Miltonduff 7 Years Old McGibbons Provenance Cask:DMG9239 46% 2005
|Distilled date||Autumn 2005|
|Bottling date||Autumn 2012|
|Cask Type||Sherry Butt|
|Condition||In Original Container|
Serge Valentin (84)
These humble babies usually go unnoticed (maybe sometimes because they’re too expensive). But…
Colour: deep gold.
Nose: do you like fudge? Shortbread? Butterscotch? Werther’s Originals? Milk chocolate? Deep-fried Mars bars? Right maybe not deep fried Mars bars, but this in quite perfect if you like those sorts of things. And there are also finer notes of linseed oil and orange liqueur in the background. Sweet oak.
Mouth: you could thinks this is bourbon at times, and the oak was very active for sure, but this very rounded mix of maple syrup, butterscotch and oranges works pretty well. Simple pleasures, but pleasures.
Finish: quite long, rounded, bourbony and fudgy. Cinnamon cake in the aftertaste – the oak again.
Comments: on par with the Benromach, while it’s its antithesis. In the Benromach, it was almost all about the distillate, while in this case, it’s the sweet oak that did the trick. Quality’s equivalent in my book
Whiskynotes: Nose: seems older than the age would suggest. Medium sherried, with spices (chilli and clove) and aromatic oranges (both sweet juices and zesty orange peel). Sweet malt and caramelized peanuts underneath. Some honey as well. Mouth: quite rich again, with raisins and this chilli theme again. Return of the caramelized nuts, now also chocolates with orange filling. Hints of cinnamon sugar. Finish: medium long, suddenly drier. Oak, leather and dark chocolate.
Simply a very pleasant and relatively mature sherried youngster. I’ve seen few disappointing Miltonduffs and even at this very young age they can be convincing. Around