Wow, where did this come from? Miltonduff this old, I can’t think of a precedent in recent years, except two 1978 casks bottled recently by Cadenheads. Those were bourbon casks, but from the colour we would assume this bottling by That Boutique-y Whisky Company is from a sherry cask.
Miltonduff 40 yo
(47%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company 2018, Batch #4, 50 cl, 478 btl.)
Nose: a punchy, rather winey nose with sour tobacco, red berries and lots of old, varnished oak (just a hint of glue). Sandalwood, blood oranges and orange peel. Raspberries and sour cherries. Some leather. Old roses.
Mouth: really oaky, yes, imparting a toasted / burnt side and a certain sourness again. There are blackcurrants, some grassy notes, coffee beans and lemon peels. Menthol. Herbal honey, eucalyptus. Over-infused Earl Grey tea. leafy notes and leather. Drying cinnamon. Walnuts.
Finish: long, leafy and herbal, with spices, cognac rancio and a slightly medicinal bitter edge.
A tour de force to release this kind of whisky. The nose was really aromatic and intense, but also announces a weaker palate, slightly thin and blatantly woody. I expected too much. Around € 220, already sold out from Master of Malt.