Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Miltonduff 10 G&M + 7 Sherry DL Reviews [When in Rome]

Hi everyone,

What can I tell you about Miltonduff?
Well, it’s an obscure distillery, although it’s massive. It’s owned by Pernod Ricard (owner of Glenlivet) and most of the whisky ends up in Ballentine’s with very, very little making it to single malts.
However, sometimes independent bottlers get their hands on some casks and bottle it… um, independently. So, if you’re looking to try it, they’re probably your best bet.
This first one I tasted recently at a trade event in Rome.

Miltonduff 10 Gordon & MacPhail 40%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: A really malty one, slightly earthy, green apple, refill oak.
Taste: Soft, a little watery, malt, biscuit, vanilla, shortbread and green apple.
Finish: Medium length. A little harsh ginger and chocolatey malt.
I like these old world-y style labels, and this is pretty good value for the price.
67/100

And as a bonus, because I’m unlikely to come back to Miltonduff anytime soon, here’s the only other Milton I’ve tasted:

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Miltonduff 2005 Provenance 46%
Colour: Amber
Body: Medium
Nose: A bit of a strange mix. Acidic, sour, yeast and sweet Sherry. Biscuit, cola, dry herbs, ginger biscuit, sour dough, malt vinegar, vinaigrette, sour cream, dry Sherry, a little vanilla.
Taste: Gentle arrival, quite sweet with Sherry and oak, lots of mint, some spice- Ginger, acidity building with some citrus, lemon and orange, malt vinegar, oak building into the finish.
Finish: Medium length. Sweet and acidic with quite a lot of oak for a 7yo.
Distilled Autumn 2005, bottled 2012. 7yo from a single Sherry butt. But I think the Bourbon barrels of the G&M 10 work better with the spirit.
65/100

Thanks for reading!

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