teams tasting in different towns. MacDuff vs Springbank, Edinburgh vs North Berwick.
Despite its relative youth, this reminds us of several things connected (albeit tangentially) with the elderly. We've got granny smith toffee apples and a Werther's original, perhaps given to a grandchild. It's a whisky being opened in an old house, while sitting on a cracked leather chair, amongst dust and mothballed clothes, smoking French vanilla tobacco. Other than that, it's serving up a smorgasbord of deserts - hot banana with caramel biscuits, poached pears, stollen and fruit salad.
This has a strong, distinguished sweetness. It's gloopy, like treacle or golden syrup. We taste old-school sweets and, displaying scant regard for the actual process involved, honey "direct from a bee's bum". It brings the spice too, with chilli and clove flavours lingering through the finish. As it warms up, a certain minty dimension is revealed. Also, we think this might be a remedy for something as we're getting Benelyn, cough sweets, and iodine.
| Also known as Glen Deveron but not in this case.. (2 photos)
It's a really interesting long and warming finish, continuing the spicy/sweet/sour theme - we're tasting pepper, chilli jam, marmalade, goosberries and apples and banana foam sweets.
We were so specific that no general comments were needed.
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