Better known for its part in Ballentine’s blend, Miltonduff Distillery in Speyside is starting to be found more readily as a single malt. Which is a rather fine thing as past experiences with a 10 year and 21 year were most positive.
This particularly one was sampled blind in November 2019 as part of a very special evening exploring Chorlton bottlings.
Miltonduff 9 year 58.3%, 137 bottles
- Colour – Light straw
- Nose – Greeted us with varnish then shifted quickly into a rich heavy cream, stewed fruit like apricot and apples, tart strawberries, one found key lime pie, then light floral, hint of lavender, an organic sweet not saccharine, lactic, bread pudding, baked custard, cinnamon, banana cream pie, settling into a nice harmonious aroma which held…
- Palate – Initially reminded of a thick heavy cough syrup, it warmed the ‘cockles’, fig stew, rum raisins rolling around the tongue, a nice spice from behind comes in waves, bitter at the end, with such staying power, lots of toffee, shifting increasingly into a fresh green herbal quality
- Finish – Initially a white pepper finish but sip after sip it shifted more into licorice, basil
Despite the powerful flavours, it had a medium to thin body – no complaints just a comment.
A few of us decided to try adding a bit of water to see how it
- Nose – Oh my! Peppers, zesty, cinnamon spice, lemon or sweet lime, scented, sweet eraser, fruity and floral
- Palate – Nicely tangy, the perfume also was pronounced on the palate – almost like sipping a perfumed nectar, lots of character and clearly from a good cask
- Finish – The finish was delightfully extended
On the revisit, we found Brittania biscuits or Parle-G, so much coconut, condensed milk like chewing into a Bounty bar, sandalwood, ice cream, tangerine. Yum!
The Chaps over at Master of Malt have this to say:
This 9-year-old single malt Scotch from Miltonduff was aged in a first-fill bourbon barrel and bottled by Chorlton Whisky at natural cask strength of 58.3%, with no chill-filtering or added colouring. There was a total outturn of 137 bottles.
- Nose: Banoffee pie with custard and lemon peel, with a slight floral undertone.
- Palate: Creamy and rich, the palate has plenty of salted caramel, toasted barley and green apple. A touch of waxy grapefruit arrives with time.
- Finish: A jammy red berry note remains.
We also enjoyed these other Chorlton whiskies:
- Orkney 9 year 63.1% (aka Highland Park)
- Ruadh Maor 8 year 62.5% (aka Glenturret)
And earlier Miltonduff tasting experiences?
- Miltonduff 10 year 43% (G&MP)
- Miltonduff 21 year (1995/2016) 45.8% (TSC)
- Ballantine’s Signature Distillery Collection 17 year – Miltonduff
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