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The Deveron 18 Year Old Review


13th November 2015
The Deveron 18 Year Old Review

The Deveron 18 Year Old review.Sitting at the top of the new The Deveron Highland single malt whisky range from the Macduff Distillery is The Deveron 18 year old.

Even the most ardent whisky connoisseurs amongst you could be forgiven for not recognising The Deveron name as a single malt that is because the Macduff Distillery owners John Dewar & Co have rebranded from Glen Deveron and launched a new range of expressions under The Deveron name.

This is the first time in the distillery's history that there has been a range of expressions available at any one time from the the Macduff distillery. There was talk of a Deveron 25 year old when the plans for a new Deveron whisky range was unveiled, no sign of it yet so for the time being this new 18 year old sits at the top of the new The Deveron domestic market range.

Matured in a combination of Spanish sherry and American ex-bourbon oak casks, mainly hogsheads, it has been bottled at 40% ABV.

Similar to the other bottlings in the new range, The Deveron 18 year old packaging has a subtle northern Scotland maritime coastal community look and feel to it.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Honey, toffee, dried sherried fruits, nutty, just a hint of oak.

Taste: Medium bodied, smooth entry with a honeyed sweetness leading the way, vanilla, touch of burnt raisins, some ripe plum, nutty, tobacco, some tangy orange and toffee apple, pear, a touch of late black treacle sugar.

Finish: A short finish with honey sugar coated oak notes and a touch of tangy orange which quickly fade leaving a little drying nuttiness.

Comment: This has had a lovely quality sherry oak influence which makes this malt. A shorter finish than expected which lost it a few points but still an enjoyable dram. Some of the older single malts released by Dewar's under the "Last Great Malts of Scotland" banner have been good but suffer from serious overpricing but I would say that in comparison to other 18 year old single malts of this quality available today, the asking price for The Deveron 18 year old is fair. I would loved to have tasted it at a higher ABV even if it had added a pounds to the price but I could say that about most whiskies.

SMW Score 86/100

The Deveron 18 year old has an RRP of 70.00 and will be available from specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange
 

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