Miltonduff 2008

Miltonduff single malt whisky is an uncommon find – Miltonduff matured in a first fill Pedro Ximénez sherry hogshead doubly so. The natural oiliness and weight of Miltonduff is an excellent partner to the PX, allowing the sweetness to suffuse it without becoming cloying. At 12 years old it’s absolutely ready to bottle, but each subsequent year in a cask of this intensity will make the whisky ever more intense and almost chocolatey. In fact, care should be taken to sample the cask at intervals, to ensure that this exceptional cask doesn’t overwhelm the whisky over time… unless you’re into that.

Auction estimate: £13,000 – £15,000

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Cask Details

Age12 years
Distillation DateNovember 5, 2008
Cask TypeFirst Fill Pedro Ximénez Sherry Hogshead
Re-gauge ABV61.00%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)138.00 litres
New Bulk Litres226.20 litres
Re-gauge DateNovember 1, 2019
Cask Number180609

Tasting Notes

“On the nose, soft oat biscuits with milk chocolate chips. Sweetness on the palate hits you at full tilt, then turns into a chocolate cream, with undertones of honeycomb and banana. The finish is dry and spicy.”


“On the nose, summery stone fruits and pastries abound: Plump apricots, peach cobbler, freshly baked biscuits, then a hint of rose soap. There’s an intense rush both of sweetness, and slight tartness on the palate. Gulab Jamun and rosewater cheesecake doused in fresh honey. Lime zest over all. With water, another layer is added – The nose offers hot worked leather, like car seats or a fancy wallet. Then orange blossoms and pomegranate syrup. Pistachio brittle. On the palate, lime marmalade without the bits. Shortcrust butter pastry. Sultanas.”


“Multinational Dessert Factory. The nose promises cherry pie topped with vanilla cream, with hints of dry oatmeal and chocolate, before the palate opens up on a wealth of after-dinner delights – salty butter, pie crust, French madeleine, apple crumble pie, Scottish caramel fudge and a whiff of sage. The waxy texture carries the intense dessert flavours well. The finish is light and herbal – sage, perilla leaf – and a distinct note of sesame paste.”


About The Distillery

The recent history of Scotch whisky has been of great surges in the sales of single malt whisky, and a slight loosening of the dominance of blended Scotch. During this period, many whisky distilleries whose spirit had quietly served the interests of blends, began to make the names of their single malts stand out in their own right.

Miltonduff was a little slow to this party. It’s been such a successful contributor over the years to Ballantines (Scotland’s second most successful blend) that the pressure to become a famous single malt in its own right was less of a priority. In 2017, an official Miltonduff single malt was released – but it still carried the Ballantine’s name prominently on the label. Miltonduff single malt whisky is hard to find in any form.

Miltonduff was always relied on to bring a rich, oily foundation to Ballantines, and so the single malt is a robust one. The stills are run quickly and their lyne arms descend, allowing less time for copper contact and reflux. When filled into a cask of any type, Miltonduff absorbs great depths of flavour and becomes a great platform for displaying the characteristics of the cask.

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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on December 27th at 5:00pm GMT subject to continuation defined below.
  • If any bid is received within the last 5 minutes of bidding across any of the current auction listings, the entire auction will be extended for an additional 5 minutes. The auction will officially close when a period of 5 minutes has passed without a new bid.
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  • The highest bidder at conclusion of the auction will immediately be charged a £500 deposit by credit card; the remaining balance will be due within 72 hours of auction close by bank wire transfer.
  • Failure to send proof of payment within 72 hours will result in a penalty of 1% of the hammer price for each day the payment is delinquent.
  • Upon verification that all funds due have been received, ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer and the buyer will be sent a title certificate. As per Scottish regulations, the cask must remain in a government bonded warehouse until bottling.
  • No samples will be provided during the auction.
  • If two bidders place a bid in the same amount, the first bid placed will be the winner.
  • Storage will be included for a period of 2 years from the conclusion of the auction. All other costs related to storage, removal from storage, insurance, transportation, bottling and duties/taxes will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
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  • A 10% buyers premium will be added to the highest prevailing bid. No buyers premium will be due if the reserve price is not met and the seller choses not to accept the high bid.