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19 Jan 2013

Littlemill 1988 (Liquid Sun)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Littlemill

Next up in the new batch of Liquid Sun releases: a Littlemill 1988. There seems to be a real revival of Littlemill, now that the indies straightened the path there’s even an official 21 years old (which I’ve heard is not so great).

 

Littlemill 1988 Liquid SunLittlemill 24 yo 1988 (52,9%, Liquid Sun 2012, refill bourbon hogshead, 326 btl.)

Nose: a rather grassy expression. Dried grasses, fresh chives, all the way to moss and musty cellars. Wet gravel. Then some paraffin and a little butter. A little menthol. It does develop some fruity notes (citrus and some green banana) but they’re shy – all quite typical but we’ve been spoiled by some surprisingly fruity Littlemills lately. Mouth: again quite green and grassy. Lots of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, oily lemon. Mint and ginger. Slightly simple but with a nice Riesling dryness. Also a soft leafy bitterness. Hints of liquorice. Finish: medium long, clean and citrusy.

A slightly “green”, zesty and dusty version of Littlemill, a little less seducing when compared to the slightly atypical versions that were released in the last few months. Probably around € 130.

Score: 87/100

Littlemill 1988 (Liquid Sun) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-01-19

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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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