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Lloyd's Whisky Syndicate N°5 - Macduff 10 Y.O. (Peated)

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Distilled in: Banff (Scotland) Bottled in: 2020
Distillery: Macduff Cask type: Bourbon Barrel (ex Peated)
Flavour: Smoky, Herbal
Strength: 53,3%
THE DISTILLERY

The Macduff distillery was founded 1962 with its official name oscillating between Glen Deveron and Macduff, with most of its bottlings being released under the former.

The distillery now belongs to Bacardi’s local subsidiary John Dewar & Sons.

Macduff distillery has a classic, clean and functional Delme-Evans design, with the stillhouse being the most intriguing part of the engineering.

In here are five stills – two wash and three spirit – all of which have upward-tilting lyne arms that have a right angled kink in them. The spirit stills also have horizontal shell and tube condensers. The character is nutty (slightly sulphury at new make stage), with quick mashing, short fermentation and cold condensers. It is this last technique which adds weight to the spirit. It could well be that the kink in the lyne arm helps create just enough reflux to contribute a balancing fruitiness.

THE WHISKY

This Macduff whisky has been aged for 10 years in a refill ex-Bourbon cask that had previously aged Laphroaig. Hence, while having been distilled from unpeated malt, the whisky has captured smoky, herbal and medicinal notes typical of the more famous Islay tipple.