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07 Feb 2011

Macduff 2000 for The Bonding Dram

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Macduff

Creative Whisky CompanyCreative Whisky Company is an independent bottler specialising in single casks, all picked by the owner
David Stirk. He’s a former whisky writer for Whisky Magazine who also worked for Cadenhead. The names of the bottling ranges are easy to confuse: Exclusive Malts, Exclusive Range and Exclusive Cask.

We’re now tasting an exclusive Macduff 2000 bottled exclusively for our Belgian retailer The Exclusive Bonding Dram. It was chosen from a series of cask samples by founder Jeroen and a team of Bonding Dram enthusiasts. It’s bottled at cask strength and presented in a nicely designed box.

Macduff 2000 Bonding DramMacduff 10 yo 2000 (56,5%, Creative Whisky Co. for The Bonding Dram, sherry butt #3525, 200 btl.)

Nose: juicy start with cooked fruits and tinned fruits on syrup. Then slowly growing spicier (mainly cinnamon) with some Mexican chocolate disks. Gingerbread cake. Some nutty aromas and raisins. Baked apples. A lovely sherry profile. Water makes it slightly more fragrant and brings out oranges. Mouth: good attack, sweet, now with the same spices really up front. A light peppery prickle. Rum & raisins, figs, prunes. Also fresher fruits (berries and apples). Nice, and best without water. Finish: long and spicy with some Mon Cherie notes.

Available from The Bonding Dram for € 50. Great price / quality – recommended if you’re into fresh and juicy sherry. You can also buy a sample if you want to try it.

Score: 89/100

Macduff 2000 for The Bonding Dram 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-02-07
  • Mark Dermul

    Glad you like this one, Ruben. Being one of those enthusiasts, I can say it was a pleasure selecting this from a list of 5 (very different) cask samples. Your notes are spot on – as usual.

    The only thing I do not agree on is that the Macduff is best without water. I prefer it with a splach of fresh water, actually, which brings out more fruitiness imho.

  • Foamy

    I can follow Mark Demul.
    I like the strong sherry notes in the nose but for my personal taste I like it with a splash of water. It becomes a little bit easier to drink, more fruit, sweetness and crème brulee notes with a good spicy ginger impuls
    It’s a very good very crispy whisky with no flaws.

  • David Stirk

    I like it best poured out of someone else’s bottle!!

    Glad you liked it.

  • Steffen Bräuner

    A non-sulphured sherry bottling :-)


  • Marc Castermans

    Hmm, can’t wait for my bottle to arrive

  • Mark Dermul

    I’ll get my bottles tonight (at last!). Let us know what you think, Marc.

  • Ruben

    This one has just won a silver medal at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2011.


    What about cask 5801 with only 83 btls. One found in little Norway !!



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