Littlemill Archives Crab series 1988/25 years old

The first of an upcoming series around Littlemill. This is part of the “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale” serie, or simpler the Archives Littlemill’s with a crab on the label. The subject to the taste surgery this evening is distilled 11/1988 and bottled 02/2014 at a nice strength of 51,9%, it is derived from cask 12, which was a bourbon hogshead. Let start the surgery!

littlemill-1988-archives cask 12Nose: Quite restraint and winey at first, after a while opening in a waxy fruitiness accompanied with a good floral honey (clover perhaps). Fruitiness with hints of Gallia melon, white grapes, green apple and peach with hints of lemongrass. Some cereals also in the background. Slight hint of oak.

Taste: Creamy honeyed softness to start with. Again the same fruitiness as on the nose, but also some banana is coming to the playground. As a carrier of these flavours there is also some cereal present. A typical herbal spiciness which I can’t determine.  After a while some stronger flavours of ginger, pepper and toasted oak arrives just before the moment you would say yes time to swallow…

Finish: Again that waxy, creamy, oily type at first. Vanilla and honey, with more powerful oakiness which shows in a light not unpleasant bitterness to balance the experience. Again that herbal spiciness, but still no ah-moment to determine this which is really annoying….. but also forces me over and over again to take a sip…. enslaving……

Conclusion: A dram that builds in my opinion. At first sniff it is somewhat shy… give it time and the dram catches you and makes you a slave, wanting more and more…..its goooood!  Used to be on sale at the whiskybase shop for € 135.

Thanks Adri for the sample!

About gjr71

Whisky enthousiast, working for a auditing firm. Loves Whisky, Wine, Music and a good meal.
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