This is a 30 year old Miltonduff that was bottled under the Faultline label for K&L Wines. It’s aged in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 52.3% ABV.
Nose: Tons of citrus up front with a big oak blast coming in soon after. Cinnamon and cloves with a bit of brine.
Palate: Oak is very heavy up front before pepper, coriander, cardamom and cloves swoop in. One of the more spice-rich malts I’ve had.
Finish: Very bitter with mostly oak.
Rating: 82/100 – The finish was a big bummer sadly.
Value for the money: These were around $140 when they came out which is a good deal generally speaking for a 30 year malt, but I wouldn’t buy another at that price.
This is one of the youngest independent bottles I’ve purchased/tried, and it is only the second Miltonduff I’ve had. Battlehill is an independent bottler that is sold at Total Wine stores primarily.
Nose: Very green – the youth really shows here. Quite briny overall, especially for a speyside. Nose is all over the place: beef jerky, strawberries, young oak, and a bit of funk that I’ve come to associate with Miltonduff
Palate: Delicate barley up front – totally grain forward. Strawberries remain with some musty notes. A dash of black pepper
Finish: Very dry finish with some peppercorn, vanilla, tobacco, and oak lingering.
Rating: 80/100 – A bit too young for its own good, but it’s interesting to try such a young malt to really experience the malt on its own with minimal oak influence.
Value for the money: This was $50 at Total Wine which isn’t expensive in the grand scheme of things, but you can get some pretty good scotch for that amount. I’d like to see this closer to $35 or so.