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From 1964 until 1984, Miltonduff also had two Lomond stills, which enabled then-owner Hiram Walker to provide enough bulk whisky for the blenders, primarily Ballantine’s. But with declining demand, the Lomond stills were decommissioned in 1981 and taken down in 1984. The malt these Lomond stills produced was named Mosstowie and is quite hard to find nowadays. This bottling from Gordon & Macphail is my very first Mosstowie!
The nose is soft like a baby’s behind and very sweet on all kinds of stewed fruit, mostly from the Dark Side (sorry, I have been watching Star Wars again). That is the sherry speaking, of course. Quite a bit of caramel, actually. Baking butter. Hints of garden herbs. Pleasant.
Oily on the palate, with a nice spiciness from nutmeg and cloves. Caramel and sherry again, but quite powerful despite only 46% ABV. Even a whiff of smoke. Nice without being grand.
In the medium long finish that smokiness really shines.
Liquid history, people! Let us not forget that Mosstowie stopped producing over 30 years ago. Hence the heave price tag of over 500 EUR.