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I’ve had this particular bottle of Littlemill on my shelf for almost a year and just found out that I have not yet written a proper tasting note for it. It’s a 20 Year Old Littlemill from Malts of Scotland, bottled in their Clubs range for the Belgian whiskyclub Fulldram. The cask yielded 183 bottles.
The nose is very fruity and waxy. Sweet, fresh and subtle. Quite some vanilla and marzipan. The fruit then: from melon via lime to pineapple and grapefruit. You need to take your time for this one, but it’s well worth it. Nuts and freshly cut grass. Very beautiful, almost feminine, nose (if such a thing exists). Comparable to the Silver Seal bottling I tried earlier, but much more refined. It would seem this whisky is racing down a fruity freeway, but has not yet decided which exit to take. At the end, it decides on the green banana exit.
But this whisky leaves no doubt at all on the palate: this is mag-ni-fi-cent! Fruity, creamy, wünderbar! All the fruit from the nose again – grapefruit in the lead – perfectly balanced with the wood (a wonderful bitter lining and soft trace of smoke). At no point do I even contemplate adding water, for it needs none. Spice-wise, I’m thinking cinnamon and nutmeg. Yeah, baby!
The finish is equally marvellous. More of the same. Bittersweet and very spicy death. With the Silver Seal bottle, I said it was one of the best Littlemill I had tried sof ar. Well… This is the best, no doubt about it. Boy, am I glad I got me a full bottle of this one. And, just for the record: the official bottlings of Littlemill don’t even come close!
I’m gonna pour me another one…