Milltonduff from Elgin is another one of those noble unknowns. Like Glenburgie, it is one of the more important malts in the famous blend Ballentine’s. And like Glenburgie, it really is worth getting to know it as a malt. By the way, did you know that it was at Miltonduff that from 1964 onward for twenty years they created another malt, using two Lomond still? That’s right. Mosstowie. But I digress. This single cask – a sherry butt – was shared between Europe and Maltoyama in Japan. It’s the very first Miltonduff bottled by Asta Morris.
Cola! That is the first thing that pops into my brain when I put my nose in the glass of this very high strength malt. But it does not burn at all. It seduces all the more. Very fruity on plums, blueberries, white currants and gooseberries. Melon. Mirabelles and Reine Claude. Then some apricot pastry, some earthy notes and some cinnamon. This is simply wonderful and I am a fan from the first moment.
Looking for an example of perfectly integrated alcohol? This is it. Sturdy fellow, sure, but delicious without water. Again berries, but now upholstered by lots of agrum. Think oranges and grapefruit, lime and pomelo. It’s all in the details. Take your time for it and enjoy.
The finish is long, without any bite and deliciously sweet. Clings to the teeth. Even after half an hour, I can still taste it.
Top dram! And only 7 years old. My favorite Asta Morris release from 2019 (so far). Not even 60 EUR. Recommended! Hopefully available in your neck of the woods…