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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


Distillery Capacity

5 500 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers

Distillery Address

Miltonduff, Elgin, Morayshire IV30 8TQ


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.


William Stuart buys the distillery.


Thomas Yool & Co. becomes new part-owners.


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


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


– Major reconstruction of the distillery.


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


Allied Lyons buys 51% of Hiram Walker.


Allied Lyons acquires the rest of Hiram Walker.


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.


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

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This is a single cask bottling of 19 year old Miltonduff single malt, presented as part of Hannah Whisky Merchant's Lady of the Glen range. This is a 1995 vintage Miltonduff, aged in a bourbon cask...  More info
Independently bottled single malt from the Miltonduff distillery, up in the Glen of Pluscarden. This was distilled in February 1995 and set aside to age until October 2014, when it was bottled with an...  More info
A Duncan Taylor bottling of 6 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of their Octave range. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 after spending a finishing period in a...  More info
19 year old single malt from the marvellous Miltonduff distillery in the Speyside region, bottled by The Nectar in Belgium. It was distilled in 1995 and left to mature for nearly 2 decades, before...  More info
A marvellous Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the chaps from Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled back in 1984, a few years after Miltonduff's Lomond stills were...  More info
From the Lomond stills of the Miltonduff distillery in 1979, comes this rare expression of Mosstowie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2012 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Rare Old range. It was...  More info
This was distilled at the Miltonduff distillery in Autumn 2005 before a 7 year maturation in a single sherry butt. It was bottled for the Provenance range in Autumn 2012, and it offers up a...  More info
An bottling of 24 year old Miltonduff from the WM Cadenhead Small Batch range. It was distilled in 1990 and left to mature in bourbon hogsheads until 2014, when it was bottled by WM Cadenhead with an...  More info
Single malt Scotch whisky from the marvellous Miltonduff distillery in the Speyside region, matured in a single cask for 20 years. This tasty treat was distilled in February 1995 and left to age in a...  More info
An Old Particular bottling of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky - spiffing stuff to say the least. This is a 20 year old single malt, distilled in April 1994 and matured in a single bourbon barrel...  More info
From Mar 1998 to August 2014, this Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky happily matured, developing some classic Speyside flavour characteristics for us all to enjoy. It was bottled at cask strength...  More info
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
From the Miltonduff distillery comes a rather well-Sherried single cask single malt, presented by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. It was distilled in the autumn of 2005 and set aside to...  More info
A Signatory bottling of 35 year old Mosstowie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled using the Miltonduff Lomond stills in February 1979. It was left to age in a single bourbon barrel for 35 years until...  More info
Hurrah for Miltonduff whisky! Lovely stuff! This bottling of their single malt comes to us from the Mackillop's Choice range, and was matured in a single cask from June 1990 to March 2014 (23 years!)...  More info
Marvellous Miltonduff single malt right here via Douglas Laing's Old Particular range! This indie single cask bottling features whisky distilled in June 2000, matured in a refill hogshead and bottled...  More info
A rare 1980s Sestante bottling of 18 year old Mosstowie single malt, which was produced at the Miltonduff distillery using their Lomond Still. Miltonduff haven't produced Mosstowie whisky for a very...  More info
A Duncan Taylor bottling of Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 6 years. It's been presented as part of their Dimensions range, which shows off the many dimensions of the whiskies they...  More info
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
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
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
Distilled at Miltonduff in June 1996 and aged in refill sherry casks no. 9446 and no. 9449 before bottling at cask strength in May 2007 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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
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
This is a twelve year old Miltonduff bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This is a limited release of just 357 bottles.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in...  More info
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