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    Deveron Single Malt Whisky

    The Deveron – until recently known as Glen Deveron – comes from Macduff Distillery, which stands on the east bank of River Deveron, within sight of where the river joins the Moray Firth, between the Royal Burgh of Banff and the active fishing harbour of Macduff.
    It was designed by William Delmé Evans, the leading distillery architect and engineer of the day, for a syndicate led by Banff’s Town Clerk, Bertie Cumming, and including a whisky blender, a whisky broker and a solicitor. It contained a number of innovative features – steel fermentation vessels instead of Oregon pine washbacks, horizontal shell and tube condensers instead of worm tubs, stills heated by four inch diameter copper steam coils instead of by direct firing, and most unusually, the pots of the stills were completely lagged, the lagging extending to the bottom of the still neck. When it went into production in 1960, it attracted a good deal of interest from the trade.
    When the investors sought to register ‘Macduff’ as a trademark, two whisky companies objected – one on the grounds that they already owned the name and the other that it might be confused with their existing brand MacLeay Duff. Hence the adoption of the name Glen Deveron.

    In 1972 the distillery was bought by the Italian drinks company, Martini & Rossi, which also owned the William Lawson brand of blended Scotch, which, although unavailable in the UK, sells around 15 million bottles annually, mainly in Southern Europe and Mexico. In spite of the pressure that this put on Macduff’s production, the owners were bottling Glen Deveron as a single malt (at 5 years old), and by the mid-1970s it was the third best selling malt in the world.
    Martini & Rossi merged with Bacardi in 1992, to become Bacardi-Martini, then bought John Dewar & Sons (together with Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie and Royal Brackla Distilleries) in 1998, after the Monopolies & Mergers Commission insisted that the recently established United Distillers & Vintners (a merger of Independent Distillers & Vintners with United Distillers - now Diageo) divest itself of a major brand. John Dewar & Sons is now the registered owner, and repackaged and re-launched Glen Deveron as The Deveron in 2013.
    The fishing village of Macduff was laid out by James Duff, Second Earl of Fife, in 1783, and became a leading herring port in the 19th century, curing and exporting fish in barrels direct to the Baltic ports. There was considerable rivalry between Macduff and its ancient and elegant neighbour, theRoyal Burgh of Banff.

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