Whisky Review: Miltonduff 2008 Post-Octave
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Miltonduff distillery
- Bottling: Duncan Taylor, The Octave, IB
- ABV: 52.6%
- Cost: ?
What they say
For many years, Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Ltd. has experimented in the use of differing cask sizes for the maturation of Single Malt and Single Grain Scotch whiskies. The research stemmed from a simple premise that there is more interaction between the wood and the spirit over a shorter period of time in a small cask than in a large cask, therefore allowing a more rapid “melding” of wood, air and alcohol.
What I say
Thanks to Duncan Taylor for the sample.
Distilled at Miltonduff in 2008 matured in an ex-bourbon cask and transferred to a sherry octave cask for an indeterminate finishing period.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Deep coppery gold (8/20), quick medium tears leave slightly thicker legs.
- Nose: Fuller and richer, a heady mix of dried fruits, drying leather and spices, dates, figs and fresh lemon and cereal combine to create puff pastry lemon rolls, hints of toffee and caramel, still a touch of fresh florals too.
- Taste: Medium-full bodied, oilier, caramel sauce and honey, white pepper and cinnamon spice, toffee and creamy milk chocolate with hints of ginger and chilli pepper, plum sauce & baked banana.
- Finish: Medium-long, spiced dates and orange zest.
A much more complete whisky, more body and some dried-fruit and further addition of spices more than fill in the gaps where the Pre-Octave sample was a little lacking. Nice to see plenty of elements of the original retained especially that fresh floral and lemon on the nose.
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