Two old Miltonduffs from SMWS
My wife and I recently visited the wonderful SMWS venue in Queen Street 28, Edinburgh. This is a fantastic whisky bar, well worth a visit whenever (and I mean every single time!) you are in Edinburgh. We tried two old whiskies from Miltonduff (SMWS distillery code 72), with a few other drams. Here are my impressions.
SMWS 72.35 Pink Grapefruit Granita, 28 YO, 50 %
The tasting notes from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) are:
Fruity aromas of apples, strawberries and bananas as wel as freshly brewed peppermint tea. The taste has liquorice, pecan nuts and a dry ginger ale finish. Water makes it soft and fresh with a hint of smoke and the taste is like freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice.
Nose (23/25): Vanilla, apples, almonds, and the softest, most delicate hints of oak.
Taste (23/25): Just great! Sweet and fruity. Almonds, marzipan, licorice and ginger.
Finish (24/25): Wow! And here comes the grapefruit! There's waves of it, washing over the bed of nutty, fruity spiciness. It just keeps going, and going, and going. A never ending story of bliss.
Balance (23/25): This is a rare gem of a whisky. So happy to have secured a whole bottle.
SMWS 72.34 Tropical Punch Pop Rocks, 30 YO, 55,6 %
The SMWS tasting notes read as follows:
Initial nose of whole Brazil nuts covered in milk chocolate followed by crushed walnuts and split conkers and mint leaves. The taste has a fresh, green and firm feel like a green grape. With water juicy and fruity like a fresh fruit salad and in the finish a sweet oakiness.
Nose (23/25): Much the same as 72.35. There's vanilla, apples, and nuts here. A lovely nose.
Taste (22/25): A bit more of everything, which should have been great, but the refined delicacy of the 72.35 was better. This one is a bit sweeter, more spicy and richer.
Finish (21/25): Medium long, spicy with ginger and fruits. A bit more oaky, finishing on a dry note.
Balance (22/25): A very fine dram, but not at all on the high level of the 72.35.
Sláinte! - Thomas