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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Miltonduff Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Infomation

Miltonduff Malt Whisky Distilling Equipment

Stainless steel mash tun

16 stainless steel washbacks

3 wash and 3 spirit stills

Matured in American oak bourbon casks stored in warehouses on site


Miltonduff  Distillery History

The distillery is situated close to the famous Pluscarden Abbey – said to have at one time produced the finest ale in Scotland. This was attributed to the waters being drawn from the Black Burn that had been blessed by a Saintly abbot  in the 15th century .


Established in 1824 by Andrew Peary & Robert Bain the distillery was amongst the first officially licensed distilleries. In 1866 it was sold  to William Stuart.


When Alfred Barnard visited in 1877 he recorded ”some of the oldest fads and methods are in use, and the ancient style of stills and utensils, as carried only by the smugglers, have also been continued.”


At some point in the 1890s Thomas Yool & Co unite with William Stuart and a period of renovation and rebuilding takes place. The distillery was badly affected in the whisky recession that followed the Pattison bankruptcy, 1898..


In 1936 Thomas Yool & Co sold the distillery to Hiram Walker-Gooderham & Worts Ltd. The following year Hiram Walker & Sons (Scotland) Ltd acquires control, who licensed it to George Ballentine & Sons


At some stage in 1964 two Lomond type stills added for production of a spirit referred to as “Mosstowie”


Further rebuilding work in 1974 adds more wash backs. Then in1981The Lomond Stills used to distil Mosstowie stills are changed to conventional stills to meet the need for an increase production of Miltonduff.


Allied Distillers acquire control in 1992 then in 2005 Fortune Brands Inc. obtain control.


The Majority of production is used in Ballantine’s blends  

Gordon & MacPhail bottle the whisky as a single malt on behalf of the distillery


Mosstowie is still available from Duncan Taylor,Gordon & MacPhail and Blackadder International.


Miltonduff Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Miltonduff 12 Year Old (bottled by Gordon & MacPhail)

Miltonduff 15 year Old


Miltonduff Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings


Battlehill (Duncan Taylor)

Creative Whisky Company

Dewar Rattray

Duncan Taylor "Cask Strength" selection  

Gordon & MacPhail  "Cask Strength"

Dewar Rattery

Hart Brothers

James MacArthur

Kingsbury (Japan Imports System)

Lonach  (Duncan Taylor)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Old Masters


Private Cellar (Speyside Distillers)

Scotts Selection (Speyside Distillers)

Un-Chill Filtered (Signatory).

Whisky Dorris

Whisky Galore  (Duncan Taylor)


Miltonduff Single Malt Whisky 10 year old

Gordon & MacPhail 40% Tasting Notes...

Colour: Light gold.



Nose: Soft esters with fruity aromas - red apples, followed by sweet fudge notes.

Palate: Cereal flavours with spicy and treacle notes.


With Water

Nose: Fruity aromas - raisins, with fragrant heather and cereal notes

Palate: Sweet, fruity cereal flavours with a spicy edge, and floral/freshly cut grass notes.

Body: Light and delicate.

Finish: Balanced sweet and round.

Cask Type: First Fill and Refill Sherry Casks.

Whisky Style: Easy drinking - soft flavours and a rounding sweetness.


Mosstowie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings

Blackadder International (Mosstowie)

Cadenhead’s (Mosstowie),

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor).


Mosstowie Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1991

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail), Tasting Note

Colour: Amber.



Nose: Closed - mulled fruits and a hint of sherry wood.

Palate: Smoke initially followed by fruit and spices.


With Water

Nose: Sweet, toffee note with the sherry element still evident. Hints of peatiness.

Palate: Smoky - charred oak, ripe/fermented fruits.

Body: Soft.

Finish: Touch smoky.

Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogsheads.

Whisky Style: Lighter in style than Miltonduff - pleasant Speysider with

sherry influence.

Miltonduff Distillery,



IV30 3TQ

Tel: +44 (0)1343 547433  

No Visitor Facilities

Miltonduff Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes

Nose: Lightly peated.


Palate: Light to medium bodied. Smooth and sweet with plenty of malt, orange and vanilla.


Finish: Complex, sweet, toffees.

Founded in 1824 by Andrew Peary & Robert Bain

Location Speyside region Central district South west of Elgin

Water source The Black Burn.