Miltonduff Distillery (officially founded in 1824) sits on the site of Pluscarden Abbey, which owned a brewery and probably a distillery as early as in the 13th Century.
In 1936 Miltonduff was purchased by Hiram Walker & Sons and soon became a major component of Ballantine blends. Currently the distillery is equipped with three pairs of stills and produces 5.8 million liters of spirit per annum. Almost entire output is used for blending thus bottlings of Miltonduff single malt are scarce. Miltonduff presented here was distilled on January 23, 1978 and aged in ex-sherry butt no. 1685 for 21 years. Bottled at natural strength of 59.2% abv as part of Signatory Vintage Collection in January 1999 with an outrun of 535 bottles.
Nose: strong sherry statement, rum-soaked raisins, prunes, bitter oranges, dark chocolate, almonds, dried leaves and flowers and hints of candle wax.
Palate: rich, heavy sherry notes, bitter chocolate, espresso, prunes, bitter orange marmalade, bay leaves, dash of pepper and coriander.
Finish: long, with notes of sherry, dried fruit, pepper, licorice, oak and just a pinch of salt.