Single malt whisky - tasting notes

08 Aug 2012

Littlemill 1991 (The First Editions)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Littlemill

Edition Spirits is a young bottler, founded last year by Andrew Laing. Although he’s part of a family that has been involved in the whisky industry for generations, he’s setting up his own company without relying on the warehouses of his father.

Currently there is one series called The First Editions. A lot of his bottles seem to go to Switzerland but they’re found in Singapore, Germany and Holland as well. First I’ll try a Littlemill 1991 matured in a bourbon cask.

 

 

Littlemill 1991 - The First EditionLittlemill 21 yo 1991 (47,7%, The First Editions 2012, ES 017/01)

Nose: a pleasant combination of waxy notes and fruits: grapefruit, lime, apple and kiwi. Orange drops. A few grassy notes and mint. All this coated in light honey. Faint herbal and mineral notes in the background. Nice. Mouth: fresh with lots of citrus again (grapefruit, lemon). Some candied ginger. Then rounder notes (vanilla). Good balance of sweeter and zestier notes. Shows some resinous notes in the aftertaste. Finish: medium length, on lemon zest, spices and hints of toffee.

Another good Littlemill. Missing a tiny bit of complexity compared to similar casks that I’ve tried, but very enjoyable overall. A promising start for this bottler. Around € 125.

Score: 87/100

Littlemill 1991 (The First Editions) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-08-08

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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