This Miltonduff was bottled by one of Scotland’s oldest indies: Gordon & Macphail. It was released in their famous Cask Strength series at – doh! – cask strength. It is a first fill sherry cask, which the beautiful, dark color underlines.
The nose is dark and sweet, but at first shows something very floral, almost perfumy, and quite herbal. Think broth. Luckily that evaporates to make room for raisins, candied orange peel and roasted nuts. Plums and a hint of chocolate (praline) kicks in forcefully when I put my nose in the glass a second time. Cuberdons and mokatine in the distance. That is much better.
The body and palate are just fine. It is now mostly sweet on plums, oranges, (a lot of) raisins and pastry. Caramal and woodspice kick in. The floral element is not to be found on the palate, which is just as well.
The finish is fairly long and a touch spicy, but it is mostly the dark and sweet character that lingers the longest. Fine!
Lovely Miltonduff that got quite a personality from the sherry cask.