John Dewar & Sons, part of the Bacardi group of companies, has released The Deveron single malt. The whisky hails from the MacDuff distillery located on the northern edge of Aberdeenshire and is the fifth and last release in Dewar’s collection of Scotland’s Last Great Malts.
The new expressions of The Deveron 10 year-old, 12 year-old and 18 year-old have never been released before now and will be available from October 2015.
Located where the river meets the sea, Macduff distillery sits near the mouth of the River Deveron where it is sheltered from the worst of the seaboard storms and winter winds. This tranquil spot has seen the creation of The Deveron malt whisky for many a decade.
A comparatively modern distillery – its spirit first began to flow in 1960 – Macduff was brought into being mainly for the purpose of supplying malt whisky to the blending industry. A consortium of four businessmen commissioned the distillery, calling themselves the Glen Deveron Distillers.
Emanating from five small copper pot stills, and unusual horizontal condensers that gently coax extra character from the spirit, The Deveron is an approachable dram, which has a tang of coastal air about it. The distillery is set up for a light, fruity spirit that’s replete with apple tones and nutty notes.
Stephen Marshall, Bacardi’s global marketing manager – single malts remarks: “The final one. We’ve done it and it tastes great. People underestimate the quality of whisky that can be made at a comparatively modern distillery – this is really top notch stuff. Get yourself up to Macduff, or if you can’t then stick Local Hero on the telly and pour yourself a dram.”
The new portfolio consists of three age statements, each bottled at 40% ABV: The Deveron 10 Years Old (only available in France), The Deveron 12 Years Old and The Deveron 18 Years Old. Each expression has been launched in selected markets around the world including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, US and UK.
Stranger and Stranger has designed the packaging for all the whiskies in the Last Great Malts range.
7 September 2015 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor