1 of only 320 bottles from cask 10615
Miltonduff is ranked 'Top Class' by blenders and is a key component in the Ballantine's and Teacher's blends. As a result little is available as a single – indeed, Allied Distillers, its owner, do not bottle the malt themselves. The cask is a hogshead and the colour full gold. The nose at natural strength is immediately reminiscent of warm vinyl in a new car, but soon becomes custard-cream biscuits and then tarte tatin, with a shake of cinnamon. Water alters the apple aroma, making it at once more 'brown' (windfall russet apples) and synthetic (Chewit sweets); cut flowers wilting in a vase. The mouth-feel is unctuous – soft, creamy and mouth-filling. The tarte tatin comes through clearly, perhaps now with a 'dod o'cream'. Very well balanced and mature for its age.