Tasting Littlemill 1988 , 23yo – “Archives”

Littlemill whisky Distillery was established in 1772 to the west of Bowling by the north shore of the River Clyde and on the main road into Glasgow. Subsequent modifications during the 1930s resulted in a number of novel features including double ventilation towers which sat over a single drying kiln and pot stills with rectifiers rather than the more traditional swan necks. The combination of pot and column stills in Littlemill was designed to produce malt whisky which was expected to mature quickly. At the time of closure in 1994 Littlemill Distillery was the oldest working malt whisky distillery in Scotland. Demolished, Littlemill is a lost Scottish distillery although the shell of the manager’s house remains. it’s really a pity that it’s been demolished as I have really enjoyed a few other indie LittleMills in the past, and it seems the ones that do get bottled are very good ones. so here’s another cracker this time by Whisky Base “Archives”.

Littlemill 1988, 23yo , 49.3 % , € 119.95  (out of stock)littlemill_1988_Archives

Nose:  Very nice, big big sherry nose here. sweet, with a lot of the expected dried fruit, sultana, dates, I’ll even say papaya, and guava can be found in there, if you give it enough time. grape peels, and honey. some wood, and a used cigar box.It’s fairly concentrated and powerful stuff. sherry heads, you will love this!

Palate: thick, viscous , oily and even chewy Spicy up front, then getting sweeter, with spices, dried fruits: think prunes, sultanas, dates, espresso, dark chocolate, wood , getting bitter towards the end.

Finish :  Bitter double espresso, Cinnamon covered dark chocolate

Bottom line:

Very very nice stuff. Sherry, lots of it, dried fruit and coffee , dark chocolate kind of that makes you want more and more. I am in love. Too bad it’s all sold out, and that is no wonder.

Score: 90/100

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