Review: Miltonduff 10 Years Old Distillery Labels
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Miltonduff Distillery
Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Distillery Labels
Cost: £31.33 buy from Master of Malt
What they say:
Light and delicate.
Balanced; sweet and round.
First fill and refill Sherry casks.
Easy drinking – soft flavours and a rounding sweetness.
Nose without water
Soft esters with fruity aromas – red apples – followed by sweet fudge notes.
Palate without water
Cereal flavours with spicy and treacle notes.
Nose with water
Fruity aromas – raisins – with fragrant heather and cereal notes.
Palate with water
Sweet, fruity cereal flavours with a spicy edge accompanied by floral/freshly cut grass notes.
What I say:
A rarity these days, Miltonduff distillery doesn’t produce an official standard bottle of single malt whisky. A few limited releases through Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard) recently in their The Distillery Reserve Collection, which tend to be single cask editions or similar are all we have officially to judge Miltonduff by, however masses of Independent bottlings are produced by practically every bottler known. This 10 year old expression produced under Gordon & MacPhail’s Distillery Labels range is aged for 10 years in first fill and refill sherry casks and is popularly considered the best Independently bottled equivalent of a standard expression. Thus we are sampling this one as part of our Back to Basics 2018 programme as the staple 10 year old Miltonduff.
Bright gold (9/20), oily and slow forming rare medium tears appear leaving long straight legs
Softened muscovado sugar and baked apples on the nose this has hints of fudge and tablet, pear, apple, apricot and other soft fruit aromas as well as hints of soft leathery tannins confirm the sherry cask maturation, heather honey and sandalwood incense sticks round out this hugely pleasant nose.
Baked and softened fruits with touches of sugar, fudge and honey but with a sticky-back plastic backing that coats the palate with some peppery-spiced and dry/grassy cereal notes, much akin to Rye leaving drying tannins in its wake, a drop of water softens this expression revealing more orchard fruits, butter tablet, leather and oak tannins with sandalwood hints
Medium, baked apple & pear and oaky wood with a touch of pepper
A pleasant expression which even at 40% ABV reveals different facets with or without a drop of water added. Personally I feel it’s strength lies in the relaxed & softened baked fruit and honey character, so preferred this one after a drop of water was added.
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