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02 Feb 2011

Miltonduff 1971 (DT Lonach)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Miltonduff

Although the name Miltonduff is not heard often as a single malt, it is a high-capacity distillery and considered the most important component of the Ballantine’s blend. It’s one of the key plants in the Chivas / Pernod Ricard group. Gordon & MacPhail has semi-official bottlings of Miltonduff such as a regular 10 years old.

As you know, the Lonach series by Duncan Taylor blends one or more underproof casks with stronger sister casks to reach the required 40% limit. As the result is still cask strength, it’s much richer than a cask that has been diluted to the same 40%.


Miltonduff 1971 37y LonachMiltonduff 37 yo 1971 
(40%, Duncan Taylor Lonach 2008)

Nose: beautiful round Speyside elements. Very sophisticated. Big vanilla, some very sweet pineapple, banana and lovely hints of marshmallows! Some honey. Orange gums and cinnamon. Polished oak. Mouth: light but not too soft. Again quite a sweet profile with yellow apples and citrus candy. Pollen and honey. A fair amount of spices from the oak (soft pepper, cinnamon). Some sawdust towards the end. Finish: medium long, on barley sugars, oranges and oak.

This Miltonduff is simply a succulent Speyside whisky. It’s a bit reticent maybe, but very warm and I adore those marshmallow notes! If only
I could find a bottle somewhere. It was around
€ 120 at the time.

Score: 92/100

Miltonduff 1971 (DT Lonach) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-02-02
  • MARS
  • Rannoch Moor

    I saw one of these bottles in a shop in Scotland, hope they still have it as I’m planning a trip at the end of this month

  • Johannes

    I have only tried one Miltonduff in My life. But what a fantastic dram it was. It was the Antica Casa Marchesi Spinola from Sestante.

    This one seems to be real nice to!

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    @Mars: thanks. I was still able to purchase the bottle from Kühn this morning, but they’ve now canceled my order and refunded my payment. Sad way of working for an online store. Apparently their stock information is not accurate.

  • http://www.wein-spirituosen-kuehn.de Whisky Kühn

    Leider war der Miltonduff in kürzester Zeit ausverkauft und es kam zu geringfügigen Zeitverzögrungen bei der Bestandsanzeige.
    Die Annahme und Bearbeitung der Aufträge erfolgt grundsätzlch in der Reihenfolge der Auftragseingänge.

    Die entsprechende Mitteilung wurde an “Ruben” gegeben.

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Okay so the stock information is not real-time. I understand, thanks for the confirmation.
    In the last half hour, you’ve posted at least 10 comments all over this site with nothing more than a link to your shop. Please stop doing that, spam links will be removed anyway.

  • MARS

    Sorry ruben, I am going to ask to some friends if they didn’t see a bottle!
    Hope they can find one.
    Ask on the forum in the section “wanted”, maybe someone can get one at a good price.

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Bottle found in Germany. Thanks Thomas!

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