1997

MACDUFF SHERRY

SPEYSIDE
SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY

Bottled in Scotland
in July 2017

Cask N° N.5869

Just n. 300 bottles in 70 cl. size
Just n. 132 bottles in 75 cl. size
Alc. 43% Vol.

It's truly stimulating to study how this multi-faceted spirit evolves. We are faced with a marriage of opposites: an inversion of the usual serving order. Aberdeen Angus roast beef and Vignola cherries; it's like finding sweetness in a supposedly sour fruit. The austerity of this very “beefy” single malt mingles with the pungent sweetness of the sherry cask.
Instantly, a string of smells unravels, the nose hit first of all by sulphurous notes that mask the spirit's myriad different sides. Then, opening up, it reveals slightly salty and perfumed tones then lastly, and rather surprisingly, pronounced sweetness on the palate, as juicy as any May fruits. Next come scents of snuffed out matches and thermal fumaroles. We're treated to a series of sharp and, at the same time, oily aromas. Impressions that are at once confuted in the mouth. The sweet tones quickly join together and the most persistent ones then linger, more as an aftertaste.
Dried fruit and quince prove that, yes indeed, opposites do attract and oddly enough complement one another, here in a harmonious blend of virtually-forgotten tones and sensations.