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This week we will try a couple Littlemill from the ‘90s from last Century (with a little extra from the seventies). Let us begin with the 21 Year Old from the London bottler Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was neither colored nor chill-filtered. But the label lacks any kind of identification of the type of cask, only the number 13. Since we are not superstition, let us taste!
Bull’s eye from the first whiff! The nose is rife with grapefruit, apples, lime and freshly cut grass. A bit of earth in the background and some green herbs as well. Hints of walnuts. Hazelnuts too. Touch of farmer’s butter. Clearly a bourbon cask.
Sturdy mouthfeel with a wonderful touch of chalk that precedes the spices and fruit. I am even reminded of a gin for a moment (Angelica root and coriander), but that lasts only until again the grapefruit and lemons kick in. Zesty! Green tea. Vanilla. Ah… pommegranate! This is a fruity one. And so good that I decided not to add water.
In the long and warm finish the grapefruit and lemons linger the longest.
Fantastically good Littlemill on bourbon cask. Wow! Thanks, Green Man, for the sample!