Millburn 1969

Overall rating
90.89/100
votes
211
Whiskybase ID
WB3195
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1969
Bottled
04.2005
Stated Age
35 years old
Strength
51.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L5175CM0000227582i
Barcode
5000281019741
Added on
25 aug 2008 9:02 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2119.68

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Whisky reviews for Millburn 1969

37 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.89 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic Millburn, quite unique and disconcerting.
    Superb complexity, with a real evolution between the nose and the mouth.
    • Nose
      94 94
      What a nose!
      Some Rare Malts get us used to juices that are quite mouth-watering and this is not the case.
      A brilliant and chiseled orange, with a crystalline peach juice, and a hint of tropical fruits.
      Scone, accompanied by a small swig of salted butter, and drizzled with fir honey. Light meringue.
      Light star anise and eucalyptus, mixed with lemon zest.
      Very light peat and smoke.
    • Taste
      92 92
      On the palate, the fruit is less vibrant, and the profile is more tertiary and austere.
      Star anise, light hay, orange zest, lemon.
      Light rancio, very salty walnut oil. Old Sherry.
      Motor oil, copper.
      Smoke, herbaceous peat, pepper.

      Blindfolded, I would have gone to Brora.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Finish on old Amontillado, on salted walnut, orange zest, motor oil, beeswax, dry hay.
      Peat, smoke, eucalyptus and anise. Nice freshness.

  2. Gil firth scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Oak, fruits, smoke, hessian. Complex and powerful.
    This is one unique bottle.

  3. paulusgaming scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Nose:

    Fantastic, caramel, dunnage oak, apricot, sun dried tomatoes, eucalyptus, panettone with orange canditi, oregano, cloves, lemon juice, anise, light flowers, soot, diesel, old cheese

    Palate:

    Oily as hell, apricots, oranges, peach, diesel, soot, engine oil, cattle feed, tobacco, beeswax, parrafin, pepper, caramel, wasabi, dried fish, liquorice, earth, peat

    Finish:

    Long, warming, waxy, dunnage oak, apricots, caramel, honey, spring onions, juniper

    Overall:
    This just makes everything from the tasting come together, more complex than the RM25, but less oily. All in all these are about on par. Same with the Cadenhead's 31. These are just the pinnacle of scotch whisky. Absolutely among the best stuff i've ever tried.

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  5. notesofmalt scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Millburn 1969 - 2005, 35 years, 51.2% alc. Original bottling (Rare Malts Selection). Expansion: No information

    Nose: Complex, I don't even know where to start. A mixture of banana pulp, peaches, apricot jam, old books and ship's rope meets my needs, along with the smell of wood from many a furniture store. Behind it I find more herbal notes, camphor and mountain pine, some fir green and forest floor, a hint of eucalyptus. In addition, a delicate touch of peat and forge fire,

    Palate: Beeswax and tobacco meet black tea. In addition a salted nut mixture, strong oak, sandalwood, pepper and various herbal aromas with thyme, eucalyptus and cress. Here, too, I find a light fruitiness, but you have to look for it a bit. Mirabelles and unripe and still quite crunchy apricots.

    Finish: Very long and spicy, slightly dry. Salted peanuts, oak, pepper and ginger, some solvent.

    Conclusion: A whisky close to perfection, at least for lovers of highly complex aroma profiles. A wonderful experience that we would like to repeat again and again. Again, it's a shame about the distillery. 93/100 points (2022)

    www.notesofmalt.com

  6. -sAxo- scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. moving_coil scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Dunnage, rope, ink, dry fino sherry, mouldy root vegetables, lots of farm barnyard action. If sixties Clynelish was sent to finishing school to be respectable and blend in with Johnny Walker then this one was definitely a drop out taking advantage of some funkadelics. God knows what this one got up to. With water I could smell some funky laughing gas and some odd varnishes and some sandalwood
    • Taste
      Gentle oak at first then waxes, some animal fat, more barnyard action. Really quite superb that a bottle open for five years has all these dimensions. This really is the messed up cousin to the Brora 30 year olds. With water there is some sensible grand old dry sherry and preservatives, probably hallucinogenic if such a thing exists
    • Finish
      Weird it goes off in a few directions but now the sherry comes out with more ink and some lovely chalk that reminds me of 60s Caol Ila again. With water it’s insanely long and a lot more cohesive, a more respectable member of society but god damn this is one magical whisky

  8. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. pere scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity, spicy, a bit of honey sweetness, citrus freshness, oak, pear, a bit maritime.
    • Taste
      Fruity, sweetish, honey, oak, spices, malt, quite fresh, a whiff of smoke, powerful.
    • Finish
      Fruits, malt, oak spices, a hint of peat.

