Littlemill 8 (OB)

Prepubescent Lowlander

Something new, yet old and familiar. Many of you may already have seen an official bottle of the lost Lowland distillery Littlemill at an online auction or still even on the shelves of a dedicated whisky shop. Most likely it will have been the 5yo: the standard edition of Littlemill. So this 8yo single malt is somewhat of an oddity, as I have no idea when it was even bottled, 90’s, 80’s or even the 70’s?

Littlemill’s claim to fame came only after its demise when its casks could finally reach a more suitable age for bottling. Like many of the official bottlings of Littlemill this 8yo whisky was most likely sold prematurely, unable to reach that depth of character for which it is praised nowadays. Probably a waste of good spirit, but it could well be an insightful experience.



Description: matured for eight years in most likely a bourbon cask and bottled by the Littlemill Distillery co. ltd. at 40.0% ABV.

Nose: unobtrusive, the aroma of dusty hay, flour and yeast. A vague fruity sense of coconut and citrus with a soft touch of pine needles.

Mouth: where is my fruitiness? It is bitter herbal: black pepper, coriander and rosemary.

Finish: very short and drying, ending abruptly on a note of vanilla.

The Verdict: expectations were met. Let us keep it at that. It is what you would expect from a young unfinished whisky bottled at the bare minimum ABV level.

Score: 75

Nose: 20

Taste: 17
Finish: 16 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house