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Littlemill 1989 Arc

Overall rating 90 votes 88.44
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Inaugural Release
Vintage
05.1989
Bottled
07.2011
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Refill sherry hogshead
Casknumber
RTN-11-238
Number of bottles
120
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 Sep 2011 1:56 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 299,00

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 23
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

18 Notes

p4blo
Expert Senior p4blo Tasting note
11 Jun 2016 6:01 pm
p4blo gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Russetmuscat
Nose

Very herbal at first, perfumy, notes of lavender, truffle. Thick old sherry notes, leather, dust, a hint of varnish, some menthol and eucalyptus. Very complex.

Taste

Oily, thick, minty. Old school sherry, truffles, notes of rum. Becomes slightly tannic and bitter, but not in an overwhelming way. Harbal notes are there too.

Finish

Quite short, on candy sweetness countered by black tea, chocolate and espresso.

Comments

A very complex Littlemill, a like it a lot.

Willie JJ
Expert Senior Willie JJ Tasting note
03 Jan 2016 10:58 pm
Willie JJ gave this whisky 82 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

I've never been much of a fan of Littlemill and this one had the pungency and heat that I expected. It's been a great cask though and this one delivers hot rhubarb and apple pie with floral overtones. Very nice indeed.

Taste

Even more surprising, this is really delicious. Heavily sugared stewed fruits with a mountain of spice that makes it a hugely intense experience. Great.

Finish

Here comes the heat again though. Typical Littlemill with a burst of flame at the end. Some fruit whizzing around but the heat conquers all.

Comments

This is the best Littlemill I can rememberm. A cracking cask

It's better to have drunk it all than never to have drunk at all.
BeatF
Moderator BeatF Tasting note
18 Sep 2014 12:47 am
BeatF gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

ganz zuerst leicht nach Birne, dann Blumen, Minze, Dörrbananen, Leder, sogar etwas Vanille

Absolut perfekt und mit den obigen Worten bloss schwach zu skizzieren!
Taste

ölig und vollmundig

Finish

Wow! Leder , Schuhwichse, Mango, Blumen etc.

Comments

Flüssiges Edelmetall!

webdiver
Expert Junior webdiver Review note
14 Jul 2014 9:08 pm
webdiver gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88.4
Nose
90
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
86
Presentation
88
Webdiver
BenNevis
Expert Junior BenNevis Note
29 Aug 2012 2:31 pm
BenNevis gave this whisky 91 points


This is more like Macallan than Littlemill. Lots of sherry notes and very smooth. Very enjoyable. One of the best malts I have had for a wile.

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peathead
Expert Senior peathead Note
03 Jun 2012 9:18 pm
peathead gave this whisky 85 points

It`s a good Littlemill, but not my style.  Thanks for the large sample, RvZ!!  But I don`t think I`ll buy one of these soon.

aby
Specialist aby Note
08 Apr 2012 9:07 pm
aby gave this whisky 90 points

amazing !  i have tasted some Littlemill up to now and scored it never higher than 70 points, this is the exception on the rule. What a great whisky and what a great nose (tobacco, dried fruits, some almonds and oily)

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alectron
Specialist alectron Tasting note
12 Mar 2012 10:48 am
alectron gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

more oak than cereal here but in nice balance, somewhat musty/dusty this time around, dry black tea, raw tobacco, also some distant dried fruits, (88)
A bit later: still quite oaky, but more vanilla now, also some red fruits/berries now,  nicely balanced with the wood. (89)

Taste

quite oaky at the start again, wet oak at that, a quick attack of spices, herbs & tobacco underneath the oak, somewhat resin-ous, heather, (86)

Finish

then berry tea, honey, even with a touch of beeswax, nicely mellowing out with a few blackcurrant notes inbetween the very pleasant wood. Turning dry/bitter & slightly waxern/oily at the same time at the end. Interesting! (90)
Later: turns sweeter, less woody & bitter, dried mango, white chocolate comes through as well but also looses some of the savoury notes (91)

Comments
Remember - whisky scores and impressions are highly subjective and situational by nature - so don't go and buy whisky according to someone else's taste...
markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Tasting note
30 Jan 2012 6:18 pm
markjedi1 gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Oh my god! This is Littlemill? It has nothing in common with the sympathetic Lowlander I am used to. I take a second look at the label. It says 1989. I thought it would say 1969. The nose contains dark, stewed and dried fruit, especially apricots and mango with a couple of mint leafs. But what makes this so special is that it contains an extraordinary mix of old leather, almond paste, tobacco and mould. I can see myself sitting in a dusty attic with a cigar between the lips and a box of raisins in the other, while arranging some dried flowers! A complex, (apparently) old Littlemill. Out of this world!

Taste

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The attack is very creamy, spicy and sweet, but soon turns bitter. Resin, oak, black tea. The fruit from the nose hardly gets a chance to show itself. The wood talks too loud. Unfortunately (for me, anyway), it goes over the top.

Finish

The finish makes amends, though, through length and intensity. The bitterness does not bother here, because it fades softly. At the death: orange zest with a sugared lining.

Comments

Ah, this is a wonderful bottle for the nose alone. I enjoyed it for twenty intense minutes. It does not quite deliver on the palate, making him dive below 90 points. All in all, this is an amazing whisky. A very special Littlemill that feels a lot older than its true age.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
WhiskyNotes
Expert Senior WhiskyNotes Tasting note
12 Jan 2012 10:43 am
WhiskyNotes gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Russetmuscat
Nose

Quite unique. It reminds me of old-style Lowlands whisky, like 1960's Saint-Magdalene. Excellent surprise. It's ashy and dusty, with light metallic notes and leather. Subtle fruits in the background (dried apricot, raisins), dried flowers and some almond notes. Lots of oily notes, even some garage smells which remind me of old rums like the Caroni 1974. Impressive references, right?

Taste

Spicy start on wood and eucalyptus, quickly gaining bitterness. Rather grainy with big herbal notes and some resin. Rather peculiar, full-bodied but not entirely my cup of tea. Very interesting though.

Finish

Quite long, again herbal with light oak and over-infused tea.

Comments

This bottle is worth trying or even worth buying for the nose alone (they don't make this profile any more), but on the palate I think it's a little too focused on herbal notes. One of the most unique whiskies I've tried lately and one of the best Littlemills out there.

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