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Miltonduff

The Miltonduff distillery lies in the Glen of Pluscarden, whose barley rich pastures once played host to as many as fifty illicit stills during the 1800s. The site was once the meal mill of Pluscarden Abbey. The Benedictine Priory of Pluscarden was founded in 1236 and had been closed for some time, until 1948 when it was reopened. The Miltonduff whisky distillery was founded by Robert Bain and Andrew Peary in 1824, shortly after the Excise Act was passed.

Miltonduff was named for an illicit distillery known as Milton and the suffix was added for the Duff family, who owned the land. It was following Hiram Walker Gooderham and Worts’ acquisition of George Ballantine and Son in 1935, that the need for a stable supply of Scotch malt whisky became evident. Accordingly, the Miltonduff distillery was acquired a year later and transferred subsequently to the supervision of George Ballantine. From then on, Miltonduff whisky has been an important component of Ballantine’s popular blended products.

The distillery is now under Chivas Brothers ownership, following the acquisition of Allied by Chivas' parent company Pernod Ricard in 2005. The three pairs of stills have a combined total capacity of 5.5 million litres annually and in 1964 two Lomond stills were installed. It is in these stills that Mosstowie, a rare single malt, is distilled. There has been an officially released bottling, though it is no longer produced. There have been, however, a handful of independent releases.

Miltonduff Whisky Distillery

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About Miltonduff Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01343 547433

Distillery Founded

1824

Distillery Capacity

5 500 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers

Distillery Address

Miltonduff, Elgin, Morayshire IV30 8TQ

1824

Andrew Peary and Robert Bain obtain a licence for Miltonduff Distillery. It has previously operated as an illicit farm distillery called Milton Distillery but changes name when the Duff family buys the site it is operating on.

1866

William Stuart buys the distillery.

1895

Thomas Yool & Co. becomes new part-owners.

1936

Thomas Yool & Co. sells the distillery to Hiram Walker Gooderham & Worts. The latter transfers administration to the newly acquired subsidiary George Ballantine & Son.

1964

A pair of Lomond stills is installed to produce the rare Mosstowie.

1974

– Major reconstruction of the distillery.

1981

The Lomond stills are decommissioned and replaced by two ordinary pot stills; the number of stills now totalling six.

1986

Allied Lyons buys 51% of Hiram Walker.

1987

Allied Lyons acquires the rest of Hiram Walker.

1991

Allied Distillers follow United Distillers´ example of Classic Malts and introduce Caledonian Malts where Tormore, Glendronach and Laphroaig are included in addition to Miltonduff. Tormore is later replaced by Scapa.

2005

Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard) become new owners through the acquisition of Allied Domecq.

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This is a twenty year old Miltonduff bottled by Mackillop's who also own Glencadam and Tomintoul.  More info
This Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky was matured for 8 years in a tiny Octave sherry cask to increase the interaction between the wood and the whisky. A fantastic independent bottling from Duncan...  More info
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A well aged Miltonduff. This was distilled in September 1980 and aged for 28 years in a refill hogshead before bottling at cask strength by Douglas Laing in February 2009. A release of 251 bottles.  More info
A Signatory bottling of a splendid vintage Miltonduff. This whisky was ditilled in 1989 and aged in shrry casks.  More info
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Mosstowie is the name given to whisky distilled from the Lomond still at Miltonduff. This was distilled on the 15th May 1979 and matured for 29 years in bourbon barrel number 12763. Bottled by...  More info
This was distilled at the Miltonduff distillery in November 1990. It was then aged for 21 years in a single refill hogshead (number 8261) before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old Malt cask range in...  More info
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This 23 year old Miltonduff has been bottled by independent bottler Carn Mor from a single cask as part of their Celebration of the Cask series.  More info
Distilled at Miltonduff in June of 1984, this was aged for 27 years in cask 10015 before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their Rare Auld range in August 2011. A release of 227 numbered, cask strength...  More info
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This was distilled at the Miltonduff distillery in November 1982 and it was aged in cask 6144 for 28 years before bottling at natural cask strength in August 2011 by Duncan Taylor. Just 174 numbered...  More info
A delicious 27 year old Miltonduff from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions series. This was distilled in June of 1984, aged in cask 10012 and bottled at natural cask strength in May 2012. A release of just 97...  More info
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A rare 32 year old single cask Mosstowie, this was distilled on the 6th February 1979, before maturation in bourbon barrel number 1306. It was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection...  More info
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A 32 year old single cask Mosstowie, this was distilled on the 15th May 1979, before maturation in bourbon barrel number 12761. It was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the...  More info
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This was distilled at the Miltonduff distillery on the 15th May 1979, and it was aged in bourbon barrel 12760 for 32 years before bottling on the 8th June 2011. A release of 145 numbered bottles.  More info
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A 31 year old Speysider, this was distilled at Miltonduff on the 18th May 1979, it was aged for 31 years in a single hogshead, before bottling by Signatory on the 24th November 2010. A release of 188...  More info
This thirty year old Miltonduff was bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range of whiskies. It was bottled at natural cask strength without chill-filtration or caramel colouring.  More info
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Mosstowie is the name given to whisky distilled in the Lomond Still at the Miltonduff distillery. They started making Mosstowie whisky in 1964, but stopped in 1981. Therefore, this 1979 vintage...  More info
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Another piece of Signatory's magnificent Cask Strength Collection. Miltonduff used the Mosstowie name for this whisky as it was distilled using their Lomond still back in February 1979. Matured for 34...  More info
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Distilled by Miltonduff in their Lomond stills, Mosstowie single malt Scotch whisky doesn't get seen that much other than in independent bottlings, like this Signatory release of 34 year old Mosstowie...  More info
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This is a single cask Mosstowie - a rare whisky distilled at the Lomond stills at Miltonduff. It was distilled on the 6th February 1979 before a 33 year maturation in a bourbon barrel. It was bottled...  More info
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A 1969 vintage from the Speyside-based Miltonduff distillery, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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This edition to the Signatory Cask Strength Collection is a 35 year old Mosstowie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled at the Miltonduff distillery using their Lomond stills in February 1979. It...  More info
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This single cask release of Miltonduff single malt was matured for a massive 31 years before it was bottled with an outrun of 189 bottles for The Duncan Taylor Single range. Looking to keep on keeping...  More info
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