Macduff's unique distillery works results in a Whisky whose character is nutty and slightly sulphurous. Maritime notes ring true in the palate, harkening to the distillery's location in a fishing port.
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Perched seaside, next to Moray Firth, Macduff is located in a fishing port of the same name, near the banks of the River Deveron. It's off-white buildings and low warehouses look out over working fields and the North Atlantic.
A youthful endeavour by Scottish standards, Macduff first opened in 1960. Its moniker hasn't stayed quite as steady as its business, flipping between Macduff and Glen Deveron several times over the last half century.
Under the name Glen Deveron, Macduff was acquired by William Lawson Distillers Ltd. in 1972. They, in turn were subsumed by the Martini & Rossi Corp. in 1980. The Bacardi Corp. took over the whole bunch in 1992, placing the Macduff Distillery in the trusted hands of their subsidiary John Dewar & Sons.
At Macduff, two wash stills feed three spirit stills, an unusual asymmetric production setup. The distillery employs a combination of peated and unpeated malts, depending on the destination of the spirit in question.
Macduff single malts are characteristically lightly peated for a light smoke on the palette. Both Sherry and Oak casks are used to age Macduff's malts, depending again on their intended use.