Category Archives: Millburn (closed 1985)

Millburn 1983 17-year-old by Signatory

Bought: Online Whisky Auction, 13th April 2016

84/100 – Whiskybase (from 4 member votes)

Millburn started out as the ‘Inverness Distillery’ in the early 1800s and spent some time as a mill later in the century. The distillery became Millburn in 1904 with the formation of the Millburn Distillery Company, drawing its name from the source of the water from the nearby Mill Burn. It survived a fire in 1922 but not the slump in the whisky industry in the 1980s. The distillery was closed in 1985 and demolished in 1988.

Although bottles of Millburn are quite rare there are 83 separate releases listed on Whiskybase, 80 of which are by independent bottlers. Gordon & MacPhail have released the most with 26, Cadenhead come second with 11, and Signatory (who made my bottle) have 9 releases.

84/100 on Whiskybase is a pretty good score albeit from only 4 member votes. Expert whisky reviewer Mark Dermul leaves these tasting notes:

Nose: The nose offers a strange mix of mashed potatoes, butterscotch, Sevilla oranges, hay, butane gas and cardboard. After having breathed for a bit, it becomes somewhat perfumy. Dried flowers? Mint! My first encounter with Millburn was equally strange. I am getting the feeling that Millburn and me are not a very good match.

Taste: It is mildly oily and immediately both sweet and salty. The sweet translates into candied sugar, Turkish Delight, maple syrup and caramel, while the salt counters nicely. Seems like peanut butter. And I have to admit, this is actually quite good. This Millburn is rehabilitating big time. The cardboard is never far off, though.

Finish: The long finish on lightly bitter oranges and spices take the doubt away.

Comments: After a weird nose, this lost glory gets totally back into the game.

Millburn 1983 17yo 70cl