Bought: Sainsbury’s, 27th July 2016
87.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2017
80.68/100 – Whiskybase (average from 24 member votes)
88/100 – Scotch Test Dummies (their You Tube review below)
The ‘Deveron’ is a re-launch of the old ‘Glen Deveron’, a brand name by the Macduff distillery. Towards the end of 2014 John Dewar & Sons Ltd decided to repackage 5 of their distillery brands under the title of ‘Last Great Malts’, which were Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Royal Brackla and The Deveron. You can watch their You Tube promotional video here.
Personally I quite liked the old Aberfeldy packaging but the ‘Glen Deveron’ desperately needed to be brought into the 21st century. The new frosted bottle has plenty of style but is the whisky inside any good? The old Glen Deveron 10yo that this new 12yo replaces scores 73.7/100 on Whiskybase from 70 votes compared to nearly 81/100 for the 12yo. It seems it’s not just the packaging that’s improved. The Deveron has become a tasting contender and could well tempt people to part with £35.
Here’s ‘Scotch Test Dummies’ with their review on You Tube (February 2016):