Littlemill 1988 Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)
When this dram was announced back in April it was one that I really fancied trying as Littlemill's are becoming rarer and are on that upward price move that a lot of the other Closed Distilleries have seen over the last few years also.
When the sample arrived of this Hunter Laing Old and Rare Platinum dram bottled exclusively for The Whisky Barrel I got really excited.
For the strength this is actually quite light and easy to drink, there are some lovely floral notes on the nose, with Parma violets there but not on the palate.
I really enjoyed his dram, it's not cheap (but it certainly on a par with all the other Littlemill bottling out there) and there are only 150 bottles of it available and it is a 26 year old dram from a distillery which no longer exists. If you have the budget for this it really is worth buying for a special occasion.
Thanks to The Whisky Barrel for the official sample.
Gentle and light with fresh vanilla coming through along with a lot of waxy fruit feel, oranges and lemons and grape fruits, lots of floral gums and carnations with Parma violets hinting and edges of chinese five spice. Wood spices and balsa come through with time.
Rich fruit peels with mixed oranges, lemons, grapefruit, plum skins, nectarine skin and apple peel, vanilla essence, hints of Rosemary honey, and a sprinkle of ground white pepper. Left in the glass a few minutes and oaky wood spices come through.
Sweet Rosemary floral honey and ground pepper