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22 Dec 2012

Macduff 1988 (The Maltman)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Macduff

As you may know, The Maltman is kind of a successor of the old Hart Brothers label. It is run by Andrew Hart, the son of Hart Bros. founder Donald Hart. Today we’re trying their 23 years old Macduff.

 

 

Macduff 23yo 1988 - The MaltmanMacduff 23 yo 1988
(43%, The Maltman 2011, sherry cask)

Nose: great fruitiness right from the start, nicely sweet & sour: Granny Smith apples, passion fruits, lime, litchi, clementine, pineapple. Touches of mint as well as soft pollen notes and a discreet mineral / coastal sharpness. Superb freshness – no dried fruits or other obvious sherry notes, this must be refill. Mouth: a soft attack, lacking a bit of oomph. What comes out is the mineral, more grassy side. Still some (unripe) fruits, mainly citrus now. A little vanilla. Plain oak and almonds. Overall a bit shy. Finish: fairly short, on apple and a vanilla with a pinch of salt.

This Macduff started with a very promising and intensely fruity nose, but in the mouth and finish it seems to fade out and loose some of its magic. I think it could have been better at a slightly higher strength. Around € 70.

Score: 84/100

Macduff 1988 (The Maltman) 3 Ruben Luyten 2012-12-22

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  • Tony: I wonder if the rest of the cask is the TWE 1981 just released with no cask number (and a similar though not identical strength)...
  • john marrinan: That is true, but to all intents and purposes a score of 87 is the same as a score of 90. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the maniacs scored it the
  • WhiskyNotes: It's not so much a matter of trusting a score as it is a matter of being able to relate to it.

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