Littlemill 27 Year Old 1985 – The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Company)
46% ABV, £85 for 70cl
What they say:
This was distilled at Littlemill in 1985 before a 27 year maturation in a single cask (number 110). It was bottled in 2012 for the Vintage Malt Whisky Company’s Coopers Choice range.
What I say:
A chance to taste history as the Littlemill Distillery was closed permanently in 1992, partially dismantled in 1996 and the remains destroyed by fire in 2004. Littlemill sat on the cusp of the lowland/highland scotch whisky regions but its whisky was classed as lowland style. Possibly one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland from ~1772 to 1930 triple-distillation was practised at Littlemill (as still is at Auchentoshan today). The distillery produced three different kinds of whisky: a heavily peated variety “Dumbuck”, a full bodied whisky “Dunglas” and a light traditional lowland whisky under its own name “Littlemill”. Dumbuck and Dunglas were discontinued in 1972. What stocks are left of Littlemill is unknown, although independent bottlings are still being released such as the recent expression from That Boutique-Y Whisky Company (released ~end 2013).
Flowery daffodil, estery, icing sugar sweetness, grassy, new paint, perfumed hints of maraschino cherry
Tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, sour grapefruit, coconut, pina colada, cinnamon fireball gobstoppers, extremely hot cinnamon burn, very sweet and sugary though with a thin and slightly oily mouthfeel
Shortish finish, more icing sugar sweetness that develops a little sourness and becomes woody, reminiscent of guava
Would I buy it again:
Unsure if I would purchase this expression again as it is not the easiest drinker. For the opportunity to sample what can only be limited and dwindling stocks of Littlemill’s output though I would jump at the chance of trying any further expressions that may get released (and hopefully not have astronomical price tags). This is certainly interesting and perhaps has some familiarity with Auchentoshan though I have never felt either befitted the ‘Lowland-Style’ classification due to their own uniqueness. For a sip of whisky history this one was priceless.