...and to be honest: Again this bottling proves why Littlemill was neglected by almost all drinkers until the collectors digged it out. It offers a rather limited complexity with some feinty off-notes that maybe some drinkers do enjoy (but I do not, unfortunately). As a drinker I am not willing to spend more than 100 Euro on a bottle of such quality and I am pretty sure that no one will sell a bottle at this price to me (otherwise drop me a message).
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a buttery and slightly cheesy profile that reminds me somewhat of Jura drams. After some breathing shy fruits and floral aromas join in but they never make it to the main stage. The wood is appropriate given its age but the complexity is rather limited. And I do not like this cheesy touch, to be honest...
The taste is buttery too and without the cheese, luckily. There are some fine fruits and barley sugars before the waxes pop up. This is much better than the nose but is it great? No, still this taste lacks the complexity I expect from a 90+points dram. It is nicely chewable and quaffable, but this is the typical limited Littlemill profile (why nobody cared about this distillery until 2010).
The initial mouthfeel is warming with just a minor coating effect and some drying-astringent moments (cold metals) that are not distracting. The finish is of medium length and adds some shy spices and bitter notes (tannins at work). Water releases herbal-waxy aromas in the nose but dilutes the taste too much, so I like to nose it a little reduced but prefer to drink it neat.