On the 12th December last year I was lucky enough to be able to sit down with a number of fellow whisky fans on twitter to taste 4 whiskies from Milroy’s of Soho. Thanks to Steve Rush from The Whisky Wire for organising the tasting.
The four drams to be tasted were:
- Milroy’s of Soho Blended Malt
- Milroy’s of Soho Single Cask Longmorn 13 yrs
- Milroy’s of Soho Single Cask Cooley 2001 bottling, 11 years.
- Milroy’s of Soho Single cask Zuidam Dutch Rye, 4yrs.
I was particularly interested in the Dutch Rye which is a 100% rye mashbill. Here is my setup for the tasting:
Milroy’s of Soho Blended Malt
- ABV 40%
- Price £19.95
Nose: Slight Bruichladdich note (crumble and cream), buttery, dried apple then fresh pear, slightly coastal, creamy vanilla and madeira cake.
Palate: Creamy mouthfeel, touch of vanilla but spicy. A little young.
Finish: White pepper and a little dry oak.
Verdict: Where be the fruit? Nice nose but I wish there was some of the fruit from there on the palate. Good price for this one though.
Milroy’s of Soho Single Cask Longmorn, 13 yrs
- ABV 46%
- Age 13 years
- Refill Hogshead
- Price £35
Nose: Biscuits, umbongo, floral, tomato puree. Takes ages to open up.
Palate: Creamy mouthfeel like the standard 16, vanilla and barley with watery fruit juice.
Finish: Lots of pepper and creamy vanilla as with the 16.
Verdict: This is a nice whisky and the price is good. However, there are a lot of great Longmorns available from lots and lots of different companies and I think there are nicer ones out there, though you will probably have to pay a little more.
Milroy’s of Soho Single Cask Cooley 2001 bottling
- Age 11 yrs
- ABV 46%
- Price: NA
Nose: Corn and rye. Big vanilla and banana milkshake. Bubble gum `cola’ bottles (the blue and pink ones).
Palate: There’s the rye! Vanilla, spice, like cinnamon-pepper. Slight liquorice note.
Finish: Liquorice, rye and hot oak.
Verdict: This is excellent. I wrote a note to myself to pick up a bottle after christmas and I’ve gone onto Milroy’s website and they don’t have any. This makes me sad!
Milroy’s of Soho Single Cask Zuidam Dutch Rye
- ABV 46%
- Age 4 years
- 100% Rye
- Price £75
Nose: Like being beaten to death with a sack of rye, in a rye field. Rye, sawdust, tea, iron filings, workshops, varnish.
Palate: Rye, creamy vanilla, freshly sawn oak shavings, cough sweets (fishermans friends).
Finish: More rye in a workshop with fishermans friends.
Verdict: This is a big Wow whisky! I’ve never tasted anything like it and to even have the opportunity to experience 100% rye was a real privilege. It’s £75 so it is not cheap, but, as they say on the website, this is the first ever single cask single rye whisky. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more 100% rye from Zuidam.
Overall verdict: Some very interesting whiskies to taste here. The Cooley and the Rye were real highlights. It just goes to re-enforce something I’ve been pursuing all year. The fact that some of the best whiskies can be found at really good prices bottled not by the distilleries themselves, but by independent bottlers like Milroy’s of Soho.