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15 Mar 2011

Miltonduff 1980 (A.D. Rattray)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Miltonduff

Just a few days after the Miltonduff 1980 by Malts of Scotland, a sample of a sister cask arrived. Interesting! This one was bottled by A.D. Rattray as part of their March 2011 releases.

 

Miltonduff 1980 A.D. RattrayMiltonduff 30 yo 1980 (44,5%, A.D. Rattray 2011, bourbon hogshead #12427, 240 btl.)

Nose: candied, slightly tropical, with fresh fruits, vanilla and sawdust. Some fragrant dandelion notes. A little mint and honeysuckle. Apple notes grow stronger when you let it breathe. Great freshness, maybe a little more hints of dusty warehouses than the sister cask, but those work very well here. Mouth: rounded and fruity with a nice buttery mouth-feel. Some vanilla and honey, citrus, light grassy notes, maybe a tad more oak and spices than #12429. Almonds and cinnamon. Finish: quite long, warmer and spicier with a nice woodiness and cocoa in the end.

As expected, very few differences with the Malts of Scotland cask except for a little more wood. On the other hand, this will only set you back around € 95, that’s € 35 cheaper. Makes it easy to choose, right?

Score: 88/100

 

ps/ Starting tomorrow, we’ll have a few other side-by-side comparisons. Longmorn 1976, Ardmore 1992, Laphroaig 1998… similar casks from different bottlers.

Miltonduff 1980 (A.D. Rattray) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-03-15

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