Miltonduff 1983 29 Years Old SMWS 72.30
Like all bottlings from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, this Miltonduff 1983 29 Years Old has a catchy name: Fruit, fruit, fruit! That’s quite a promise to make.
This Miltonduff was bottled in 2013 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. After 29 years of maturing in a refill bourbon hogshead, it produced 221 bottles.
Miltonduff 1983 29 Years Old (49,9%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, C#72.30)
Nose: This leaves a very mature first impression. Properly aged. Beeswax and coconut shavings, accompanied by vanilla and an array of fruit. Peach, apfelstrudel, mango and peach. Plenty of depth here.
Taste: Thick and oily, just the way I like it. The first hit is quite spicy, with black pepper and ginger, then pivoting to slightly bitter oak and polished leather. Not as fruity as the name and the nose both suggest, but there’s still some room for peach and lemon peel.
Finish: Peppery and drying, before returning to a fruitier finale. Medium in length.
The nose promised more than the palate could live up to, but this is highly enjoyable still. Certainly worth your while if you ever come across it.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.