Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tasting: Chapter 7. Miltonduff 2008 - From a single Cask - 6 yrs.



Chapter 7.
Miltonduff – From a single Cask – 6 yrs

Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Non Chill-Filtered/No added colouring

Distillery: Miltonduff
Bottler: Chapter 7
Region: Speyside
Age: 6 Years Old
Proof/ABV: 65,1%
Distilled: 2008
Dk price: $79USD/550Dkk.  
Release: Limited 663 bottles release
Cask: Sherry

Points: 84/100


The Miltonduff distillery is a rather unknown distillery, mainly because they are no longer officially releasing whisky under the Miltonduff name. Miltonduff is still operational, but the majority of their whisky goes into Chivas Regal’s blended whiskies. However more than a handful of independent releases have started to see the light of day, and some of them are pretty old, like Hunter Lang’s 34 year old Miltonduff edition, bottled for their Old & Rare Platinum range.

The Miltonduff whisky distillery was founded by Robert Bain and Andrew Peary in 1824, and are located at Elgin, Morayshire in the Scottish whisky region Speyside. Nowadays Miltonduff is owned by Pernod Richard, who also owns the Chivas Regal brand.


Nose:
Rich and vibrant with notes of sherry and malt. Strawberry, dark chocolate, hay, tanned leather and tobacco. Just heaven, I have always been a fan-boy of leather and tobacco notes.    

Palate:
Boom. That 65,1% of alcohol defiantly throws a punch. Looks like I’m going to add a couple of drops of water, to loosen its grip. “Attaboy… Settle down please…That’s better!”
Very peppery wrapped in a chili base. Star anise, hazelnuts and a hint of sherry, but not a lot.      

Finish:
Long dry finish. The chili pepper lingers with a hint of vanilla.

Overall impression:
After being tamed with a couple of drops of water, it got a very nice soul warming a hot mouth feel to it. Nice bold flavors and actually very well rounded, even though the overall chili pepper profile. 
   

Review By: Hasse Berg

Photo by: Goldendrops.dk (All rights reserved)

Son of Winston Churchill has kindly been granted permission to use the photo in this review.   

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