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Overall rating
88.62/100
votes
49
Whiskybase ID
WB120140
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Cask Series 006
Vintage
11.1981
Bottled
09.2018
Stated Age
36 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Number of bottles
176
Strength
53.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
31 Oct 2018 7:46 pm by virus154
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 348.95

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Whisky Reviews for Miltonduff 1981 NSS

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.62 points

  1. Falnor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A great expresion if you like a spicy whisky that shows age and character.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Oranges and other citrus fruit. Lime and some candy. A lot a different spices, the oak is quite loud. Some nutmeg and even cloves. Peppers and spicy paprika. Dry leaves and grass. Roasted chestnuts.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mouthcoating and rich. Mandarin, orange peeling and ripe bananas. Bitter oak, spices like ginger, chilli and cardamom. Peaches from a can, yeah with syrop.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Warm and dry dusty furniture, vanilla and some custard. Creamy butter and green apple

  2. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, I have to agree with thijs100’s earlier review. Too much spices and oak (bitterness) on the palate and finish. The high ABV also shouts too loud, even after adding some water (which also makes it even more spicy). A very bold dram it is. I’m really missing the typical orchard fruits that I remember from other Miltonduffs that I tried. It’s just overpowering and missing fruitiness for such an old dram. Out of balance. Will experiment further with water now that my bottle has been opened but my first impression is very disappointing. Interesting to see that this malt receives quite polarising ratings. I paid 310€ for this bottle. I had quite high regards about North Star Spirits but this one is a letdown if you ask me. Spend your money on something else...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A whisky that has probably spent just a little too long in the cask. The oaky bitterness is a tad too present to my liking.
    • Nose
      Oily and with lots of sweet orange juice and slightly bitter orange peel. There's a whisper of varnish and malt, with just a hint of vanilla pods and marmalade. Finally a whiff of puff pastry and lemon yoghurt. Good balance.
    • Taste
      Nice creamy mouthfeel, with a sugary sweet, honeyed arrival, ensued by an array of spices, such as nutmeg, but also cinnamon and ginger, and an oaky bitterness. There's some room for a mango fruitiness too.
    • Finish
      Lingering bitterness, whiffs of sweet fruits. Medium in length.

  4. larswehmeier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Intense old dram. Great maturity. Bottled just in time.
    • Nose
      Lots of tobacco and cedar wood. Strong spices, especially cardamom and paprika powder.
      With a lot of time it becomes more and more fruity. Very ripe fruit, especially banana.
    • Taste
      Very spicy. Lots of oak, spices and tobacco. Beautifully reflects the nose. It also takes a while in the mouth before it becomes fruity and sweeter.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy. Pleasantly dry.

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Orange, peach, apple, marzipan, vanilla and wood spice.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Nutty, slightly smoky. A bit over the tipping point, just a bit too dry and bitter. Almond, orange, apple, glue and a spiciness. Water adds coconut.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Cashew, peanut, almond, apple and orange.

  6. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not too refined despite it's age, but a ton of spices here in exchange. 88/89.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Floral. Spicy oak, varnished wood, waxy fruits, honey, vanilla and orange marmalade.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy and bittersweet. Matured oak, honey, orange peel, unripe banana, nutmeg and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length, spicy, fruity.

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Perfect Timing
    Miltonduff is one of those distilleries you do not often come across. There are hardly any official releases. The lion’s share goes to the blenders, with Ballantine’s as the best known one. In my glass is a Miltonduff from 1981 that slept in the cask for no less than 36 years and was bottled by Iain Croucher, the Glaswegian who launched the very popular North Star Spirits a few years ago. This Miltonduff was released in September 2018.

    I immediately get some wood spices on the nose. The oak is very loud. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, cloves and paprika. Than quite a bit of nuts and some chestnuts. Something musty like dried autumn leaves next to my Dad’s garage. Luckily there is also a good dose of honey, Sevilla oranges and some dried aprictots. Spicy sweet and good.

    Very oily and rich on the palate with oranges, peel included, and mango. Mandarin from a tin can. But again the oak puts its foot down. Powerful peppers, grated ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon – there is not end to this. Very spicy. That makes for a good balance between the sweetness of the fruit and the bitterness of the wood.

    The finish is medium long on sweet mango, bitter oranges and cinnamon.

    Impressive Miltonduff and bottling-wise probably perfect timing. I do not think it would survive another few years on the cask. With a price tag of around 300 EUR, this is not cheap, but it certainly is great. Thanks, Manny!

  9. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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