In 1824 Andrew
Peary and Robert Bain founded the Miltonduff Distillery
located south of Elgin. At that time over 50 illegal
distilleries existed in the surrounding area. Miltonduff
was among the first distilleries to receive a distilling
licence in Scotland. The first distillery on the same
spot was Benedictine monks whom most likely had an aqua
vitae distillery. However, the truth in that statement
is somewhat sketchy since there are no documents or
James Grand, whom also owned Highland Park Distillery,
was the owner of Miltonduff for a few years. In 1866 it
was bought by William Stuart and he renovated and
expanded the site in the end of the 1890s. Just like
many other distilleries is was forced to close
production during WW1 and WW2 due to restrictions on
Between 1964 and 1981 Miltonduff produced a whisky
called Mosstowie along with Miltonduff. The owners at
the time, Hiram Walker & Sons, produced large amounts of
several types of blends and thus had a huge demand for
different kinds of malt. A pair of Lomond stills was
installed, which had an additional condenser in the head.
The condenser made it possible to alter the reflux
action in a controlled manner and thus widen the
character and style of its malts.
In 1981 production of the Mosstowie ceased when it
became apparent that the new stills didn’t work well in
the long run; the plates in the column quickly became
covered in residue and proved to be very difficult to
clean and maintain. Also, the competition with the
distillery’s other brand made the demand for Mosstowie
dwindle when the demand for Miltonduff increased, so
space and resources were used to expand Miltonduff
instead. The stills were cannibalized when a new set of
traditional stills were built and the annual production
ended up on 5.4 millions litres.
Gordon & MacPhail have bottled a few Mosstowie’s as
single malts, very rare to come by.
In 1992 Allied Distillers Ltd bought Miltonduff. In
addition to the distillery the site also held Allied
Distillers laboratory, central workshop, technical
centres and the main business administration. The
Miltonduff Distillery mainly produced malt whisky used
in blended whisky and in particular in Allied Distillers
major hit Ballantines Blend. The few rare bottles of
Miltonduff that exist have been released as single malts
by Gordon & MacPhail.
of Miltonduff bottlings
Miltonduff 15 yo 46%
Miltonduff -Glenlivet 12 yo 75cl 43%
Miltonduff 30 yo 1968 40% Gordon & McPhail
Miltonduff 20 yo1978 53% Moon Import
Mosstowie 1979 40%
Bulk distillery for
Allied Distillers Ltd, produces whisky for e.g.
Ballantines. The first distillery to extract and divert
the carbon dioxide gas from the fermentation process.
source is the Black Burn spring and manually drilled
wells. The type of barley varies but is taken from
Muntons Maltings. The distillery has a stainless steels
mash tun which holds 14.5 tonnes. There are 18 stainless
steel wash backs which each holds 38 000 litres.
Miltonduff was the first distillery to extract and
divert the carbon dioxide gas from the fermentation
process. There are three wash stills and three spirit
stills about 4.5m high, with Lyne arms that have a 30°
angle. The wash stills holds 17 000 litres each and are
externally heated. The spirit stills are somewhat
smaller than the wash stills and are internally steam
heated. The raw sprit is stored on first fill bourbon
casks and to a smaller extent on sherry casks. The casks
are stored on-site in big warehouses, together with
other whiskies made by Allied Distillers. The warehouse
has a capacity of 54 000 casks. The annual production at
Miltonduff is currently just over three million litres.
The Miltonduff Distillery
Elgin, Morayshire IV30 3TQ
Visitors: Visitors are welcome between September
and June: Mon – Thurs 10-14. Advance bookinbg is needed
for the guided tours.
Owner: Allied Distillers Ltd
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