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The Deveron 18 Year Old (vs Deveron 1996 Indicative) Review

Yesterday it was The Deveron 12 turn and today it’s the older brother turn, The Deveron 18 Year Old. I had the opportunity to taste an advanced sample of Deveron 18 during Whisky Live Tel-Aviv, directly from visiting Bacardi ambassador Lomond Campbell. Luckily I saved some of it for later and deeper tasting so it made sense to compare the sample to the final commercially released whisky.

deveron 1996 sample vs final the deveron 18

Advanced sample on the left, final Deveron 18 on the right. Notice the color difference.

As can seen from the picture above there’s a slight color change with the final version boasting a darker shade of color. Of course we can suspect some e150a involvement or go for the reasonable explanation that the final whisky vatting recipe was different. But was it? If so, the smells and taste should be different. Let’s check them.

Deveron 1996 Indicative 18yo (40%, bottled 01/05/14, Sample: 1405125-GB12)

Nose: Creamy, soft yet has some dust and spicy background with pepper, a lot of apples and toffee.

Palate: Apples, vanilla pudding, honey, cream, toffee, hints of spices, oak wood, dry.

Finish: Short medium finish, pudding, apples, oak wood, smooth and dry.

The Deveron 18 Year Old (40%, £54.95/€52,95)

the deveron 18Nose: Very creamy and soft (more than the 1996 sample), apples and toffee, the spiciness is muted comparing to the sample and no dustiness.

Palate: Creamy, green apples, hints of toffee, honey and towards the end some black pepper at the background.

Finish: Short-medium finish, cream, green apples peels, oak wood spices and black pepper sticking to the upper mouth.

Thoughts: Yeah, the final whisky is a bit different. Personally I preferred the indicative sample over the official result. The advanced sample is a bit more rogue and more alive while the final whisky feels more refined and a bit flatter. In fact I think it’s too refined and smooth, making it a bit boring in my book. If I have to choose, I’d take The Deveron 12 over the Deveron 18 Year Old.

(Official sample from Bacardi)

The Deveron 12 (Macduff Distillery) Review

Last week we completed reviewing the new Royal Brackla line-up and now it’s time to tackle yet another distillery that went through a big change as part of Bacardi “Last Great Malts” series, Glen Deveron whisky which is actually distilled at Macduff distillery (No, there’s no Glen Deveron distillery).

The official line-up from Macduff was previously known as Glen Deveron and upon the re-launch on September 2015 it was rebranded as The Deveron. But it wasn’t only a re-branding, the whisky changed too as the old Glen Deveron expressions were ditched and instead we get a new line-up with three standard expressions (10, 12 and 18) and one premium expression aged 25 year old.

The initial launch included the 12 and 18 year old so naturally we starts with the 12 year old and later we’ll review the 18 year old as well.

The Deveron 12 (Macduff Distillery) (40%, £34/€47.50)

the deveron 12Nose: Creamy, big mix of soft golden and green apples, honey, nuts (natural cashews), half-squeezed green grapes, a bit of salt and limestone dust. Despite having a low ABV it feels more solid than the Roayal Brackla lineup which was bottled at the same ABV. Continue reading