Here is another unique whisky from the Belgian club McShelfie. Remember the Stairway to Orkney, in which they transferred some 50 liters to an oloroso sherry octave? They did they exact same with this Miltonduff. Originally matured on a bourbon cask, it was transferred to the sherry cask at 58.2% and left for 7 months. Then it was bottled at 56.6% with a much darker color. Let’s give this one a go.
Milk chocolate! That is the very first thing I get when nosing this malt. And mocha. Lots of it. Roasted chestnut and some hay. But also a lot of wood. Grainy wood, oak, freshly sawed with shavings. Admitted, there are some lovely notes of melon, baked apples and dried apricots – drenched in honey with a pinch of cinnamon – but the wood dominates.
On the palate, it is quasi-creamy and immediately very spicy. Again the wood that clearly had a big influence on this whisky. The first fill oloroso octave was hyperactive, I’d say. I am having a hard time finding the fruit from the nose. Feisty, almost piquant. Dark and sweet, sure, but the wood also dominates he palate, making this somewhat sharp.
The finish is long, piquant and dry.
A whisky with a lot of wood. Something to drink in autumn, in my book. Thanks, Patrick.