Miltonduff distillery

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Miltonduff was, briefly, part of Allied Distiller’s Caledonian Malts range (alongside Laphroaig, Tormore, Scapa and Glendronach) but other than a limited edition 18-year-old cask strength bottling, no official releases have taken place under Chivas Brothers' ownership. Licensed bottlings are made under the auspices of Gordon & MacPhail. Some Mosstowie (see below) also occasionally surfaces.

  • Region
    Speyside
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Working
  • Brands produced here
    Mosstowie
    Pluscarden Valley

Miltonduff History

One wonders what the monks would have made of it. Moonshining was commonplace in the surroundings of Pluscarden Abbey in the smuggling era of the late 18th and early 19th century. Whether any monastic distillation ever took place is unknown – the original monastery fell into ruin in the early 17th century, but was restored in 1948 and is now the only medieval monastery still inhabited by monks. Distillation certainly took place at Milton Farm where the abbey’s old meal mill once stood.

Miltonduff (the suffix comes from Duff family which owned the estate) went legal in 1824 and by the end of the century was one of the largest producers in Scotland, making in excess of one million litres a year and using triple distillation (an unusual technique for Highland/Speyside distilleries).

Its next landmark came in 1936 when it was bought by Canadian distiller Hiram Walker which was beginning its Scottish expansion (Ballantine’s, Dumbarton).

In 1964, a pair of ‘Lomond’ stills was installed producing a malt which was named Mosstowie. The stills operated until 1981. A significant expansion in 1974 saw capacity increased to more than 5m litres per annum with three pairs of stills now operating. In 2005 it became part of Chivas Brothers. 

Timeline

  • 1824 A license to distil at Miltonduff is obtained by Andrew Peary and Robert Bain
  • 1866 The distillery is purchased by William Stuart
  • 1895 Thomas Yool & Co becomes a shareholder
  • 1936 Canadian group Hiram Walker buys Miltonduff
  • 1964 A pair of Lomond stills are installed and produce the Mosstowie brand of whisky
  • 1974 Capacity is increased to over 5m litres in a significant expansion
  • 1981 The Lomond stills are replaced by two pot stills
  • 1987 Allied Lyons, having bought 50% of Hiram Walker the previous year, purchases the group outright
  • 1991 Miltonduff appears in the Caledonian Malts line-up
  • 2005 Pernod Ricard (Chivas Brothers) takes over the distillery following its acquisition of Allied Domecq

Miltonduff Facts

  • Capacity (mlpa) i
    5.9
  • Condenser Type i
    Shell and tube. Each still has a sub cooler
  • Fermentation Time i
    Minimum 48hrs
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    8
  • Heat Source i
    Gas, steam via heat exchanger and thermocompression system
  • Malt Specification i
    Unpeated
  • Malt Supplier i
    Simpsons, Bairds
  • Mash Tun Material i
    Stainless Steel
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Lauter
  • New-make Strength i
    68-69%
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
    15,000
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Onion
  • Spirit Still Size (l) i
    18,200
  • Stills i
    6 (3 wash, 3 spirit)
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
    12,000
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Onion
  • Wash Still Size (l) i
    22,730
  • Washback Charge (l) i
    36,000
  • Washback Type i
    Stainless steel
  • Washbacks i
    16
  • Water Source i
    The Black Burn
  • Yeast Type i
    Mauri Liquid

Owners

Parent company

Current owner

Previous owners

  • Allied Domecq 1994 - 2005
  • Allied Lyons 1987 - 1994
  • Hiram Walker & Sons 1936 - 1987
  • William Stuart & Co 1866 - 1936
  • Andrew Pearey 1824 - 1866
  • Robert Bain 1824 - 1834 (jointly with Andrew Pearey)

Contact

Address
Mitonduff Distillery
Elgin
Moray
IV30 8TQ
United Kingdom
Phone
+44 1343 554120
Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public

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See also

  • Aberlour Aberlour Aberlour Distillery & brand

    Aberlour

    Part of Chivas Brothers' portfolio, Aberlour is best known for its cult expression, A'Bunadh.

  • Allt-a-Bhainne Allt-a-Bhainne Allt-a-Bhainne Distillery & brand

    Allt-a-Bhainne

    Allt-a-Bhainne was built in 1975.

  • Braeval Braeval Braeval Distillery & brand

    Braeval

    The joint highest Scottish distillery.

  • Glen Keith Glen Keith Glen Keith Distillery & brand

    Glen Keith

    Experimental site with a fruity whisky.

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