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2003 Macduff 14 Year Old "The Cooper's Choice" First Fill Single Sherry Butt Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere 100)

SKU #1492182

A rare deal in Single Malt from the old Coopers Choice brand. This single sherry butt is bottled at 92 proof with no chill filtration and sells readily across the country for over $100. We've been lucky to snag the final inventory at a significantly reduced price - 30% off the suggested retail price. The Macduff Distillery is sold under the Glen Deveron (or "The Deveron") label. It's not well known, but does produce some very high-quality single malt destined for the popular blends, William Lawson and Dewars, and more recently been relaunched in a very attractive bottle by owners Bacardi. Located on the northern coast outside the town of Banff, the distillery was built in 1962. It features an somewhat unique 5 still system of 2 wash stills and 3 spirits stills. We regularly come across this malt in Scottish warehouses, but we have never had the chance to bottle one for the store that's been matured in active sherry casks. The color is a gorgeous auburn and the nose is redolent of dense dried fruit and Christmas spice. This is an easy choice for any lover of sherried Scotch and won't likely be available in this quality at this price point again in the future. One must note that the bottler seems to have labelled this as Speyside, while it's certainly not Speyside, but Highland as it sits on the banks of the River Deveron.


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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2020 | Send Email
There's no question that the world is obsessed with malt aged in dark oloroso sherry butts. It's been like this for many years and the trend is not alleviating in any way whatsoever. So we jump at the chance to sell anything that's nicely aged and when I tried this the first time, I was ready to pull the trigger on the entire cask. Then I saw that the price would be upwards of $110 on the shelf and we decided to hold off. While it's an excellent whisky and I think ultimately worth that compared to what else is on the market for this price, our customers have been predisposed to expect old malt at the over $100 price point on independently bottled malt, even when heavily sherried. So I was delighted when the importer came to us with a deal we couldn't refuse. For $70, this might be one of the year's best deals and when every other malt is going up in price, this awesome Macduff is randomly 30% less than what it's being sold for elsewhere. The color is auburn. The nose is a wonderful explosion of rum raisin and dark nut butters. Moving toward the fig compote, it offers hints of old diesel and bomber jacket. On the palate, bit of the red cherry fruit comes through along with the deep oloroso nuttiness. There's not a lot of heat at 46% but the texture is full and the finish quiet long. For any lover of sherry, there will be very few deals like this going forward even after tariffs are removed.

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