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Macduff 8 yo (2011/2019, The Whisky Gallery, 49%)

Macduff The Whisky Gallery 8 years old

This young Macduff from Whisky Gallery, an independent bottler from Bulgary who has been present at the Milano Whiskey Festival for several years now, took the whim of winning a bronze medal at the last Milanese event: we were part of the jury, and we remember this with pleasure – it is time however to taste it properly… Matured in an ex-bourbon cask, it is reduced to 49% abv.

N: very interesting, open and really pleasant. Of remarkable clarity: fresh and fruity, also very sugary, with that sugaryness of young whiskies, almost like a ‘pure’ distillate. Sweetened banana, pear and apple, candied fruit; fruit yogurt. A touch of solvent.

P: here the spirit is even more frank, but without ever being herbaceous, mind you. Excellent texture. Leone tablets with a rose flavouring, then banana (candies and ice cream), icing sugar; pear puree (but also apple puree) and lemon kernel. Rather simple, very honest.

F: long enough, with Haribo licorice and something herbaceous that here peeps in.

Not complex but honest, as we have already written – and it is absolutely a great value. We’re surprised by the sugary sweetness, typical of the distillate, that’s very, very intense. The appreciation of this bottling was helped by an equally fair price (around € 50): a whisky for those who love whisky, without too many frills, and do not mind a simple, sure, but pleasant drink. 83/100.

Recommended soundtrack: Tropea – Last Hour Together.

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