Review No.91. The Deveron 12 Year Old

When I think of scotch whisky from a business perspective the name Diageo comes to mind.  I believe they contribute 30% towards the total output of the scotch market and they own a number of well renowned distilleries as well as brands such as Johnnie Walker.  However, there are a number of other companies that have ownership of a few gems.  One of them is Bacardi, who own Dewar’s and single malt brands such as Aultmore, Royal Brackla, Craigellachie, Aberfeldy and The Deveron.  This line up has been cleverly put together to provide Bacardi with distilleries producing single malts with a range of flavour profiles (although I think they are missing peat).  The Deveron is a single malt produced by the Macduff distillery and is the coastal whisky within their range, and if you are familiar with my blog then you know that I am a fan of this flavour profile.


Whisky: The Deveron 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, 40%

Nose: Apple tart, pears, syrup, citrus zest, coastal

Taste: Malt, citrus, honey, vanilla, coconut, grapefruit, oak

Finish: Honey, vanilla, coastal

Score: 3

Summary: At first this whisky seems a bit simple, for want of a better term.  It is very light and delicate to begin with which made it tricky for me to really pick out distinct flavours. But with a tiny drop of water and a bit of time it opened up and I could pick out the zesty and tart notes with the coastal elements in support.  It is very much the same on taste but with some vanilla and honey to add a bit of sweetness and spice to temper that zest.  The honey and vanilla follow into the finish to round it off on a warming note.  This is an enjoyable malt and is well rounded in my opinion.  This reminded me of the Arran 10 in some aspects which in my books is a good thing.  At just over £30 I think this offers good value for money and provides you with something different from the more popular peated, sherried or light highland style malts.  The 18 year for this is appears to reasonably priced at about £65 – I am tempted.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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