Within the mid-Nineteen Forties, the positioning was present process a number of modifications in possession which resulted within the eventual title change to Strathisla in 1951. The picturesque distillery, with its distinctive twin pagodas, has been in steady manufacturing for the reason that 1700s.
Regardless of the various challenges of the whisky trade together with financial melancholy and conflict, Milton continued to function even when nearly all of whisky manufacturing was halted within the Nineteen Forties attributable to a post-war shortage of barley.
It was thanks to shut ties with Milton that the valuable spirit was entrusted to ‘Gordon & MacPhail’s to mature in a first-fill Sherry puncheon, the place it could gently slumber for 72 years, lastly bottled at a outstanding ABV of 48.6%.
Retailing at £50,000* (USD $65,000), the whisky has been described by famend whisky author Gavin D Smith as “gloriously drinkable.”
He continues, “As soon as once more, Gordon & MacPhail has delved into the darkest recesses of their Elgin warehouse and give you a singular chapter in Scotland’s liquid historical past. That is the primary time in my profession that I’ve sampled a whisky distilled at Milton Distillery – previous to it turning into often called Strathisla – which illustrates simply how really treasured and essential this launch is.”
Ewen Waterproof coat, Managing Director at Gordon & MacPhail provides: “Milton, or Strathisla as it’s recognized right this moment, has small copper stills with a particular form that helps to offer the spirit its wealthy, fruity and full-bodied character. A long time of expertise led us to fill the spirit into a primary fill Sherry puncheon for long-term maturation.
“Having fastidiously assessed its progress down the many years, we really feel now could be lastly the appropriate second to disclose this landmark single malt to fanatics and collectors. When it comes to rarity, this deserves true ‘icon standing. A Gordon & MacPhail whisky of this age bearing the Milton title has by no means – and can by no means – be seen once more. Its lengthy maturation has seen the cask reward the spirit notes of toffee, spice and a touch of smoke not historically discovered in additional trendy Speyside releases.
“Whether or not it was produced below the title Milton or Strathisla, drastically aged single malts from the positioning have all the time been met with anticipation. Provided that so few releases have ever carried the Milton title – and that this bottling represents the oldest and our final – we anticipate demand for the 180 decanters to be extraordinarily excessive.”
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Tasting notes – Gordon & MacPhail 1949 from Milton Distillery – by Gavin D Smith.
Matured in cask 383, a first-fill Sherry puncheon, and bottled at 48.6% ABV. Outturn of 180 bottles.