Milford single malt is a reminiscence of Willowbank Distillery (also known as Wilson), which operated in Dunedin (the second largest city on the New Zealand South Island) from 1974 to 1997.
In 1981 Seagram took over operations and launched Lammerlaw single malt, which gained modest popularity, but times were tough for whisky producers and even with Seagram’s marketing power the distillery was not to be able to survive. The New Zealand Single Malt Whisky Company formed in the early 2000s acquired the remaining stock, roughly 80000 liters, and introduced the Milford brand. Here is a unique single barrel expression; whisky distilled in 1990 spent over 18 years in ex-bourbon barrel no. 90 and was bottled at natural strength of 58.4% abv in 2010.
Nose: sweet and oaky, vanilla, caramel, hay barn, green grapes, gooseberries, dash of cinnamon, touch of tobacco, oak and delicate briny notes.
Palate: slightly spirity, breakfast cereals, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, cloves, apples, gooseberries, touch of hay and good amount of oak tannins.
Finish: medium long, oaky and spirity with notes of vanilla, hay and rather shy fruity notes.