Today we’re visiting two more expressions from the latest batch of SMOS (the sister company of TWE) : Two 17 year old casks from two very different distilleries : Miltonduff and Glenburgie.
You don’t see a lot of Miltonduff being bottled as single malt, as most of it goes into the very popular Ballantine’s blend, so happy to try one of the casks.
Nose : Orange zest and waxy notes up front. Mint and more freshly cut oranges mixed with fresh apples and a hint of strawberry sherbet.
Palate : Lemongrass and pepper. More lemon zest and damp wood. Vanilla and Sugar icing. Bitter cocoa and more waxy notes.
Finish :Bitter sweet, roasted almonds , and more lemon/citrus infused curd.
Quite interesting and zesty with a surprising waxy edge, Although nothing spectacular over here.
Nose: Earthy and sweet with apple pie,some marzipan and dare I say a hint of FWP? This isn’t a Bowmore but… Some more sweet golden syrup with a Wee touch of pepper and chilly too, balanced by toffee and some vanilla custard.
Palate: Pepper and chilly up front turning into a touch of exotic fruit mostly on red grapefruit.. coconut,chocolate and bitter dark chocolate and toasted coffee Beans, icing sugar and some vanilla creaminess.
Finish: Salted almonds, pepper chocolate and burnt toffee.
A FWP infused Glenburgie? haha. Interesting, and if you’re a fan of that style (although it’s not too overpowering) – This one’s for you!
Two very enjoyable single casks, but not my favorite two of the range.