We’ve seen quite a lot of Littlemill distilled in 1989 and 1990 over the last few years, and also one unique Littlemill 1988 by The Whiskyman. This brand-new version by Whisky-Fässle is a lot darker – more sherried.
Littlemill 23 yo 1988
(52,4%, Whisky-Fässle 2012, sherry cask)
Nose: very complex. It started in a ‘green’ herbal / spicy way, then moved towards sherry and subtle dried fruits (raisins, fruitcake), then precious woods and leather. Then there was a lovely wave of oily garage smells (hint of diesel?) and tobacco. And surprisingly enough after some time it also shows fresh, even slightly tropical fruits, like pink grapefruit, tangerine and mango. What a wonderful combination. Closest to the Littlemill 1989 in the Archives series I’d say.
Mouth: punchy, spicy start with peppery oak but also lots of fruity notes. Raisins and prunes combined with citrus, lemon and bergamot. Hints of coffee as well. Some ginger and liquorice.
Finish: long, peppery, with oak, ginger and cardamom.
Another lovely Littlemill. The sherry adds a lot of complexity to the already juicy mix of Lowlands citrus and spices. I love this profile and it won’t come back. Recommended. Around € 125.