Berry Brothers Littlemill Tasting Notes

Posted: December 31, 2012 in Littlemill, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Berry Brothers Selection Littlemill 1992 (20 year old) 54.6%

Bourbon Cask 9/ Dist: 1992 Btl: 2012/ Tasted: Nov 2012

Quite a fresh nose to begin with showing cut grass, apricot and summer barley. The creamy oak builds to become quite sweet and Bourbony. Hints of fennel, cinnamon juniper and savoury malt follow and with time it becomes quite floral.

The palate is quite heavy on the oak, light white chocolate with hints of grass trying to come through. The oak holds and it is pleasantly creamy. Hints of hessian, spice and bung cloth on the middle. Good length with a slight salty note on the finish.

A drop of water really flattens the nose and emphasises the hessian and bung cloth note. The palate is also flattened and less exotic with a touch of burnt caramel now. More earthy with a touch of dried tea leaf on the finish.

Berry Brothers Selection Littlemill 1988 (27 year old?) 46%

Cask 33

Tasted: Mar 2015

Nose: A beautiful nose of chunky barley and fragrant honey along with a good dollop of white peach and apricot. Effusive, creamy vanillins appear along with a subtle sawdusty note. With time it develops some fresh, grassy notes and lightly grainy spices.

Palate: Quite fresh but deeply honeyed with barley and sub-tropical fruit. Pleasantly malty on the middle with the oak showing a slight coffee’d character.

Finish: Mouth-watering and mineral finish which becomes increasingly tannic as the oak takes hold.

Conclusion: It’s an enjoyable aperitif style whisky. My only gripe is that the oak bites a little hard on the finish.

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