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Very balanced and good - great!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Intense, nutty, sherry wood, hints of fine leather, spicy, little nutmeg, some dried fruits, dates, raisins, hints of vanilla, whiffs of old books - very good!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Very oily, creamy, liquorice, more nutty, more sherry wood, subtle sweetness, cooked fruits, apple, peach, apricot, little banana, hints of lemon peel - great!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, zesty, spicy, little more woody

  11. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very well balanced, it gets better every time you try it. Stone fruits on the nose, palate a bit floral with some herbal notes, very nice indeed.

  12. yggr scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    So in the nose he has more special than in the taste, which goes more towards typical, very good, dry sherry, overall a great package, the vllt. a bit of variety is missing.
    • Nose
      Freaky, but cool, reminds me of some very old Bourbons and Ryes in the 20+ spectrum, pure, dry noose nougat bars, a Snickers factory, then Banana Split, has something artificial, Bailey's hazelnut liqueur, behind them dark dried fruits, raisins, blood orange , Dates, dark malt, dark toffee
    • Taste
      Mon Cheri, dates, chestnut, hazelnut, dark toffee, dark honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh cocoa, crisp oak, all very dry but not bitter, as I like it, baked apple, oregano, fresh cocoa, thyme
    • Finish
      Chestnut, Earl Gray, licorice, brown bread, anise, you can still see the dryness on the Notes, deliciously crispy, medium to long

  14. Thermidor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    My view on this Millburn seems to go against the general consensus. It could be it is because I tasted it from a freshly opened bottle, when RMs are known to live a little after opening, but it did divide the tasting participants as well, a few naming it their favourite, while the all tasters poll put it second to last in the lineup.

    Tasted with Dufftown-Glenlivet 21yo 1975 (84 pts.), Auchroisk 28yo 1974 (86), Linkwood 22yo 1972 (92), Dailuaine 22yo 1973 (89), Teaninich 27yo 1972 (88)
    • Nose
      Without water it isn't that open. Dry oak and some dried fruit. Faint pepper, and a block of yeast from a few meters away. Very faint sal-ammoniac and a bit of rosin. A long wait and some water later I get a very dry vanilla note and dried barley.
    • Taste
      Oily, in a good way, but too light on the tongue. The taste is quite unique, no other whisky like this immediately comes to mind. Fruity and peppery in an elegant, discrete way - If only it were less discreet, it would be quite something. As much as I try, I don't find a decanting point that would make it bloom.
    • Finish
      Neat it turns a bit metallic. With water it's faintly rooty, with very present dry oak, and some menthol.

  15. Pese scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    An interesting dram with amazing palate experience.
    • Nose
      Varied fruit flavors, wax, wood, honey.
    • Taste
      On the palate, it goes through the aromas of its long ripening period from initially fruity over spice and pepper to fine wood flavors.
    • Finish
      Fruitiness and spiciness from the palate continued, slowly becoming drier with ashen wood notes.

  16. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

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

  17. thijs100 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    One of the greats in my book.
    • Nose
      Slightly musty, has a dunnage warehouse sort of quality. Some nice pine wood as well. But that quickly makes way for an array of (tropical) fruit. Nectarines and peaches, ripe banana peel and lemon zest. There's thyme and aniseed, as well as oats. A touch of smoke. One of the best noses I've ever had the pleasure of smelling.
    • Taste
      Oh yes! Oily and mouthcoating with lime, kumquats and pink grapefruit. Fizzy. The dosage of oak is pretty much perfect, with menthol and tobacco leaves, as well as macadamia nuts.
    • Finish
      Menthol, oak and some black pepper. Lingers for a ling time on ripe yellow fruit.

  18. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    One of the Greatest noses i have ever tasted !

