Whisky Review: The Whisky Agency Littlemill 1989 Aged 29 Years 

Style: Herbal and Fruity

Nose:
Clean and fragrant malt flowing in beautifully. Jasmine, elderflower and tropical fruits tea. Melon cake and mochi placed at the base and whirl all the way towards the rim. Peppermint, five spices and lily petals spicing up the aroma. Lemon tart and Hawaiian punch dressed with orange zest at the back. Very nice.

Palate:
Malt immersed deeply in elderflower liqueur, followed by a strong medicinal herb stream which carries vanilla and melon daifuku. Fruity at the top, but the core is really herbaceous. Green melons, some sponge cake and cream soda fizzling spritely underneath. Tropical fruits salad marinated in Eau De Vie, Blueberries and coconut shreds granola, followed by barley, malt juice and white chocolate at its tail.

Finish:
Boiled tropical fruits taking a hint of floral fragrance. Malt lingers till the very end.

Thoughts:
I remember my friend told me that good Littlemills tend to have aromatic green melon notes in it, and yes, this does and I like it. This herbal-driven Littlemill comes with a good level of green fruits running on the side. At the same time, there are drier instances that I feel there is some resemblance to Irish whiskies. Making the expression pretty complex and interesting. Clean, fragrant and creamy as well. I did not get to try a lot of Littlemills, but so far, this is one of the better ones I have come across. Delicious.

☆ [Recommended]

[49.3% | Independent Bottling | Single Cask | 1989 Distilled | 2019 Bottled | Natural Colour | Cask Strength | Hogshead | *+]

-Esmond

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Small Batch Littlemill Aged 22 Years

Tasting Notes:

Cadenhead Small Batch Littlemill Aged 22 Years ☆ [Recommended]

Style: Earthy and Herbal

Nose:

Cotton candy with caramelized pop corns sprinkled on top, sweetness condensed up front. Firing spice sliced in with a hint of stewed onions, parsley, beetroot and chilli. Fresh and a bit of earthy. Not often you come across such an herbal profile. Rich, lovely aroma.

Palate:

Started with a light-hearted drizzle of banana vanilla sauce then we have a rendezvous with the greens: carrots, beetroots, red onions and capsicums. Good, raw sweetness, emitting refreshing vibe with a touch of earthiness. Moments of simmering boiled notes are rounded off by caramel and smoke.

Finishing:

Swinging towards the sweeter side, a bit of acidity from the white grapes, followed by sweetness of toast, cooked bananas and caramel oil. Rather long and smooth finish.

Thoughts:

Great complexity with a rare, strong herbal character. Perhaps not everyone is a fan of vegetal profile in whisky, but I don’t have any problem with that. Neat structure with multiple layers of flavours are gently delivered, clean, sweet and unique. What a good whisky from the now-demolished lowland distillery and their stock is gradually hard to come by…

[53.7% • 2014 • Independent Bottling • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • 558 Bottles • Limited Edition • Closed Distillery]

-Esmond