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Gordon & MacPhail Independent Bottlers Scotland Speyside Region Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Gordon & MacPhail Miltonduff 2008

Review of a full sherried bottling

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Strength: 43%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: No
Additional colouring: No
Property: Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd.
Average price: € 60.00
Official Website: www.gordonandmacphail.com
Vote: 80/100

The immense bottling portfolio of Gordon&MacPhail, one of Scotland’s largest independent bottlers, has introduced a new series called Discovery in 2018, with the intention of offering bottles representative of Scotch’s main flavour and taste profiles, divided into three categories: Sherry, Smoky and Bourbon.
Each of the categories is distinguished by a colour, green for ex-Bourbon casks, white for peat and purple for ex-Sherry ageing, from which the bottle we taste today comes.
The series has indeed not been long-lived, but a few bottlings can still be found relatively easily and at a good price.

Miltonduff is in its blog debut, founded in the Elgin hamlet of the same name in 1824 on the site of the former abbey mill, at the behest of the Duff family. Today it’s owned by Pernod Ricard, under the control of subsidiary Chivas Brother, and its destiny is to nurture the group’s blends (notably Ballantine’s), with a recent expansion project also involving Aberlour.

Tasting notes

On the nose, sherry and youth join forces to create aromas tending towards the sour, so much so that at times it has evocations reminiscent of rum. Brown sugar, sultanas, currants, pineapple, green apple and malt soar from the glass, but the palette opens up more by adding nuances of almonds, white yoghurt and bitter orange marmalade. Over time, a softer note of butter and caramel appears. Intriguing.
The palate has a spicy thrust (pepper, ginger, cinnamon, aniseed) accompanying red fruits, marzipan, orange peel, chocolate, a hint of coffee and a touch of caramel. Tannins rather present, especially in length, with little persistence of tones that tend to fade into red fruits and spices.
Not very long and dry finish of red fruits, spices, citrus fruits, chocolate.

A whisky that’s not without interest but which pays the price for its lack of incisiveness on the palate, taking some revenge on the finish that is not enough, however, to make it memorable. As an introductory malt it does its job, although in the same price range there are more attractive choices.

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