  19. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 505 € at Whiskyauction in Oct. 2015

  20. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose: 92. Taste: 90. Finish: 89.
    • Nose
      Kaki fruit, honey, apricot, vanilla, peat, apple, banana and caramel. Superb nose, could have mistaken it for a 70s Springbank if I had tasted it blindly, which is a compliment of course.
    • Taste
      Now much more peppery, but still very fruity. Kaki fruit, apricot, leather, honey, caramel, apple and peat.
    • Finish
      Suddenly a lot of peanut butter, quite peculiar. Smoke, pepper, apricot and caramel.

  21. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  22. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Adding water makes it more closed and slightly less enjoyable for me.

    I like the style of this, an old Highland style that you do n ot find too often.

    A good whisky.
    • Nose
      A very discreet nose, beeswax, honey, bonfire smoke, cooking apples.
    • Taste
      Not sweet but slightly bitter at first, it is austere not giving much away. There is then a wave of sweetness mixed in with the smoke. There is very slight hints of orange, caramel and wafer, quite oaky.
    • Finish
      Medium length on tobacco notes and dark toffee.

  23. bull10298 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    One of Diageo's 'Rare Malts' rleases for 2006. Dating from 1807, Millburn was
    the oldest of the three Inverness distilleries to survive into the 1980s.
    Although it closed along with Glen Albyn and Glen Mhor during that decade, some
    of the structure survives and now functions as a restaurant. Dry, slightly
    peppery and reserved on the nose, becoming fruitier with time. In contrast with
    expectations, this is rich and full on the palate, liquorice, sweet malt and
    some developing oakiness. The finish is drying and spicy

    http://www.whisky-pages.com/notes/distillery.php?id=mill

     

  24. Georges scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  25. Georges scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful old malt, both fresh and complex at the same time.
    • Nose
      Earthy, grassy, fruity (apples, pears, bananas, peaches), vanilla, ginger
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily, earthy, grassy, fruity (apples, pears, bananas, peaches), vanilla, tea, some peat smoke, tea
    • Finish
      Long, peppery, oaky

  26. talyn256 scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    You’re in a wedding marquee after the ceremony. It’s raining, but everybody’s in good spirits. You’ve finished the main course and dessert’s being served. There’s fresh fruit and flowers on the table. Contented, you’re tucking into a slice of wedding cake and enjoying another glass of bubbly while a friend hand-rolls a cigarette beside you.
    • Nose
      Fruity, perfumed and elegant. Ripe fruit (maybe even mouldy, but in a good way). Nectarines and peaches with wet rose petals, rolling tobacco, wax jacket, and sweet resin. Lots of bakery notes, too – wedding cake, lemon tart, treacle toffee, and home-made strawberry jam. A little dusty, ashy, cigarette smoke too.
    • Taste
      Fizzy peaches with orange, limes, and grapefruit marmalade. It’s very clean and refreshing. Spices come through the fruit – cloves, black pepper, aniseed, liquorice root. Some mellow toasted oak around the edges.
    • Finish
      Herbal peppermint tea with a slight chalky mineral quality. More lingering oakiness with just a touch of black pepper.

  27. Finlaggan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2015/02/millburn-1969-35yo-rare-malt-selection.html

  28. zby0001 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      93 93

  29. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. Allandale scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Medium to full bodied. Night cap dram?
    • Nose
      A bit perfumed. Lots of fruity flavors like citrus and orchards. Handsomely seaweed-peat-smoky with a slightly acidic medical edge. A whiff of sulphur.
    • Taste
      Robust and rich with a sweet barley-sugar taste. Another layer of sweetness as the concentrated aromas of smoky, dried fruit found in cream sherry.Hints of almond and citrus.Traces of dark chocolate in the background.
    • Finish
      Luscious and smooth,rich,complex and very long on the palate, with a balance of clean citric acidity at the finish.Some black peppery notes at the very end.

  31. markjedi1 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Impressive Millburn that has become a bit unaffordable of late. But if
    you get a chance to try it, do not let it pass you by.
    • Nose
      Ooh, what is this? This is totally different from any other Millburn I
      have nosed before. While it starts off with a little cardboard edge, it is
      followed by a full basket of very ripe fruits. Apple, pear, banana, peach.
      Unripe pineapple. Dried grasses. Vanille and ginger. Green garden herbs! Think
      parsley, thym and cresson. Mint. Physalis! What? The golden cherry, you know.
      Great. And a wonderful trace of smoke. Ah, they do not make this whisky like
      that anymore (doh, the distillery closed in 1985!).
    • Taste
      Sturdy body, spicy attack, but the oak is perfectly dosed. Not all the
      fruit returns, but most. Some are caramelized, other overripe. Oranges that
      have started to rot (sounds terrible, tastes great). Fruit tea. The smoke
      really gives it depth. This is a grand whisky.
    • Finish
      The finish is tremendously long, very peppery and simply delicious.

