Milton 72yo fra Gordon & MacPhail

Gordon & MacPhail har nu aftappet det sidste fad de har fra 40'erne, et enkelt fad fra Milton Distillery fra 1949.
Milton er i dag kendt under navnet Strathisla. Fadet fra 1949 er aftappet 72 år senere og der er kommet 180 flasker ud af fadet.

Det oprindelige navn, Milton, kommer fra grundlæggeren af destilleriet, George Taylor.

Fadet er et first-fill sherry puncheon og er aftappet ved 48,6%

Whisky writer Gavin D Smith udtaler om denne aftapning: "Once again, Gordon & MacPhail has delved into the darkest recesses of their Elgin warehouse and come up with a unique chapter in Scotland's liquid history. This is the first time in my career that I've sampled a whisky distilled at Milton Distillery - prior to it becoming known as Strathisla - which illustrates just how truly precious and important this release is."

Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director hos Gordon & MacPhail tilføjer: "Milton, or Strathisla as it is known today, has small copper stills with a distinctive shape that helps to give the spirit its rich, fruity and full-bodied character. Decades of experience led us to fill the spirit into a first fill Sherry puncheon for long-term maturation.

"Having carefully assessed its progress down the decades, we feel now is finally the right moment to reveal this landmark single malt to enthusiasts and collectors. In terms of rarity, this deserves true 'icon status. A whisky of this age bearing the Milton name has never - and will never – be seen again. Its long maturation has seen the cask gift the spirit notes of toffee, spice and a hint of smoke not traditionally found in more modern Speyside releases.

"Whether it was produced under the name Milton or Strathisla, greatly aged single malts from the site have always been met with anticipation. Given that so few releases have ever carried the Milton name – and that this bottling represents the oldest and our last - we expect demand for the 180 decanters to be extremely high."

Noter (G&M):

Aroma: Sherry influences intertwine with sweet vanilla pod and Seville orange. Stewed forest fruit aromas give way to vibrant festive spice and soft lemon zest.

Taste: Flavours of butterscotch give way to bright citrus and nutmeg. Baked apple notes come to the fore alongside poached pear and honeycomb.

Finish: A long finish with lingering apple, dark toffee and subtle smoke.

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