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March 11, 2021


Littlemill times three

I always like to try the old Lowlanders, sadly there aren't many around anymore.

Littlemill 1992 (40%, James McAllister's Selection, 20cl, +/-2000)

Littlemill 1992 (40%, James McAllister's Selection, 20cl, +/-2000) Two stars and a half
An old wee bottle I had bought when Glen Katrine used to (try to) invade the shelves of our supermarkets with many strange Glen Scotias and Littlemills. It was a tri-pack with some Tomatin too. It's to be remembered that no one was caring for Littlemill back then. Colour: gold. Nose: herbal teas, flowers and exotic fruits, with a wee medicinal side around camphor? Hey hey! I wasn't expecting much but this is nice. Dandelions and jasmine, ylang-ylang, mangos and bananas, patchouli… Having said that, when patchouli comes out on the nose, that's not obligatorily a good sign… Mouth: starts citrusy, which is always very nice, but becomes pretty bitter, a little too leafy, resinous, too much on turmeric and ginseng tea. At least this should cure any small diseases we would have - unknowingly. No, not Covid-19 I'm afraid. It's almost as if it was slightly corked. Finish: short, grassy, but with good citrus in the background. Lemon drops. Comments: a rather average young Littlemill from the very last years.
SGP:561 - 78 points.

Another, older 1992 please…

Littlemill 27 yo 1992/2020 (52.3%, The Whisky Agency, hogshead, 260 bottles)

Littlemill 27 yo 1992/2020 (52.3%, The Whisky Agency, hogshead, 260 bottles) Five stars
Colour: gold. Nose: pure pink bananas, maracuja, mangos, and just a touch of sunflower oil and grenadine. Classic ueber-fruity Littlemill that needs no further comments, although we could add that it's very reminiscent of those indie Bushmills that had been distilled around the same period of time, this Littlemill being just a little oilier and leafier. With water: honeysuckle and lime blossom, a drop of grape pip oil, one of almond milk. Mouth (neat): superlatively fruity! Huge oranges, bananas, papayas, hint of Melissa tea, and of course, mangos. Lovely touches of earth. With water: do not ad too much water to these old fruit-bombs, they may get a little too leafy. Finish: long and more herbal, with drops of non-destemmed marc and green bananas. Comments: just superb, but just don't add any water, the trick is tricky. Oh well you see what I mean.
SGP:651 - 90 points.

Another recent one to make this a trio…

Littlemill 30 yo 1988/2019 (55.3%, Hunter Laing, Old & Rare, refill hogshead, 85 bottles)

Littlemill 30 yo 1988/2019 (55.3%, Hunter Laing, Old & Rare, refill hogshead, 85 bottles) Five stars
A very small outturn but the strength is right. Colour: pale gold. Nose: well this is not a fruit bomb at all this time, rather a combination of many soft herbal teas, including tea. Some hay, chamomile, a little wormwood, woodruff, cinnamon sticks, Wulong tea, some green tobacco, balsa wood, praline, pistachios… It's all very subtle, delicate, almost evanescent globally. With water: perhaps a little more banana skin, white asparagus, more green tea, whiffs of moss… A very elegant nose that requests your attention. Mouth (neat): more fruits right from the start, especially blood oranges and pink grapefruits, with a lovely acidic sourness, then a very sauvignon-blanc-y development, you would almost believe you're in Sancerre. The chalkiness is pretty perfect. With water: yess! More chalk, stems, lemons, green tea, even clean lees and green bananas. And a clear feeling of high-end Wulong indeed. Finish: medium, on pretty much the same delicate flavours. Only the aftertaste is a tad leafier, but it's a thirty, is it not. Comments: another side of Littlemill, after the lovely fruity TWA. Same ballpark, as far as quality's concerned.
SGP:561 - 90 points.

(Thank you KC!)

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