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17 Feb 2014

Littlemill 1990 (Eiling Lim)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Littlemill

Eiling Lim whiskySome of you may know Eiling Lim as a Malaysian blogger writing about food, wine and whisky (among other things) but I have the impression we might remember her more as a whisky bottler in the future. For the selection of casks she’s assisted by ex-Malt Maniac / Glenfarclas collector / former independent bottler Luc Timmermans, her newly-wed husband and obviously a respected name to have on your label.

This is her (their) first release, a Littlemill 1990. Only 68 bottles are available, it’s no secret this is from a shared cask. The release is intended for the Malaysian market, her home country, which is still slightly immature when it comes to whisky. Eiling Lim is officially the first independent bottler in Malaysia.

I’ve had the pleasure of translating Eiling’s ideas into a label design, I hope you like it. It combines retro elements like the diagonal ribbon with some up-to-date typography. The whisky was a pleasant surprise for me as well.



Littlemill 1990 - Eiling Lim (Malaysia)Littlemill 23 yo 1990
(49,8%, Eiling Lim 2013, cask selected by Luc Timmermans, 68 btl.)

Nose: needs ten minutes in the glass. It starts on grasses, sweet grains and apples, which may seem a tad generic, but it would be short-sighted to stop there. After a while it becomes warmer than most other Littlemills, and wider: quite some vanilla, marzipan and buttercups. The typical, half-tropical fruitiness too: pineapple, all kinds of citrus, hints of creamy papaya and top notes of passion fruits. Excellent, especially with the added beeswax. Mouth: more directly fruity. Lots of tangerines, pink grapefruits, green mango and peaches. Vanilla again (bourbon cask?), sweet almond paste and honey. Some polished oak and minerals, ginger and a little green tea with lemon. Finish: long, with some bitter lemon, sweet oak and grapefruit.

Another great Littlemill, utterly fruity with a balanced layer of Lowlands minerality. Among the best non-sherried Littlemills I know (on the same level as the one bottled by The Whiskyman for Lindores some time ago) and a perfect start for a start-up bottler. Should be available in a couple of weeks. Around RM900.

Score: 91/100

Littlemill 1990 (Eiling Lim) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-02-17
  • joeri

    looks classy!

  • WhiskyNotes

    Thank you!

  • eiling

    Thanks Ruben! It is a beautiful label and this is a wonderful tasting note writeup!

  • Lance

    order quick! i hear they’re running out fast.

  • Dram Dracula

    Thanks to both Ei Ling and Ruben! I saw it here first and was able to reserve one before the bottles ran out! For a Malaysian like myself who is a whisky fan, this first bottle is monumental! Thanks Ei Ling for willing to fill in a big gap in current Malaysian whisky culture! I will keep an eye for future bottlings!

  • Eiling

    Thanks Dram Dracula. Your support is much appreciated and I look forward to bottle more good Whisky!!! Cheers

  • Steffen Sand

    Yup! Sounds and looks very good. Good job with that label Ruben. I had the pleassure of doing one for an independent HP. Very fun process.

  • WhiskyNotes

    Thanks. I love designing labels, it’s two passions coming together.

  • Jorn

    Hi Ruben, Where can I order this bottle, do they ship it to the Netherlands? And: is there any chance of you reviewing the Littlemill 21 OB (black bottle in wooden case) For there a so little reviews about this botlle.. Greetz!

  • WhiskyNotes

    You’re too late, Jorn. All sold out, sorry. No plans for reviewing the 21 OB so far, as I don’t have a sample.

  • Jorn




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