Miltonduff 1999 17 Years Old (Single Malts of Scotland)
When I started writing my notes for the Miltonduff 1999 17 Years Old from Single Malts of Scotland, I was surprised to learn I’ve never reviewed a Miltonduff before. But there’s a first for everything!
Owned by Chivas Brothers, a big chunk of Miltonduff’s productions ends up in Ballantine’s, one of the best-selling blends in the world. Refill-bourbon cask #5012 however was saved from oblivion, and has now been bottled as a single cask.
Miltonduff 1999 17 Years Old (54,8%, Single Malts of Scotland, C#5012)
Nose: Zesty and lemony (pickled) with lime juice, green grapes and white pepper. Also some soft notes of overripe banana, cactus juice and wine gums.
Taste: Warming with a fun spicy edge. Cloves and black pepper. Certainly lemons again, as well as pink grapefruit and peaches. Oh, and the lime makes an encore too. Some bitter wood notes.
Finish: Some bitterness and spiciness, with more fruit towards the end.
Fun and somewhat different. It’s always good to be distinguishable, and this Miltonduff certainly is. Available at The Whisky Exchange.
Sample provided by Speciality Drinks
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.