Miltonduff 1992/2014 Douglas Laing

The Cranberry Brownie

Another single cask stunner from the Speyside. Thus far I had only tried two distillery label releases by Gordon&MacPhail and those were unusually interesting for this type of distillery. Independent bottler Douglas Laing rarely puts out a bad bottle, so I’m quite curious what their take is on Miltonduff.

miltonduffDescription: distilled in 1992, matured for 22 years in a refill sherry butt #10592 and bottled in 2014 by independent bottler Douglas Laing.

Nose: an earthy nose full of sulphur, drenched in sherry with notes of dark and meaty ripe plums, a fair dash of rum to give it a Caribbean touch, figs, demerara sugar, wood polish and potting soil?

Mouth: rich bodied and a fruity sensation on the palate: dark chocolate brownies with cranberry sauce and slices of candied orange, leather, orange marmalade and that persisting earthy note.

Finish: cherry tomatoes, black pepper, cigar tobacco and blueberries.

The Verdict: another sherry bomb, but with this time with a few unusual accents, quite refreshing. I guess that the sulphur might be off-putting to quite a few people, but in my opinion it is that well integrated in the overall profile that even the staunchest sulphur critics wouldn’t mind. Definitely a purchase you will not regret.

Score: 87

Nose: 22

Taste: 22
Finish: 21 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house