The John Milroy Selection

Milroy’s of Soho was founded by John ‘Jack’ Milroy in 1964 when he opened his wine shop at No. 3 Greek Street, in the heart of London’s swinging-sixties Soho district. This was the time and place to be – the epicentre of the pleasure-seeking world of ‘modern’ music, fashion and of course the wines and spirits that fuelled the era.

Before long Milroy’s was best known for selling the largest selection of whisky in London, perhaps even the world. John and his brother, Wallace, were delivering to the biggest names in the city; even the prime minister was a regular customer.

Over time the brothers established Milroy’s as a whisky institution: Jack went on to bottle many whiskies under his own name “John Milroy” and Wallace wrote the still revered ‘Malt Whisky Almanac’ and ‘Whisky In Your Pocket’. By the time Jack sold his “John Milroy” whisky brand to Berry Bros & Rudd Ltd in 2009, the name on the label had become synonymous with quality far beyond the UK.

We are pleased to represent this exceptional brand of single cask, single malt Scotch whiskies in the USA. Each bottling outturns near 400 bottles and when they are sold out they are gone forever.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Bunnahabhain Distillery, 1987

The enchanting nose gives dried fruit notes with apricot and honey coming to the fore. There is a trace ofpeat-smoke. The palate is layered, again rich withbuilding intensity as the elements displayed on thenose develop. This is a beautifully intense Malt withthe honey notes stretching long into the finish.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Auchentoshan Distillery, 1990

The nose gives vanilla and toasted oak. There is ripeapple and melon. The palate is lively and bursting with fruitiness which builds to deliver a nicely textured creamy, vanilla driven experience. The finish is long lingeringwith sweet fruit.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Blair Athol Distillery, 1991

Lemon balm and mint aromas emerge with fresh apples and green melons. The palate has a creamy texture with a balance of oak tannin, spice and fresh fruit. This is a refreshing summery sort of dram.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Glen Garioch Distillery, 1992

The earthy nose gives soft grassy notes with underlying yellow fruit skins and a whiff of smoke. The smoke is evident early on the palate and is carried along on a fruity magic carpet. This is a classy old malt whisky with great poise.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Glen Grant Distillery, 1996

The nose gives a remarkable fruit bowl pot pourri with deep scented wood notes. The palate is generous with bursts of citrus and vanilla as the flavours swell to release succulent sweet fruit on a carpet of honey. A lingering sweet and slightly spicy finale caps the experience.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Speyside Distillery, 1996

Bright apple aromas mingle with fruit salad and adelicate background peaty note. The creamy palate bursts with clean fruitiness and broadens to release some smokiness which lingers long into the spicy finish.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Aultmore Distillery, 2006

This classy malt has a distinct malty aroma which subsides to reveal some orange zest and toffee fudge with a hint of liquorice. The delivery on the palate is quite forward with fizzing fruitiness and a slightly peppery edge beforesettling down to allow a softer creamy finale.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Craigellachie Distillery, 2007

Delicate smokiness emerges with buttered toast aromas. There is some yellow fruit skin sweetness edged withbiscuity notes. The palate is full and rounded givingsucculent fruity bursts. A drier nutty and malty finishcaps the experience.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Dailuaine Distillery, 2007

The beguiling nose offers much in the way of sultanas, fudge and cream toffee with a firm hint of smokiness.The palate expands with bursts of citrus fruit, honey soaked Dundee cake and a decidedly perfumed complexity. This is a remarkably sophisticated Speysider.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Glenlossie Distillery, 2007

The nose gives an impression of dusty jute sacks in a spice warehouse. There is a fruity honeyed depth adding weight. The palate is playful with a creamy texture as the fruit and some nutty notes intermingle. Spice seems to have the last say and the finish has a gentle lingering quality.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Glen Moray Distillery, 2007

The nose is remarkably fruity with expressive vanilla and honey. Rich sugary barley presents well on the palate with yellow fruit and some spice sparring for attention as the mouth-feel expands. The finish is smooth, rich, spicy and fruity.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Ardmore Distillery, 2008

This expression has a firm fruitiness on the nose cut by some grassiness and distinctive peat-smoke. Some nice leather and spice notes add complexity. The palate isvibrant, building in intensity with some honeyed texture and expressive fruit before the peatiness develops and lingers into the finish.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Dufftown Distillery, 2009

The nose gives soft fresh fruity notes mingled with grassy, toasty and earthy nuances. Honey and melon also come to mind. The palate is broad and fattens revealing toasted oak, liquorice, blackcurrant and fizzing citrus. A smooth and citrussy finish rounds off the experience.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Mortlach Distillery, 2006

Grassy aromas evolve with some fruit gums, green apples, pears and a faint drift of smokiness. There is a firm intensity on the nose. The palate is juicy and fruity with a little smokiness cutting through. This is a robust Malt with a classy fruit driven style.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Glen Moray Distillery, 1996

The nose is fresh and uplifting with apple skins, polished oak and soft confected honey notes. The palate develops with a distinctive burst of cloves and some lovely liquorice traces.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Glen Garioch Distillery, 1995

The attractive nose gives soft grassy notes with underlying yellow fruit skins and a whiff of smoke. The smokiness is evident early on the palate and is carried along on a fruity magic carpet. This is a classy malt whisky with great poise.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Linkwood Distillery, 1989

Fruit and floral aromas abound with peach skin and vanilla coming to the fore. The delicately smoky palate has a balanced and complex feel, building to deliver nectarine, sugared almonds with sweet floral intensities towards the sublime elegant finish.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Miltonduff Distillery, 1982

The nose gives plenty of ripe tropical fruits. It is well integrated and rounded. With time some tannins and liquorice emerge adding extra dimension. The palate is fruity and creamy with playful longevity, finishing with some balancing oak.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Benrinnes Distillery, 2000

Deep nutty and fruity aromas dominate initially. There is a jammy intensity that emerges to give quince and some bruised apples. The palate is unctuous with bags of apples, yellow fruit and citrus. The finish is long lingering with a sweet and spicy balance.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Ben Nevis Distillery, 1997

The nose initially gives some deep seated peat-smoke overlaying the fruit notes which emerge nicely given a little time. The palate has a creamy texture that carries the full malty and fruity flavours well. This fine whisky has a rich intensitey and great poise.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Tormore Distillery, 1995

The nose gives plenty of ripe tropical fruits. It is well integrated and rounded. With time some tannins and liquorice emerge adding extra dimension. The palate is fruity and creamy with playful longevity, finishing with some balancing oak.

The John Milroy Selection: From the Bunnahabhain Distillery, 1990

The nose is beautifully perfumed with exotic fruits, wood spice and honey. The palate is rich and sinewy with more exotic fruit, some liquorice and a faint drift of smokiness in the background. One to be savoured.