Miltonduff 14 Years Old 1998 – Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)

57.6% ABV, £70 for 70cl

Score: 88/100

What MoM say:

This was distilled at the Miltonduff distillery in early 1998 before a 14 year maturation in a wine-finished cask (number 3611). It was bottled at natural cask strength for Carn Mor in 2012.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Spicy nose with hints of tobacco and raspberries. Dried strawberries, a little malt.

Palate: Creamy, liquorice-like palate entry. Red berry fruits and thick malt. Hints of kirsch and black pepper.

Finish: Peppery, fruity finish.


What I say:

Miltonduff is another Speyside distillery with a string of owners since it started. The majority of Miltonduff malt is destined for blending in the popular Ballantines range, official bottligs are hard to come by and are usually sold directly by the distillery. My curiosity was peaked by this particular expression as not only does it hale from Miltonduff at a time previous to the latest owner [Pernod Ricard took over in 2005], but it was also matured in an ex-wine cask. I have become quite a fan of wine-finished or matured whiskies over the last few years as I have delved into the various types of wine [and other!] casks used and recognise the elements they add. This 3cl Drinks by the Dram sample was purchased for £5.76.


Rich orange gold


Hugely perfumed with floral honeysuckle and orange blossom, Ginger, cinder toffee, spicy nutmeg and cinnamon


Oily and chewy this has warming cinnamon spices, sweet orange barley, golden syrup and tangy heather honey, plenty of candy flavours and hints of beeswax


The finish is medium length, very pleasant and mellow with lots of cereal barley malt and sweet honey

Would I buy it again:

Definitely, this is a most unusual expression and has to be the first in which we discovered some of the typically spicy nutmeg and cinnamon flavours actually packed into the aroma! Very difficult to guess what kind of wine finishing this has experienced but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was some type of Dessert wine as there was a lot of sweetness imbued into this whisky. A hugely complex and full-bodied whisky but packed full of complimentary and interesting flavours and aromas – this was simply delicious to drink! I will be keeping a keen eye out for more both from Miltonduff and especially from the Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask range.