  32. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: potatoes - potato starch, white grapes, grass, creamy and butter
    T: mandarins, syrup, figs, pine wood and white pepper
    F: vanilla, fudge, dates and lemon
    tasted with Aby and JJ
    sample available on www.whiskysample.nl

  33. aby scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    the last bottling in the Rare Malts series.nose: moss, potatoes, coal smoke ? (need to check again), pine forest, overripe fruits

    taste: same as the nose but with butter notes and citrus

    finish: long

    overall: great whisky with more youth as expected from a 35 year old  90p
    sample available on: whiskysample.nl

  34. Jeep51 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The mouth is superb complexity, texture and alcohol is perfectly integrated!
    • Nose
      Floral, fragrant. It is very captivating. After aeration, it becomes more greedy: chocolate (!) And dried fruits (apricots, grapes)
    • Taste
      Round, oily. Sap, pine ... Yum. Big bitterness in the middle of the mouth (but very nice) that gives way to a nice freshness (peppermint?) Spicy. At aeration, it is much more melted, with dark chocolate. Extra.
    • Finish
      Very long on a pretty fruity (yellow fruits). Final salivating and slightly earthy.

  35. Malt Hans scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and malty aroma, honey melon, pear, lime, banana, cardamom, vanilla, dry hay and oak. Vanilla sweet taste, walnuts, mint, ripe orange, bitter almonds hops and malt. Long, malty and spicy end.

  36. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/rare-malts-selections-clynelish-24yo-1972-und-millburn-35yo-1969-24949/ Color: pale gold
    Nose: Very fruity, lemon grapefruit mix with vanilla and nuts, salty with a hint of gum.
    Taste: Delicately starting, becoming powerful and round, lemon, with orange marmalade, again nuts, beautiful spicy, pepper and salt become stronger and tender wood notes come to light.
    Finish: Long, again rubber, which harmonizes very pleasant with the fruity aromas.
    Remark: Very harmonious and round, without corners and edges! Rating: 90 points (nose: 89 / taste: 91 / finish: 91)
    Price: about 250 euros

  37. hsmithjr scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A field trip to an old, but nice, dusty mansion.
    • Nose
      Nutty.  Furniture polish.  Sweet, then citrus (limes and lemons). Marzipan.  Hints of both smoke and sherry.
    • Taste
      Full and round.  Burnt toast.  Marmalade.  Walnuts.  Honey.  Oak at the end.
    • Finish
      Long and rich.  Holiday spices.  Lemon drops.  Dry leather.

  38. Feusi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Smells like n a pine forest after a summer rain. Malty sweet and spicy with a heavy body, which leaves almost a deposit on the tongue. Surprisingly mild and pleasant to the nose (but has about 50v%), heavy, sweet, oily, woody. A dream of seasoned wood.

  39. Dede scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    That one, I recognized it the first time. I must say that I knew that I had a sample and that this malt has a very characteristic nose. And it's good, powerful, complex but this profile is really atypical and I do not remember a malt resembling him. An old-school whisky what. Not everyone will like it, but it's really a bottle to try.
    • Nose
      Very powerful, it is dominated by grapes macerated in alcohol and fruit brandy. Medicinal notes are also present in the background. The aeration softens it somewhat, the vanilla makes a delicate appearance, as well as walnuts and gingerbread before it's the turn of the white peach and strawberries that play a funny game of va-and -Comes. A very particular nose, complex and evolving but without the dominant of the first nose does not change one iota.
    • Taste
      Powerful and moderately fat, it is marked by vegetal and woody notes bringing a controlled bitterness as well as spices. The fruits are also present, but do not dominate. Well balanced.
    • Finish
      Moderately long, it is initially woody, before becoming very marked by raisins, then presents subtle chocolate and fruity notes.

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