Miltonduff sells most of its production to the blenders. Ballantine’s is their biggest client, followed closely by Teacher’s and Old Smuggler. And the house blends of Chivas Regal, of course. But the German bottler Liquid Treasures was able to secure this bourbon hogshead that was put to sleep in 1995. Hence this Miltonduff is 22 years old.
The nose is very round and rich with loads of butterscotch, plums, baked banana and blood oranges. There is a green side to it. Think hay and freshly cut grass, but also some gooseberries and mint. Add some chocolate, candied sugar and cigar leaves and the picture is perfect. This is a very pleasant nose, that invites further exploration.
It is oily on the palate, almost creamy, but despite the high ABV not really hot. Perfectly quaffable without water. That is a good thing. Wonderful notes of blood oranges, candied figs and apricots, green banana this time and almond powder. Dark brown sugar, mint and a hint of anise… There is a lot going on here and it keeps developing. Very good.
The finish is very long, spicy and warm, but deliciously sweet at the same time.
I am happy to say that this is one of the best Miltonduff I have had the pleasure of tasting.