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I remember trying this malt for the first time at the whisky festival in Ghent in 2014, but I was unable to score a sample at the time. I rectified this at another festival last May. And now I can sit down with it and try it at leisure: Miltonduff 1995 from A.D. Rattray.
The nose is creamy and hearty. Butterscotch, vanilla and plums. But also green notes like nettles and freshly cut grass. It has an interesting sour edge like gooseberries. Anise? Almonds? Adding water makes it more fruity. More citrus, mostly. With a leaf of mint.
It is very powerful and needs water to douse it a bit. Nevertheless, I get quite a bit of fruit already, both sweet and sour as well as some spices like pepper, ginger and liquorice. With water it becomes wonderfully fruity and sweet and gets the spices under control. The almonds and plums shine brighter than the rest. The sour edge is gone.
The finish is medium long on more of the same.
Wonderful summer dram which – let me put on my helmet – is a joy with a cube of ice on a sunny terrace. All this for 79 EUR is a nice deal.