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09 Jul 2010

Littlemill 1990 (Malts of Scotland – Fulldram)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Littlemill

This 20 years old Littlemill 1990 is a sister cask of the earlier Littlemill 1990 cask #915. It was bottled by Malts of Scotland in the Clubs series to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Belgian Fulldram whisky club. On the back label, they explain that they’ve evolved from peat heads to advocates of fruity whisky.

 

Littlemill 1990 Fulldram Littlemill 20 yo 1990 (53,9%, Malts of Scotland ‘Clubs’ 2010 for Fulldram, cask #736, 183 btl.)

Nose: a little closed and grassy at first, but it grows fruitier by the minute. Honeydew melon, kiwi, green banana, lemon balm. Lots of pink grapefruit. Lovely hints of frangipane as well. Almond paste. Succade. A bit of freshly sawn wood and a few estery notes (bubblegum / nail polish remover) now and then. Really great. Compared to cask #915 a tad more fruit and slightly higher complexity. Mouth: very punchy and beautifully fruity, but soon evolving on bitter grapefruit again (still too overpowering for me, just like in the sister cask). Lemon zest, gooseberries, some vanilla. Pungeant ginger and nutmeg. A faint waxiness as well. Hints of cinnamon. Woody notes in the aftertaste. With water: almonds. Finish: rather long with spices from the oak and bittersweet citrus.

 

Another Littlemill with a great nose. It deserves a few points more than its sister cask because of the bigger fruit and the slightly higher complexity. It gets even better with a few drops of water. Congratulations to the Fulldram members for picking this cask – one of the best Lowland whiskies I’ve had.

Most bottles were bought by club members but a handful are still available from QV.ID (a club member’s shop). Priced € 86.

Score: 90/100

Littlemill 1990 (Malts of Scotland – Fulldram) 4 Ruben Luyten 2010-07-09
  • ALouis

    I contacted twice QVID but my email remain unanswered, damn.

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    I don’t think they offer shipping services.

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