Douglas Laing Miltonduff Tasting Notes

Posted: December 27, 2011 in Mitonduff, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Douglas Laing Old Particular Miltonduff 2000 (15 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0233/ Dist: July 2000 Btl: Aug 2015/ Tasted: Sept 2015

A deep, fragrant and very pleasant nose of honey, barley, pollen and juicy vanilla oak. Lightly herbal with a touch of camphor, heather and sweet fruit.

The toffee’d oak shows first, followed by heather honey, barley and soft spice. A lovely, mouth-filling middle and a long, barley and herbal finish with lingering heather , sweet honey and very gentle smoke

Douglas Laing Old Particular Miltonduff 1996 (17 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLP0032/ Dist: Mar 1996 Btl: Aug 2013/ Tasted: Sept 2013

A slightly fresh, herbal nose with baked fruit, black pepper. The aromas hint at some heavier oils beneath but it remains relatively light and herbal.

The palate is a little broader with more caramel/ toffee’d oak showing. Along with some malt and baked fruit. Medium length with an earthy, spicy, peppery finish, which is a little on the hot side.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Miltonduff 1994 (20 year old) 51.5%

Code: OLD0144/ Dist: Apr 1994 Btl: Sept 2014/ Tasted: Oct 2014

Aromas of oily toffee apple, oily marzipan, malt, burnt wood and heather honey. Quite subtle but pleasantly deep with a developing perfumed/ floral character

Soft barley and apricot led palate with unsweetened pineapple, malt and treacle toffee. It becomes very malt on the middle with hints of scrubby heather. Very long and gently mouth-watering finish with warming spice, honey and vanilla.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Miltonduff 1992 (22 year old) 51.5%

Sherry/ Code: OLD0171/ Dist: July 1992 Btl: Feb 2015/ Tasted: Mar 2015

Dusty, mature sherry wood aromas with cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg and caramelised brown sugar, mocha, raisinated dried fruit and a hint of violet.

A lovely palate of oxidised, Armagnac-esque raisin, prune and walnut with cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar. Delicious earthy-spice middle and a long dark fruit, treacle and dry spice finish.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Miltonduff 1994 (23 year old) 50.6%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ CODE: OLD0550/ DL12200

Dist: Apr 1994 Btl: Nov 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

The nose is quite mature with herbal honey, fern, nettle, heather, liquorice root and stewed fruit. The wonderfully aromatic oak emerges with time along with a touch of malt and creamy vanilla.

The palate is herbal and malty with heather, violets, bracken and subtly creamy oak. Hints of stewed fruit and parma violets come through on the middle and the oak becomes pleasantly sawdusty. Long and refreshingly citric with lingering barley, spice and menthol.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Miltonduff 1990 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2110/ Dist: May 1990 Btl: Dec 2011/ Tasted: Dec 2011

The nose opens with a complex plethora of wood notes (cedar, pine). Seriously robust and full of macerated citrus, stewed apple, mature honey, clove, cinnamon and a smidge of dried fruit as well. Stunningly deep and complex. With time the oak takes on that beautiful aged, sawdusty character and a slightly mentholated camphor note appears.

The palate is loaded with lightly coffee accented spices, malt extract. Like the nose it is very full and delightfully sugar coated. The middle is slightly honeyed and bursting with dried fruit. The oak is immaculately well behaved and adds a mature toasted vanilla note. Superbly balanced and very long with some heather-honey liberally coating the mouth along with those delightful spices.


Douglas Laing Provenance Miltonduff 2009 (7 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1237/ DL11530

Dist: Jul 2009 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Feb 2017

The aromas are slightly ascetic with hard barley and hints of baked fruit and manure.

The palate is feinty and hard with baked fruit, barley and subtle caramel. Short and hard with bitter spice in the finish.


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