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GLEN DEVERON
8 years old
40 %
(0ld Bottling)
WILLIAM LAWSON'S
GLEN DEVERON
Mac Duff Distillery
William Lawson Distillers Ltd, Banff

The  Eastern  Highlands

Begin jaren zestig verdrievoudigde de export van Schotse whisky en Brodie Hepburn
eigenaar van Tullibardine (hij zou in 1965 Deanston kopen) wist van de vraag naar
whisky voor blending doeleinden

Samen met de wijnhandelaren Block, Grey & Block en de lokale mensen George Crawford, Marty Dyke en leden van de familie Duff  werd Glen Deveron gesticht
in 1962 in Macduff, tegenover Banff aan het einde van de uitloop van de Deveron
in de baai van Banff

Glen Deveron kwam in 1963 in produktie

In 1965 kwam er een derde ketel bij en in 1967 werd het aantal ketels op vier gebracht

Van 1966 tot 1969 was Stanley P. Morrison (van Bowmore, Glen Garioch en Auchen-
toshan aandeelhouder in Glen Deveron

Een oneven aantal ketels is ongebruikelijk in Schotland, tot 1950 was er een wet die
verbood dat de Wash stills en Spirit stills gelijktijdig in bedrijf waren

De wet is intussen veranderd.

Auchentoshan, Talisker en Laphroiag hebben ook en oneven aantal ketels

In 1972 neemt William Lawson Distillers Ltd  Glen Deveron over

1980 General Beverage Corporation uit Luxemburg, onderdeel van Martini & Rossi
koopt William Lawson en de distilleerderij

In 1990 wordt een 5e ketel geïnstalleerd

In 1992 wordt Martini % Rossi overgenomen door Bacardi en Glen Deveron gaat deel
uit maken van John Dewar & Sons waartoe ook Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie
en Royal Brackla behoren

De vijf ketels van Glen Deveron bestaan uit twee Wash stills en drie Spirit stills

Het gebruikte water komt van de Gelly B

GLEN DEVERON
12 years old
40 %
(Old Bottling)
WILLIAM LAWSON'S
GLEN DEVERON
Mac Duff Distillery
William Lawson Distillers Ltd, Banff

GLEN DEVERON
12 years old
40 %
1978
Macduff Distillery, Banff

GLEN DEVERON
12 years old
40 %
1979

Macduff Distillery, Banff
Beside the ancient seaport and Royal Burgh of Banff, in the North East of Scotland, lies Macduff Distillery on the banks of the famous River Deveron. Whisky has been produced in this secluded valley for centuries, church records from the 1700's describe the local whisky as 'excellent'. Glen Deveron Single Malt Whisky is the most easterly of the soft and rounded Speyside Malts. Its special character is shaped ny its private water supply, the springs of the Howe of Gelly Mill. These water have passed through layers of peat and granite in a 15 mile underground journey to the distillery imparting a unique complex of minerals and water. Glen Deveron is distilled using traditional methods in copper stills by a small, dedicated work force whose craft skills have been handed down from father to son.
Glen Deveron Single Malt Whisky is carefully matured in oak casks which are stored unistur-bed in traditional earth-floored warehouses which allow moist sea air to circulate. Glen Deveron is of superb quality and is renowed for its smooth lingering finish.

GLEN DEVERON
12 years old
40 %
1983
Macduff Distillery, Banff

GLEN DEVERON
12 years old
40 %
LAST BOTTLE AND EMPTY
Season of Distillation 1990
Macduff Distillery, Banff

Glen Deveron Aged 15 years 40 % Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky " Where the Rivers meets the Sea" View of the Sandy ends in Banff Bay The Landscape of Glen Deveron by Banffshire Artist, Pearl Acton At the Ancient Seaport of Banff nature's Elements meet as the River Deveron's Black Waters break into the Expanses of the North Sea. GLEN DEVERON is crafted at the heart of this competing forces, a fine single malt of smooth, rich character Williams Lawson Distillers Ltd


The Eastern Highlands
GLEN DEVERON  also see MACDUFF


Banff, Banffshire. Licentiehouder: William Lawson Distillers Ltd. Onderdeel van General Beverage Corporation. Eigendom van Martini & Rossi

Macduff werd gebouwd in 1962 door Brodie Hepburn Ltd, samen met Block, Grey & Block Ltd.

