Miltonduff produces two official single malts: the one which bears its name, Miltonduff, which can be found with 10 and 12 year age statements and Mosstowie, which was never released as an official bottling. Mosstowie was intended to be used in blends, but crops up via independent bottlings from time to time as in the 30 year from Duncan Taylor.
The lightly peated Mosstowie Whisky conveys a subtle smoke to the drinker, whereas Miltonduff Whisky uses unpeated malt for a brisk, malt-forward character. For both lines the house style has been described as "flowery" and "firm". Miltonduff lends itself to drinking like an aperitif.
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The site of the Miltonduff distillery was previously the grain mill for the neighboring Abbey. One wonders how quickly the monks realized they could make booze, instead of bread.
The site was an illegal hooch operation before going legit after the passage of the Excise Act in 1823.
Miltonduff operated two, "Lomond," stills — of Loch Lomond fame — for a couple of decades, to make their Mosstowie label. While delicious, they were shut down in favor of the better selling Miltonduff's, after a couple of decades.
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The Miltonduff Distillery is located in the Glen of Puscarden, an abbey just southwest of Elgin, Moray. Situated between the clear waters of Black Burn, and rich barley pastures owned by the monastery, Miltonduff's location was a shoe-in for distilling.
The area surrounding Puscarden Abbey was once peppered with illegal stills. Following the passage of the Excise Act, two intrepid souls by the names of Andrew Peary and Robert Pain went honest with their operation, founding Miltonduff in 1824.
A series of changes in ownership saw the distillery under the direction of Hiram Walker, purchased with windfall from brisk sales of Ballantine's, during American Prohibition. The Miltonduff is still chugging along, although today it is owned by Pernod Ricard after Pernod and Allied merged in 2005.
At the turn of the 20th century Miltonduff was one of the largest producers in Scotland. Today's Miltonduff operates 6 pot stills to pump out over 5.5 million liters of spirits each year, second in volume only to the prodigious Glenlivet, within Pernod Ricard's holdings.
Miltonduff produced two brands, Miltonduff andMosstowie, from 1964 through 1981, when Mosstowie was discontinued.
A lightly peated malt lends soft smoke to Mosstowie bottlings, while Miltonduff labels are completely unpeated. The spirits are aged in a combination of White American Oak and Sherry casks, in the facilities expansive warehouses.