Miltonduff 23, 1987 (Riegger’s Selection)

miltonduff-rieggersAnother malt from the not-very beloved Miltonduff. I’ve quite liked the two I’ve reviewed so far (here and here). This is my first from a sherry cask (see below) and also the oldest I’ve had so far (though that mark will not last long). This was bottled by Riegger’s Selection, a German store and indie bottler of whom I know very little. As far as I can tell from their website they have some sort of connection to the Speyside distillery and select from the same warehouses as the Scott’s Selection line which originates in that distillery.

Miltonduff 23, 1987 (56.7%; Riegger’s Selection; cask no. 7057; from a purchased sample)

Nose: Roasted malt and some musky fruit–somewhere between lime zest and melon. The roasted malt turns pretty quickly to something closer to burnt toast. The fruit gets stronger and a little fermented as it sits. After a few more minutes there are clear sherry notes: mild gunpowder, dried orange peel. With a drop or two of water the citrus climbs up over the malt and it gets much brighter in general. Continue reading