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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Macduff Speyside Distillery

aka Glen Deveron Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Macduff Scotch Whisky Distillery History

Situated to the east of Banff on the east bank of the River Deveron, about half a mile from the Moray Firth. The distillery was built in 1962 by a consortium of businessmen which included George Crawford, Morty Dykes and Brodie Hepburn


Extended from two to three stills in 1966 and to four in 1968.


Acquired by William Lawson in 1972, which in turn became part of the General Beverage Corporation, the Luxembourg Company that manages Martini & Rossi's global interests now a subsidiary of Bacardi Limited,


Macduff is one of the few distilleries to give its single malt a different name from its own. The malt takes its name from the nearby River Deveron from which it drawn the water used for cooling in the production process. The Gelly Burn is the distilling water source used by the distillery


Independent bottlers do market the whisky, including miniatures, under the name of Macduff


Major component of William Lawson blends


Macduff  Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Are Bottled as Glen Deveron

Glen Deveron Aged 10 Years

Glen Deveron Aged 12 Years



Macduff  Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Independent Bottlings 


Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Duncan Taylor "Cask Strength"

Duncan Taylor "Collection"


Lonach (Duncan Taylor)


Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Old Masters (James MacArthur)

Scotts Selection



Macduff Single Malt Whisky 15 years old

Cask Strength 59.9% Bottled by Harris Whisky Co.

Single Cask bottling from cask no: 1375.

205 bottles in total.

Bottled in August 2006 at Cask Strength by Harris Whisky Co.


Polished beech colour.


Fresh and fruity on the nose reminding me of boiled citrus sweets.


On the palate this Macduff is oily, creamy and has a pleasant syrupy sweetness.  Eventually drying out with gentle tannins.


An impressive, warming and intense dram

Macduff Distillery, Banff,




Tel: +44 (0)1261 812612


No Visitor Facilities

Founded in 1962 by a business consortium

Location Speyside region, Northeast district south of Banff

Water source The Gelly Burn.


Macduff Scotch Whisky Distillery Equipment.

Lightly peated malt Barley

Stainless steel mash tun

9 Stainless steel washbacks

2 wash stills 3 spirit stills


There is no longer a cooperage and the new whisky is all sent south in tankers to be put in barrels for maturation in a Central Scotland warehouse

(Glen Deveron) Whisky

Macduff Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose :Rich and malty with citric fruit and a hint of heather.


Palate Rich and spicy with faint peat smoke.

Finish: More spice and peat.