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Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 Archives


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

11th Nov 2017


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Ah, Littlemill, always fun. It is also one of the few distilleries of which you can be absolutely sure that the bottles will rise in value. Stocks are still being bottled, but they sell so fast that you actually have to be online when they go on offer. Otherwise, you’ll simply be too late. The second hand market for Littlemill is booming. Take this Archives bottling for the Dutch market, for example. It was gone in 60 seconds. I am fortunate to have received a sample, I suppose.

Oh, yes! Wonderfully complex nose on all kinds of citrus (mostly grapefruit and blood oranges) and tropical fruits like melon, figs and passion fruit. Waxy, reminiscent of the better Clynelish. Grass and lamp oil in the background. Something milky, that I cannot quite pinpoint. Have you ever cut a cactus and smelled that juice? Reminds me of that. Tiger balm. This is stunning.

On the palate it is equally complex. Again very waxy. The citrus clearly takes the lead (pink grapefruit!), followed closely by green apples, coconut and mango juice. Very zesty and spicy on coriander and liquorice.

The finish is long and zesty, but it does leave the mouth completely dry.

Wow! This Littlemill is written with the L of Legendary. Thanks, Manny, what a wonderful liquid!

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