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29 Jun 2012

Littlemill 1991 (Whisky-Doris)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Littlemill

 

Littlemill 1991 Whisky-DorisLittlemill 20 yo 1991 (49%, Whisky-Doris 2012, bourbon cask #554, 153 btl.)

Nose: balancing between sharper notes (wet sand, lemon juice, a little peat) and rounder notes (apricots and vanilla). Honeydew melon. Hay. A peppery herbal note in the background, which keeps the whole punchy and assertive. Mouth: nicely candied citrus, plenty of pink grapefruits, then growing warming and sweeter towards papaya, strawberry and creamy vanilla. Some mineral / coastal notes and a spicy wave to finish it off (pepper, cinnamon). Nice evolution. Finish: long, with the spices in the foreground, a hint of peat and some coffee beans in the background.

All-round Littlemill. Coastal, fruity, zesty notes… it goes in different directions but it’s very rewarding overall. I still like the sherried versions better but this is very high quality as well. Around € 100.

Score: 89/100

Littlemill 1991 (Whisky-Doris) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-06-29
  • MARS

    I must say that I prefer the bourbon version of littlemill. But I have to try the sherried version with a lot of bottle opening.
    Tryed the last archives(the 1988) saterday and wasn’t impressed at all (compared with a bourbon version).
    I think I am going to try to get a bottle of this one(a 90+ material for me if I read correctly your notes) ;-)

  • WhiskyNotes

    For me the combination of tropical fruits and old-style sherry is heavenly, the sherry also seems to take away some sharpness and zestiness. But as always, we’re talking about personal preferences here. In any case all versions are pretty great.

  • whisky_facile

    I was waiting for it… ;)

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