The Macduff Distillery


The Macduff distillery was designed by the famous Scottish architect, Charles C. Doig, and was built in a traditional style, with copper pot stills and wooden washbacks. Originally known as the Glen Deveron distillery, Macduff is based just outside Banff in Aberdeenshire.

Between 1966 and 1972, Brokers Block, Grey & Block oversaw operations at the distillery until it was acquired by William Lawson, the whisky division of Martini & Rossi.

Throughout its existence, Macduff has gradually increased its production capacity and by 1990, its Italian owners had expanded the number of stills from two to five.

In 1995, Martini merged with Bacardi and the Macduff distillery joined Dewar’s portfolio alongside other notable distilleries such as Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, and Royal Brackla.

Independent bottlings of the spirit produced here are often released under the name of ‘Macduff’, as opposed to the  ‘Glen Deveron’ brand which is used and legally protected by the distillery for their official bottlings.

Just 10% of the output produced at Macduff is bottled as Single Malt Whisky. The reason for this is that the majority of spirit is used as a primary ingredient in the Dewar’s and William Lawson Blends.

The whisky produced at Macduff is well received and has gained a reputation for its quality, with many whisky enthusiasts praising its smooth, sweet taste and delicate aroma.

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