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 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.