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September 13, 2013


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Tasting two new Littlemill

It seems that the Littlemill fury isn't over yet, and we certainly won't complain. In theory, we should have the younger one first but as the old one is much lighter, we'll rather have that one as #1.

Littlemill 36 yo 1977/2013 (40.2%, Cadenhead, small batch, bourbon hogshead, 150 bottles)

Littlemill 36 yo 1977/2013 (40.2%, Cadenhead, small batch, bourbon hogshead, 150 bottles) Four stars and a half I have tried very few Littlemills that were distilled in the 1970s. Should we expect a straight fruit bomb or rather a quiet cereally one? Let's see... Colour: white wine. Nose: straight on pina colada! This is something new to me, I had always thought these old Littlemills were much more on grass and grains, and much less on fruits as, say the ones from the early 1990s. So, good news - but it could be that Cadenhead chose to bottle this baby precisely because it's greatly odd. Pineapples, coconut, a few sour fruits (around overripe passion fruits? Kiwi?) and then a wee earthy touch. Great but as always, at this strength and at this age, the palate could be a wreck... Let's see. Mouth: sweet Vishnu, it's almost a miracle! Sure the oak's strongish, with quite some 'dry' tea both black and green as well as spoonfuls of cocoa powder and cinnamon, but the fruits are still there, although we're maybe more on grapefruits and their skins than on an extravagant tropicality. Good body at barely 40%, another small miracle. And it remained fresh. Finish: medium, lemony, with touches of salt in the aftertaste. Cinnamon and ginger as well. Comments: I had thought this old Littlemill would be more fragile or unstable. SGP:451 - 88 points.

Littlemill 23 yo 1990/2013 (52,4%, The Whisky Agency, refill hogshead, 332 bottles)

Littlemill 23 yo 1990/2013 (52,4%, The Whisky Agency, refill hogshead, 332 bottles) Four stars In my experience, 1990 was a very good 'vintage' at Littlemill. Colour: straw. Nose: classic and classy. More straight citrus fruits than in the 1977, a little more sweetness that hints at American oak (vanilla) and then passion fruits indeed. Grapefruits too. With water: sweeter and fruitier, with more oranges and honey. Lovely now. Mouth (neat): it's a rather strange one, not too sure this one isn't grassier than the 1977. There's certainly a lot of lemon and grapefruit zests, a little vanilla, lemon marmalade and then cardamom and, yes, grass juice. It's actually pretty dry and grassy. I even find touches of capers. With water: it didn't get any sweeter this time. I'd swear I had some Taiwanese wulong the other day that was very close to this. Finish: good length, with lime and touches of agave. Some paraffin in the aftertaste. Zesty! Comments: it's not quite one of those fruitbombs that we know well, but this sharpish greenness works very well if you're into this style as much as I am. SGP:561 - 87 points.

More tasting notes Check the index of all Littlemill I've tasted so far

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

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