De architect William Delmé - Evans was ook betrokken bij de bouw van Macduff distilleerderij maar dat is minder bekend

Hij was de architect van Tullibardine, Isle of Jura en Glenallachie

William Lawson vestigde zich in 1849 als whiskykoopman en blender, maar zijn onderneming was nooit een groot succes en leed jaren een kwijnend bestaan.

Na de tweede wereldoorlog werd de firma nieuw leven ingeblazen en in 1967 verhuisde William Lawson Ltd van Liverpool naar Coatbridge waar een bottel- en blending fabriek werd gebouwd.

In 1980 werd William Lawson Ltd gekocht door General Beverage Corporation te Luxemburg, een dochteronderneming van Martini & Rossi.

Vervolgens werd Macduff gekocht in 1972

Macduff ligt bij de stad aan de rivier de Deveron.

Sinds November 1990 wordt de 12 jaar oude single malt whisky als jaargangs malt uit-gebracht, te beginnen met jet jaar 1978.

Soms ook verkrijgbaar in handelaren bottelingen onder de naam Macduff.

Met de fusie van Guinness met Grand Metropolitan in 1997, komen het whiskymerk Dewar, en de distilleerderijen Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie en Royal Brackla in het bezit van Bacardi Martini.

Er worden zowel Sherry- als Bourbon vaten gebruikt voor rijping

In 1990 en 2000 werd de distilleerderij gedeeltelijk verbouwd

Glen Deveron produceert ongeveer 3.200.000 liter spirit per jaar (2009)

De eigen bottelingen dragen de naam Glen Deveron, de bottelingen van onafhankelijken
dragen de naam Macduff

De blend William Lawson wordt goed verkocht in Zuid - Europa en Mexico, ongeveer 12
miljoen flessen jaarlijks

Glen Deveron wordt vooral veel in Frankrijk verkocht

Glen Deveron is een lichte, moutige, iets aardse whisky, heel zuiver, schoon van smaak

Met de fusie van Guiness met Grand Metropolitan (GrandMet) in 1998 kwamen de distil-
leerderijen Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie en Royal Brackla en het merken Dewar en
Bombay (gin) in het bezit van Bacardi

Banff, Banffshire. Licentiehouder: William Lawson Distillers Ltd. Onderdeel van
General Beverage Corporation. Eigendom van Martini & Rossi

Begin jaren zestig verdrievoudigde de export van Schotse whisky en Brodie Hepburn
eigenaar van Tullibardine (hij zou in 1965 Deanston kopen) wist van de vraag naar
whisky voor blending doeleinden

Samen met de wijnhandelaren Block, Grey & Block en de lokale mensen George Crawford,
Marty Dyke en leden van de familie Duff werd Glen Deveron gesticht
in 1962 in Macduff, tegenover Banff aan het einde van de uitloop van de Deveron
in de baai van Banff

Glen Deveron kwam in 1963 in produktie

In 1965 kwam er een derde ketel bij en in 1967 werd het aantal ketels op vier gebracht

Van 1966 tot 1969 was Stanley P. Morrison (van Bowmore, Glen Garioch en Auchen-
toshan aandeelhouder in Glen Deveron

Een oneven aantal ketels is ongebruikelijk in Schotland, tot 1950 was er een wet die
verbood dat de Wash stills en Spirit stills gelijktijdig in bedrijf waren

De wet is intussen veranderd.

Auchentoshan, Talisker en Laphroiag hebben ook en oneven aantal ketels

In 1972 neemt William Lawson Distillers Ltd Glen Deveron over

1980 General Beverage Corporation uit Luxemburg, onderdeel van Martini & Rossi
koopt William Lawson en de distilleerderij

In 1990 wordt een 5e ketel geïnstalleerd

In 1992 wordt Martini % Rossi overgenomen door Bacardi en Glen Deveron gaat deel
uit maken van John Dewar & Sons waartoe ook Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie
en Royal Brackla behoren

De vijf ketels van Glen Deveron bestaan uit twee Wash stills en drie Spirit stills

