In my review last week of the very good Littlemill 22, 1989 from Archives, I said I’d have more older Littlemill next month. But here I am, a week early. And to think people say my reviews are untimely. This was distilled in 1992, a couple of years before the distillery closed. It was bottled in 2014 by Berry Bros. & Rudd. I believe this was a US release—I don’t think the cask number was specified.
By the way, though the distillery officially closed in 1994, distillation ended in 1992: the distillery was mothballed till 1994 before being dismantled and largely destroyed over the next decade. Given that a housing development now occupies the site, this is one dead distillery that will not be coming back to life anytime soon. Anyway, let’s see if this is as good as the Archives bottle.
Littlemill 21, 1992 (46%; Berry Bros. & Rudd; from a bottle split)
Nose: That mix of over-ripe fruit (kiwi, red berries, pears), gasoline and garbage that’s quintessentially Littlemill. More floral as it sits and the gasoline and garbage calm down. Water pulls glycerine out here as well.
Palate: As promised by the nose but with a bitter, slightly glyceriney, bitter edge. Texture is fine. As it sits, the glycerine note retreats and the fruit expands: berries and orange and vaguely tropical notes (ripe pineapple). Ah, the glycerine/soap comes back with water.
Finish: Medium. No interesting development here. With water, a bit of milk chocolate at the end.
Comments: This is what the OB Littlemill 12 would have grown up to be if someone had just let it. Just a touch too much of the bitter edge for my taste, but some people—like the Fabulous Florin—would love it all the more for that. Water was not good for it though.
Rating: 86 points.