WHISKY OF THE MONTH
BERRY BROS. & RUDD SINGLE CASK WHISKY // MILTONDUFF DISTILLERY
MEMBER PRICE: $135.00 (Price includes shipping)
MILTONDUFF // DISTILLERY
The Miltonduff distillery was built to the south of Elgin in 1824 in the Glen of Pluscarden, a short distance from the eponymous Abbey ruins. In 1964 two Lomond stills were added producing a different style of Whisky which was known as Mosstowie, although these were removed in 1981.
Miltonduff was, briefly, part of Allied Distiller’s Caledonian Malts range (alongside Laphroaig, Tormore, Scapa and Glendronach) but other than a limited edition 18-year-old cask strength bottling, no official releases had taken place under Chivas Brothers' ownership. Licensed bottlings are made under the auspices of Berry Bros. & Rudd, Gordon & MacPhail and some Mosstowie also occasionally surface. Which means that any whisky released is exceptionally rare whisky and extremely limited release.
Here at Explore Whisky, we are fortunate enough to have secured bottlings from cask No 701547 by Berry Bros & Rudd yet with extremely limited supply. This is a true expression of what is considered a special release whisky!
MILTONDUFF // HISTORY
One wonders what the monks would have made of it. Moonshining was commonplace in the surroundings of Pluscarden Abbey in the smuggling era of the late 18th and early 19th century. Whether any monastic distillation ever took place is unknown – the original monastery fell into ruin in the early 17th century, but was restored in 1948 and is now the only medieval monastery still inhabited by monks. Distillation certainly took place at Milton Farm where the abbey’s old meal mill once stood.
Miltonduff (the suffix comes from Duff family which owned the estate) went legal in 1824 and by the end of the century was one of the largest producers in Scotland, making in excess of one million litres a year and using triple distillation (an unusual technique for Highland/Speyside distilleries).
Its next landmark came in 1936 when it was bought by Canadian distiller Hiram Walker which was beginning its Scottish expansion (Ballantine’s, Dumbarton).
In 1964, a pair of ‘Lomond’ stills were installed producing a malt which was named Mosstowie. The stills operated until 1981. A significant expansion in 1974 saw capacity increased to more than 5m litres per annum with three pairs of stills now operating. In 2005 it became part of Chivas Brothers.
MILTONDUFF // TASTE
A herbaceous and spice-laden nose evolves to reveal soft, ripe fruit and hints of anise. The palate develops well, giving orange citrus edged with lemon zest. The overall impression is of a balanced, well-rounded and characterful dram.
Cask No.: 701547
Cask type: Refill barrel
Strength: ABV 46%
Bottle size: 700ml
Other: Unchill-filtered and no colouring
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THE BOTTLER // BERRY BROS. & RUDD
Founded in 1698, Berry Bros. & Rudd are Britain’s original wine and spirits merchants who also hold two Royal Warrants. H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
Fine spirits have been central to Berry Bros. & Rudd for over 100 years; they are not only a part of their history but also a focus of their innovation. Alongside their flagship award-winning single malt whisky, The Glenrothes, the spirits portfolio includes Penny Blue XO, Single Estate Mauritian Rum, the Pink Pigeon Rum, their classic No.3 London Dry Gin and the award-winning King's Ginger Liqueur
Exceptional spirits are also bottled and sold under the Berry Bros. & Rudd own label, carefully selected by their Spirits Experts. From Cognac, Armagnac, rum and whisky too, most recently, a Calvados, these represent some of the most unique and unusual spirits on the market, sometimes with only a handful of bottles released.