|Bottler||Gordon & MacPhail|
|Serie||Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength|
|Cask Type||First Fill Sherry Butt|
|Condition||In Original Wooden Box|
Miltonduff 31 Years Old: A Sherry-Infused Elegance Unveiled by Gordon & MacPhail
Nestled in the heart of Speyside, the Miltonduff distillery has been a silent witness to the ebb and flow of history since its establishment in 1824. The release of the Miltonduff 31 Years Old by Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength series is a celebration of this rich legacy. Distilled on September 25, 1990, and bottled on December 13, 2021, this exceptional expression is a testament to the craftsmanship of both the distillery and the renowned Scottish independent bottler. Aged in a First Fill Sherry Butt, Cask 19440, the Miltonduff 31 Years Old is a liquid symphony, a harmonious dance of time and flavor.
A Journey Through History:
Miltonduff's origins are intertwined with the tapestry of Speyside's whisky heritage. The distillery's site, initially known as 'Milton,' was chosen for its pristine water source, a vital ingredient in whisky production. The name evolved to Miltonduff after the Duff family acquired the area in 1824. The distillery expanded under the ownership of William Stuart and Thomas Yool in the late 19th century, reaching a production milestone of over one million liters of alcohol.
In 1936, Hiram Walker acquired Miltonduff, marking the beginning of a new chapter. The distillery continued to innovate, becoming a pioneer in heating wash stills in 1960. Ownership eventually passed to Allied Distillers before Chivas Brothers, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, took the reins in 2005.
As a testament to its enduring legacy, Miltonduff is set to undergo a significant expansion, with an £88 million investment announced in 2022. This investment, including energy-efficient production methods, reflects a commitment to sustainable and innovative whisky-making.
Tasting Speyside Heritage:
The Miltonduff 31 Years Old Cask Strength, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail, offers enthusiasts a rare glimpse into the depth and complexity of this Speyside gem.
Upon pouring, the rich Sherry influence is immediately apparent. Aromas of dried fruits, including figs and raisins, mingle with warm oak and a hint of toffee. The nose is an invitation to explore the layers of complexity that come with three decades of maturation.
The palate is a journey through a symphony of flavors. Robust Sherry notes, intertwined with dark chocolate and a subtle nuttiness, create a luxurious and indulgent experience. The first-fill Sherry butt imparts a velvety texture, allowing the palate to unravel gracefully.
The grand finale is a lingering echo of the whisky's journey. The finish is long and satisfying, with the warmth of oak, hints of spice, and a final embrace of Sherry sweetness. Each sip is a tribute to the meticulous craftsmanship that went into shaping this exceptional expression.
Cask 19440: The Guardian of Flavor:
Cask 19440, a First Fill Sherry Butt, serves as the custodian of the Miltonduff 31 Years Old's distinct character. Over more than three decades, this cask has infused the spirit with the richness and depth that define this exceptional whisky. The refill American Hogshead allows the intrinsic qualities of the Miltonduff spirit to shine.
Limited Edition Rarity:
Released as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength series, the Miltonduff 31 Years Old Cask 19440 is a limited edition rarity with only 437 bottles available. Each bottle is a testament to the exclusivity and unparalleled quality of this expression, a collector's item that encapsulates the essence of Speyside's whisky heritage.
The Miltonduff 31 Years Old is a journey through time, a testament to the rich history and enduring legacy of Speyside's Miltonduff distillery. As enthusiasts savor each nuanced note, they become part of a narrative that spans over three decades—a tale of patience, artistry, and the enduring allure of a whisky that has gracefully matured into a true masterpiece by Gordon & MacPhail.