Het gebruikte water komt van de Gelly Burn

2013
The Royal Burgh Collection is launched for Duty Free:

Glen Deveron 16, 30 and 30 years old

John Dewar & Sons launches Last Great Malts collection
24 September, 2014
John Dewar & Sons has announced plans to release a range of new expressions and single malts.
Aultmore, Aberfeldy, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Brackla will be launched under the "Last Great Malts" title - each release featuring an age statement.
The single malts will be released in phases as a complete set of five or in various combinations of the expressions in 10 initial markets around the world including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States and Global Travel Retail.
Stephen Marshall, single malts global marketing manager, said: "We have been patiently reserving casks and are now ready to share the five distinguished malts with whisky lovers around the world.
"Up until now, these amazing liquids have been Scotland's best-kept secret, known only to a few. Now we're appealing to single malt drinkers - people who like stories and enthusiasts who are interested in exploring the aromas of the world's most complex spirit."
Marshall told Drinks International: "If you ask whether we are doing it, the answer is probably yes."
Aultmore 12-year-old will be available from November with a 21-year-old Travel retail and 25-year-old released in limited qualities.
Aberfeldy is repackaged and available globally as a 12-year-old and 21-year-old, with an 18-year-old Travel Retail exclusive. A 16-year-old sherry finish and 30-year-old is set for a 2015 launch.
Craigellachie - a portfolio released for the first time - will be available a 13-year-old, 17-year-old, 19-year-old travel retail and limited 23-year-old.
In summer 2015, The Deveron 12-, 18- and 25-year-old single malts will be released.
Previously released as a limited edition 35-year-old £10,000 a bottle, Royal Brackla will be released in March as 12-year-old, 16-year-old and 21-year-old expressions.
John Burke, dark spirits category director, said: "The single malt category is one of our industry's great growth opportunities. We are blessed with five of Scotland's finest, high-quality whiskies.
"We have great respect for the category and are confident that each of the Last Great Malts will be a fitting addition to the repertoire of the most discerning single malt enthusiast."
The first showing of the Last Great Malts single malt collection will be at Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival starting on September 25

New Deveron expressions
September, 2015
John Dewar & Sons has announced the release of new expressions of its Deveron single malt scotch whisky.
From the MacDuff distillery, where the river Deveron meets the sea on the northern edge of Aberdeenshire, the new expressions are a 10 year-old Old (only available in France), 12 year-old and 18 year-old. These have never been released before and will be available from October.
Stephen Marshall, Bacardi's global marketing manager - single malts said: "The final one. We've done it and it tastes great. People underestimate the quality of whisky that can be made at a comparatively modern distillery, this is really top notch stuff. Get yourself up to Macduff, or if you can't then stick Local Hero on the telly and pour yourself a dram".

1960
Founded by Marty Dyke, George Crawford,
James Stirrat, Brodie Hepburn, who also has
interests in Tullibardine and Deanston
Name of the new company is The Macduff
Distillers Ltd
1964
Number of the stills is increased from 2 to three
1967
A new still is added, total now four
1972
Martini & Rossi, owners of General Beverage
Company, who owns William Lawson Distillers
acquires the distillery from Glendeveron
Distilleries
1990
The fifth still is added
1993
Bacardi buys Martnin & Rossi and transfer the
Macduff distillery to John Dewar & Sons
2013
The Royal Burgh Collection is launched for
duty free, 16, 20, 30 years old
2015
A new range is released 10, 12 18 years old
with the name Deveron
2020
Capacity: 3.400.000 Ltrs
Output: 3.25.000 Ltrs

Macduff is one of the newer distilleries in Speyside, having been founded in 1958. Morty Dyke, George Crawford, James Stirret, and Brodie Hepburn founded the distillery. Together, they formed Macduff Distilleries Ltd. Construction of the distillery was completed in 1960, and the first cask filling occurred in June the same year.

