Macduff 10yo, 2006-2017, Whic, Sujet II
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Bottling: whic (Whiskycircle)
Cask type: Ex-Bourbon Cask, Madeira Hogshead Finish for more than 8 Months (#8102349/2006, 400 btl.)
Nose: Exotic fruits on the nose with pineapples, mango and apricots, nicely mixed with apples and vanilla. Toffee, hints of floral notes and ginger spice in the background. The alcohol is noticeably present but not pungent.
Palate: Sweet and creamy on the palate with fruits, bright green grapes, malted barley and vanilla. This is immediately followed by a bold and warming spiciness of pepper, ginger and tender oak. Lingering notes of nougat and mocha towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is medium-long, creamy sweet and warming with pepper and spiced oak. Slightly bitter grape peel and dark chocolate on the tail.
With water: Fresher on the nose when a few drops of water are added. Plenty of vanilla and more floral notes are coming through, while the fruitiness and the alcoholic bite are both tamed. Sweet and creamy on the palate with delicate yellow fruits. Slightly warming with prickling oak and tamed spices. The finish shows medium length with creamy and fruity notes, followed by dry dark chocolate, espresso and increased oak spice.
Comments: This Highland malt is very delicate, quite intense and impressive. Shows some similarity to the Fettercairn bottling (Sujet I), with the delicate exotic fruitiness being more present. The oaky spiciness is well balanced with the lovely sweetness and fruitiness of the madeira cask. Water shifts the balance towards spicy flavours. A well crafted single malt at a very reasonable price.
I thank Arne Wesche from whic (Whiskycircle) for the sample and the photograph!
Macduff 8yo, 2007-2016, Ocean Wonders - Special Edition
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Bottling: eSpirits Whisky for Liquid Treasures
Cask type: Sherry Butt
Colour: Deep gold.
Nose: Alcoholic bite at first (no wonder, it is 66% abv!), but behind that curtain there's a lovely fruitiness of ripe pears, apricots and peaches. Creamy vanilla emerges, lingering with subtle sherry flavours, a filigree nuttiness and a whiff of oak in the back.
Palate: Strong and intense on the palate. Tender fruity notes of apricots and peaches, deliciously mixed with creamy blossom honey. This is immediately followed by a bold and steadily increasing alcoholic warmth. Towards the finish, bitter notes of orange peel and grapefruit emerge.
Finish: The finish is medium in length, with warming spices and creamy yellow fruit jam. Slightly bitter with grapefruit and orange peel, mixed with dry oak on the tail.
With water: A decent amount of water opens up this Highland malt. There's more fruits coming through on the nose, intermingling with vanilla and a bit more sherry derived flavours. Sweet and lovely fruity on the palate with pears, peaches and apricots, mixed with custard and creamy honey. Still warming but with a significantly tamed alcoholic bite, followed by spiced oak, cinnamon and a hint of pepper. The finish is a bit shorter with creamy honey and sticky yellow fruit, followed by dry notes of oak and cocoa on the tail.
Comments: A strong, young and spirituous Highland single malt. Shows, however, a filigree fruitiness which is balanced by the wood and tender spiciness. Opens up quite nicely with water and becomes multi-layered, flavourful and pleasantly drinkable.
I thank Dailydram.de for the sample and the photograph!