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24 May 2013

Littlemill 1988 (Whisky Agency)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Littlemill

We’ve had at least 15 Littlemill expressions in the last year or so, all from the 1988-1992 period. Let’s see how this one compares, a Littlemill 1988 in the Faces series (Whisky Agency).

 

 

Littlemill 1988 Whisky AgencyLittlemill 24 yo 1988
(50,3%, The Whisky Agency ‘Faces’ 2013, refill bourbon hogshead, 309 btl.)

Nose: citrus all the way, slightly reminiscent but not as liqueur-like as the Whiskyman release for example. Notes of grapefruit, lime, limoncello, sweeter oranges, lemongrass… Rather creamy in its fruitiness. Also hints of gravel and dried herbs. Mouth: more citrus. Plenty of tangerines, pink grapefruit – fresh and slightly tropical. Candied ginger. Secondary hints of pear and candy sugar as well. Finish: long, slightly grainier and zestier now with a soft bitterness and faint salty liquorice.

This is why so many people have been on the lookout for Littlemill lately. Deep fruitiness with secondary notes for complexity. Among the best bourbon matured Littlemills I’ve come accross. Around € 130.

Score: 89/100

Littlemill 1988 (Whisky Agency) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-05-24

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