Country, Region:
Scotland, Highlands
Coordinates:
-2.512744 57.658035
Status:
Active
Company:
Bacardi
Still 1:
2 x 20,000 l
Normal
Still 2:
3 x 12,500 l
Pear
Fermenters:
9 x 32,000 l
Mashtun:
6 t
Founding year:
1958
Distillery output:
2,800,000 l

The Whisky
The Speyside distillery of Macduff has a range of official bottlings for the prospective buyer to choose from. The official expressions released by the site are a 16 year old, 20 year old, and 30 year old. All of these bottlings are actually released under the name of Glen Deveron. The distillery has changed its name a number of times throughout its history, and now operates under the name of Glen Deveron. In addition to these official releases, Macduff has also been bottled by a number of independent bottlers. Duncan Taylor has released a 45 year old bottle, which retailed at a phenomenal $2300. Gordon & MacPhail have released a 13 year old bottling, and Hunter Laing have a 21 year old bottling, which lay in a slightly more affordable price range. Additionally, Cadenhead and Signatory Vintage have also released independent bottlings. Independent bottlings of the spirit are often released under the name of ‘Macduff’, as opposed to ‘Glen Deveron’ used and legally protected by the distillery. Only about 10% of the malt whisky produced at the site is bottled as single malt whisky. This is due to the fact that the majority of the spirit distilled at the site is used as a major component in the Dewar’s, as well as the William Lawson blends.

The Production
The distillery has a production capacity of 2.4 million liters, and draws it water form local sources, including the Gelly burn, which lays adjacent to the distillery’s site.

The Pot Stills
The distillery has two wash stills and three spirit stills, which is a highly unusual set-up in Scotland.  The only other distillery to have such a production structure is Talisker on the Isle of Skye. The wash stills each have a capacity of 20’000 liters, while the spirit stills have a capacity of 12’500 liters. All of the stills have a traditional Speyside shape, with wide spherical lids and tall, conical necks. A not often seen specialty of the stills are the heavily bent lyne arms.

The Maltings
Macduff distillery sources its malt from an industrial source in Speyside. The Distillery uses a combination of peated and unpeated malt, depending on the purpose of the spirit that the site is distilling. The malt that is used in the production of the spirit intended to be sold as single malt is often slightly peated, which gives the single malt a gentle, smoky taste. The distillery also uses entirely unpeated malt, which is used both in the production of raw whisky intended to be sold as single malt, and intended for blending.

The Warehouse
Macduff has an impressive on-site warehouse facility, which houses the raw whisky which is intended to be sold as single malt, as well as the whisky to be used in blending. The site has a combination of both dunnage and racked warehouses. The distillery uses a combination of Sherry and Oak casks in which the whisky is aged.

The History
Macduff is one of the newer distilleries in Speyside, having been founded in 1958. Morty Dyke, George Crawford, James Stirret, and Brodie Hepburn founded the distillery. Together, they formed Macduff Distilleries Ltd.  Construction of the distillery was completed in 1960, and the first cask filling occurred in June the same year. In 1965, the number of stills at the distillery was increased from two to three. In 1967, another still was added, bringing the total at the distillery to four.  In 1972, William Lawson acquired the distillery.

Lawson managed the distillery until 1980, at which point the company was bought by Martini Rossi. Under Rossi’s direction, the distillery continued to expand, adding another still in 1990. In 1992, Rossi were bought by Bacardi, and the management of Macduff was transferred to John Dewar & Sons, a subsidiary of Bacardi. Dewar & Sons still manage the distillery today, and Macduff is a major component in their blends.

September 2020
Macduff Distillery celebrates 60 years of whisky production

Following the lifting of government controls on the distilling industry in 1959, including malt and grain rationing which had been in place since World War II, the door was opened to increase whisky production in Scotland and one of the first distilleries to be constructed was the new modern (for its time) Macduff Distillery near Banff in the east Highlands.

The Macduff Distillery distillery was founded by a group of Glasgow brokers - George T. Crawford, James Stirrat and Brodie Hepburn who together formed the Glendeveron Distillers Ltd. Brodie Hepburn from the group brought with him knowledge and experience of owning other distilleries such as the William Delme-Evans designed Tullibardine distillery which he purchased from William Delme-Evans in 1953, he was also later behind the founding of Deanston distillery in 1965 but before that it was architect William Delme-Evans who Brodie Hepburn and the rest of the Glendeveron Distillers Ltd turned to for the design of Macduff Distillery.

Filling the first cask at Macduff Distillery 16th June 1960 - Image copyright Bodies of Banff

Just over 60 years ago, 16th June 1960, the Macduff Distillery in Banffshire filled its first cask of single malt whisky, Cask #1 was filled by two of the Glendeveron Distillers Ltd founders and their wives, Mr & Mrs James Stirrat and Mr & Mrs George T. Crawford.

