Littlemill

Littlemill 28 Years Old 1985 Treasurer’s Selection ~ 50.5% (Robert Graham)

Whisky Review: Littlemill 28 Years Old 1985 Treasurer’s Selection

Category: Lowland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Littlemill Distillery [closed]

Bottling: Robert Graham; Treasurer’s Selection

ABV: 50.5%

Cost: £250 from Robert Graham

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What they say:

Distilled: 1985
Bottled: Feb 2013
Release of: 230 bottles
Cask no: 99

Tasting Notes

Nose –

Gingerbread, marmalade, banana, red apple; thick winey oak tannins, touch of marzipan, battenburg sponge, tiny hint of glue; some floral elements with water, more fresh pastry and almond flakes. Jelly sweets – gummi bears, wine gums. Beautiful.

Palate –

Quite dry / astringent with age; raspberry jam, balsa wood. Touch of cinnamon, clove and cardamon. Soft Lowland texture. A little demerara sugar with water. Lemon icing.

Finish –

Very rubbery; vimto, cardboard, superglue; more wine gums. Sweetens with water to offer raspberry sponge cake.

An obvious recommendation for fans of lost Lowlanders; will also appeal to fans of Dalmore or Oban.

WHISKY MAGAZINE’S INDEPENDENT BOTTLERS CHALLENGE 2013
Silver Medal Winner in the 21 year old and over Lowland category

The Independent Bottlers’ Challenge tastes the very best whiskies produced by independent bottlers, a select band of private whisky businesses that select and bottle some of the most diverse whiskies available. With six regional categories, and three age ranges, the Challenge concentrates on the exceptional single malts offered by the independent bottling sector

What I say:

Dramvent Calender Day 23

This December I am attempting to sample and review a whisky everyday for the 24 days of Advent in the run up to Christmas. My very basic criteria as I sorted through my masses of whisky and samples were these:

  1. Single malt scotch only and should be (or have been) generally/easily available
  2. Each day must be from a different distillery
  3. Each day must be equivalent in age or older than the previous

Distilled at Littlemill Distillery in 1985, this precious whisky cask is amongst now only a few remaining from this distillery that was demolished in 1994 (the same year I moved in Edinburgh). This particular cask was bottled by Robert Graham as part of their Treasurer’s Selection and produced 230 bottled at cask strength of 50.5% ABV when bottled in February 2013 at 28 years old.

Colour:

Chardonnay/mid gold (6/20) quick-moving medium-sized tears leave finer legs

Nose:

Green and crunchy/fresh vegetal and new paint, sweet and savoury with dusty vanilla, celery, smoked apple and plenty of fresh almost under-ripe Galia melon and a little Honeydew melon too, cucumber water and some estery feints. With time a rich custard/creamy vanilla overpowers many of the aromas

Taste:

Melon and cucumber, estery, sherbet, plastic, syrupy, runny honey, Galia melon, fresh fruit, green banana, medium-bodied this has a sharpness and slightly sour element too that resolves with lime and grapefruit zest but with a little sweetness from the oak wood

Finish:

Long, subtle, sour, smoke, fruit, sweet & spice

Overall:

Quite an unusual expression this has a good dose of both sourness and freshness for its age with plenty of new paint and under-ripe Galia melon. The result is a perplexing mixture of easy drinking and oddly sour at times. Quite chimeric the age in this expression results in it shifting and evolving with air/time in the glass or a drop of water. As always though a pleasure to sample dwindling stock from a well-liked silent distillery lost to history.

Score: 88/100

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