Check out the history of Deveron here. This brand is not that well known in the States, but the MacDuff distillery has been making this spirit for nearly 55 years. The name of the range fluctuated between Glen Deveron and MacDuff in the early years. Current managers Dewar and Sons have re-branded the range as simply “Deveron.” Deveron’s range of expressions includes a 10 year, 12 year and 18 year all bottled at 40% ABV. Only the 12 and 18 year old are available Stateside. I reviewed the 12 year old a while back so here’s the long-delayed review of the 18 year old.
Nose: oak spices, cinnamon, fresh orange citrus, vanilla, maple syrup
Mouth: very soft, orange citrus, honey, cloves, nutty, cereal, pears, nectarine
Finish: oak spices, smooth, sweet honey, orange citrus, medium, barley notes at end
Verdict: The nose has a scent of freshly squeezed orange juice, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup. On the mouth it’s very soft as one would expect from whisky bottled at 40% ABV. There’s loads of fruits on the tongue including orange and pears. After some time there are distinct nutty notes, cloves and cereal. The citrus flavor on the mouth is nicely balanced by the barley cereal notes on the back end. This whisky has the most orange citrus notes that I’ve ever tasted in a single malt. There’s more orange citrus on the finish which are complemented by oak spices. Overall this is a very smooth whisky that’s great for sipping. The Deveron 18 is a refreshing dram that’s pretty good on a hot summer day. No other single malt has done orange citrus quite the way this whisky does.