Macduff Distillery official opening invite 1st September 1960 photo copyright Bodies of BanffHowever the official opening of the Macduff Distillery didn't take place until around 10 weeks later, in fact it was exactly 60 years ago, on Thursday, 1st September, 1960 and it was officially opened by Colonel Sir George W. Abercromby, 8th Baronet, D.S.O. Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire. The official opening was attended by local business people, members of the whisky industry and the local press and the 1st September is the date the distillery marks their anniversary each year, as it was the moment Macduff distillery went officially ‘into the whisky business’.

Even some of the most ardent whisky connoisseurs amongst you could be forgiven for not recognising Macduff Distillery, as the single malt whisky it produces today does not carry the distillery name, you may be more familiar with Glendeveron single malt whisky or more recently in 2015 the single malt was rebranded 'The Deveron', at least the whisky available in the domestic market was, for some reason they chose to retain the name Glendeveron for the Macduff distillery's travel retail offerings.

Back in 1960, Macduff Distillery’s first manager was James Nicol who oversaw the bottling of its first whisky in 1968 – a five-year-old, labelled ‘Macduff Pure Highland Malt Scotch Whisky’. The reason the whisky hasn't retained the name Macduff is the Distillers' Company Limited, now Diageo, own the brand name Macduff.

Following the late 1960s Macduff Pure Highland Malt 5 year old bottling there was a mid-1970s release of a Glendeveron 8 year old. There was also a Glendeveron 12 year old year old in the 1980s and more recently there was a 10 year old.

Most of the whisky produced since the distillery's construction has gone into blends such as the current owners, (Barcardi) John Dewar & Sons, very popular William Lawson's Scotch blended whisky although some has been sold as single malt under the name Glendeveron over the years.

In 2013 things began to change when (Barcardi) John Dewar & Sons, launched the the global travel retail exclusive Glen Deveron Royal Burgh Collection which was made up of three single malts - Glen Deveron 16 Year Old, Glen Deveron 20 Year Old and Glen Deveron 30 Year Old. Each is made with previously unreleased rare, aged whiskies hand-selected from the distillery’s private reserve.

This was followed in late 2015 when John Dewars & Sons rebranded the single malt 'The Deveron' and launched The Deveron 10, 12 and 18 year old into the domestic market.

Today, Jamie Winfield holds the prestigious Macduff Distillery Manager title, he commented: "The distillery’s history and its importance to the local area is always front of mind when I walk in each morning. It’s a real privilege to be part of its past, present and future as we build on generations of craftsmanship and skill, alongside the very latest technology, to create incredible whiskies that are enjoyed around the world. This week, both here at the distillery and with our 7,000-strong global Bacardi family, we’re taking a moment to celebrate a successful 60 years in the whisky business for Macduff – here’s to many more fantastic years to come!"

The Macduff Distillery team 2020 celebrates 60 years of whisky production.

Based in Glasgow, Jacqueline Seargeant, Global Heritage Manager for Bacardi, is responsible for archiving the rich history of Bacardi’s distilleries in Scotland. She comments, "At Bacardi we have 158 years of history, going right back to the founding of the company in Cuba in 1862. Recording and sharing those stories is what my team and I do every day. I’ve loved delving into the archives ahead of the Macduff 60th and uncovering the news cuttings, photographs and even video footage which documents the distillery’s past.

"It was a significant moment for the local area when Macduff opened its doors. There was an official opening on 1st September 1960 which was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Colonel Sir George W. Abercromby 8th Baronet D.S.O, as well as local business people, members of the whisky industry and the local press. That’s the date we mark our anniversary each year, as it was the moment Macduff distillery was officially ‘in business’.

"This period was the dawning of a new era in distilling processes. Production at Macduff was simple and compact, focusing on energy saving techniques such as lagged pot stills which were also steam heated and the use of gravity instead of pumps. It’s fantastic to see that respect for the distillery’s beautiful natural surroundings still firmly in place today.

"From changes in ownership to adapting to changes in technology and whisky production techniques, it’s been a fascinating journey for Macduff over the last six decades, and I have no doubt there will be many more amazing stories to come."


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