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Miltonduff Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Miltonduff Distillery
Egin, Morayshire IV30 3TQ Scotland
Tel: +44 (0)1343 547433 / Fax: +44 (0)1343 548802
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The Miltonduff Distillery was established in 1824 by Andrew Peary and Robert Bain. It is said the site where Miltonduff was built was initially Pluscarden Priory founded by King Alexander II in 1230. Actually, where the distillery stands is said to be the meal mill of the priory (which later became an abbey). Today there is no connection between the priory and distillery, however, the name of the priory can be found on the Miltonduff presentation box. There was a period where the name was spelled in two words (Milton Duff) on the bottle, but later became united as one. Miltonduff is situated several miles southwest of Elgin and near the River Lossie. It was one of the first distilleries officially licensed.

Before Miltonduff was built, illicit distilling was promiment in the area. More than fifty illicit stills took advantage of the ample water supplies and the fertile land which produced abundant barley. It was common to see wisps of smoke regularly rising from the hollows all over the surrounding glen which was known to be the signature of a fire boiling an illicit still.

Miltonduff was one of 18 distilleries that use the appendage "Glenlivet" in its name, even though it is 20 miles from the river. During the 1880s it was a popular and effective marketing strategy to be classified as a Glenlivet.

In the 1860s Miltonduff was owned for a time by James Grant who also owned Highland Park in Orkney and in 1866, the distillery was purchased by William Stuart. In 1895, it was was expanded and during the expansion a stone which may have been used by an abbot for kneeling during ceremonies was built into the support wall of one of the stills.

Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd purchased Miltonduff in 1936. In 1992 Hiram became part of Allied Domecq and today Allied is part of the Pernod Ricard portfolio.

The River Lossie

The majority of the output from Miltonduff goes toward the Ballantine's blends; it also contributes to Teacher's and Old Smuggler. The distillery also produced another malt called Mosstowie. In 1964 a pair of Lomond stills were installed for the purpose of producing Mosstowie, however by 1981, these stills were dismantled. Mosstowie is a heavier, oilier and smokier than Miltonduff and is still available from independant bottlings.

Miltonduff's house style has been described by Michael Jackson as "flowery, scenty, clean, firm, elegant. Apertif".


Miltonduff 10 year Old Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky

Colour: Light gold.

Without Water
Nose: Soft esters with fruity aromas - red apples, followed by sweet fudge notes.

Palate: Cereal flavours with spicy adn 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.

Tasting Notes by Gordon & Macphail

Miltonduff Whisky Distillery
Miltonduff Whisky Distillery

Miltoduff Distillery is an active Speyside distillery producing 5,240,000 litres per year. Its water source is the Black Burn and legend has it that over the centuries on New Year's Day, the Benedictine abbots used to bless these waters. It has also been said the monks carried out the production of aqua vitae - water of life.

The distillery was expanded in 1895 and modernized in the 1930s and once again in the 1970s. In 1964 a pair of Lomond stills were installed for producing Mosstowie, but they were dismantled in 1981. There are three wash stills and three spirit stills.

Tours may be available upon request and appointment. Call Miltonduff Distillery at +44 (0)1343 547433 for more info.