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.