Djeez, to think that this was released in 2011 and only now do I get a chance to try it – thanks to my buddy Imanuel. This Littlemill was selected by Luc Timmermans for his so-called Handwritten Labels series, but by now is nowhere to be found anymore.
Grand and somewhat old school nose with lots of bitter oranges, honeysweet cherries and a floral touch, drenched in dark caramel syrup. Ginger and liquorice, cinnamon and cloves. Rum raisins, mocha and a hint of chocolate. All the way in the back is a mild note of wood glue, but it works.
It could have done with a bit more body in my book, but taste wise it’s an absolute bomb! Sweet and sour on cherries, kiwi, grapefruit, oranges, raisins, gooseberries and candied sugar, while the wood keeps it a tad dry. Again spicy, but softer than the nose announced. The sherry cask clearly put its foot down, but when it’s this good, one can only cheer.
The finish is medium long, drying and wonderfully old school.
It’s hard to detect the soft Littlemill character because of the very active sherry cask, but I could not care less as this is simply a marvelous dram. Thanks, Manny!