Littlemill 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.