Last year we look at the younger sibling to this gorgeous drop of liquid gold, so we thought it would only be right if we shared our thoughts, seeing as we’ve been sitting on this one for a while now. Last September – John Dewar & Sons Ltd. announced the release of The Deveron Single Malt, which hails from the MacDuff distillery, located on the northern edge of Aberdeenshire. The new expressions released of The Deveron, are the 10-year-old (only available in France), the 12-year-old and the 18-year-old. The MacDuff distillery is a relatively new distillery. Its first spirits began to flow in 1960, with its main purpose of this to be used in blends but with spirit this good it only made sense to produce some single malt expressions. The Deveron has always been an easy to drink dram, which is light, fruity replete with apple tones and nuttiness.
On the nose: are welcoming sweet notes of red apples, followed by rosemary, vanilla and butterscotch. These are closely followed by some zesty notes as well as Demerara sugar, light spices, start anise but most notably cinnamon. There is a lovely madeira note wafting around in there, alongside toffee, marzipan, fudge and a light note of sandalwood. On the palate: there is a lovely initial taste of toffee apple, followed by butterscotch, vanilla and oats, with a slight oily texture. That zesty note is ever-present, alongside flavours of tobacco and clotted cream. The palate is nicely rounded off by cinnamon, light spices and a hint of green herbs. The finish: is long, spicy, with lingering zest and nuttiness.
The verdict: The 18-year-old Deveron is essentially a slightly longer matured example, from the MacDuff distillery, of the 12-year-old expression but what does this do? It adds more richness in character and gives it some of the most wonderful autumnal notes – making it a perfect dram for this time of year. Bottled at 40% ABV, I did have some concerns that some of its body would be lost but it is quite the opposite. In my opinion it didn’t really need any water but if you require it, do so only in small quantities. Leaving it to breathe a little also yields more of its fruiter notes.
The Deveron 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch can be found in well stocked whisky shops and online for approximately £65
For more information on this 18-year-old Deveron expression, visit the official Last Great Malts website.