Littlemill 12-year-old

Overall rating
78.96/100
votes
298
Whiskybase ID
WB255
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5020037110096
Added on
12 aug 2007 11:18 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 446.12

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298 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Littlemill 12-year-old

45 users have left 48 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 78.96 points.

  1. the_muskox scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    It’s pretty good for being so light. There’s a really nice juiciness to the fruit notes.
    • Nose
      Sweet and very gentle. Soft pineapple, red apples, some passionfruit, and green grapes. Malty and treacle-y. Slightly herbal (some rosemary) and tropical-floral. Squishy marshmallows.
    • Taste
      Light texture. Very soft caramel arrival, with pears, elderflower, watermelon, tropical tartness (passionfruit, pineapple, lime zest) and honey. Develops to extremely gentle oak and a hint of milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Extremely light. Lingering light honey, tropical fruit, elderflower, milk chocolate. Salted caramel. Slightly candied.

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  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    a hint of the littlemill fruitiness, melon, peach, but quite light

  4. DramALife scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    From a 1/3 full bottle, god knows how long it’s been opened. Light legs. Very unique compared to modern lowland whiskies. Rich and quaffable, despite its lack of layers and ABV to a bare minimum. More than happy to buy a few bottles at RRP, but at auction price? One dram for experience and I'm good thanks.

    [83-85] I'll get a bottle unless my bank account says otherwise.

    N 27
    Oily. Nutty. Dirty. Guava. A whiff of toasted oak. Minerals. Warm caramel. Smells old/musty.

    P 26
    Mildly peated. The oil carried on but smooth as silk. More malt surfacing. Mild spices are supporting the liquid in a very gentle way.

    F 23
    Short-mid, slightly dry finish. Very light peat remains. Green fruits.

  5. Nikilema scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Killswitch scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. ailean scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Island scored this whisky 68 points Member Senior

    I had this one in the past and my notes say it was very malty, even musty like a fresh grain of grain can have. That's what i remember too and a reason for me to never buy it again. There's some vanilla, very little fruit, over all i judged it as quit flat.

    This bottle was easy to find around the first decade of the 2000's and for a price between 30-40 euro's. So, before you pay the current auction prices for this one, make sure it's definitely fitting your taste.

  9. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I probably wouldn't want an interesting bottle, not now. But for the original price, I would probably say. And I actually enjoyed it a lot. It is different. Drinkable easier and a little weird.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Carbonated water, honey, mirabelle jam. At 40%, it even stings the nose.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Lighter malty, simple but pleasant. A little vanilla, and a little metallic, iron to blood.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short, a little bitter. Fresh herbs and metal.

  10. MH90 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    WF

    Littlemill 12 yo (40%, OB, +/-2002) Two stars and a half In fact, these are very old yet unpublished notes of mine but they'll give you an idea of what we were thinking of Littlemill in the olden days. Colour: pale gold. Nose: quite fresh and relatively perfumy. Old rose, orange zests and quite some caramel. Hints of rum. Too bad there’s more and more dust and cardboard after a few minutes. Mouth: sweet and malty, relatively lively. Grains and Ovaltine, caramel, the whole becoming a little sluggish and, well, flattish. Finish: shortish, very caramelly and quite sugary. Comments: it’s okay. SGP: sorry I wasn’t using the SGP at time of writing - 78 points.

  11. Ulcinj scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  12. Kilo1 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A pleasant plywood barley varnish, and the taste and aftertaste sometimes fly by, but it is pleasant to drink.

  13. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    From a bottle possibly filled in 2004. This is a pleasant surprise that's best to let sit in a glass for a while, as that tones down the poster glue and varnish note. A whisky style all its own, it's nice to see the character show as strongly as it does even in this humble 12yo.
    • Nose
      At first, glueish, with poster glue and unfinished wood. A cheap old chessboard. I don't know if it's because this stuff has been in the bottle for 15 years, but these woodcraft aromas are mellow, and not at all as annoying as you'd think. Something leafy, a tiny bit of baby sick, warm white bread, onions, dry herbs, and blackpepper.
    • Taste
      Gluey at first, but 15 minutes helps. Leafiness, spiciness. An oily, full body that doesn't exactly feel like 40 %. A bit of citrus, and then a sweetness that I can't place, but a friend said could be sherry cask influence.
    • Finish
      Pears, with a metallic tang that lasts a while.

  14. besar scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  15. Glenjasper scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  16. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Soft, creamy, wood & fruit. You notice the age, which should rather tend towards 18y. Nice whisky and too bad that it was now (finally).

  17. MikerG2k scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  18. Mark-E scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  19. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2011]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle I bought for 25 Euro in May, 2011.  Actually this is at least a 16-years old Littlemill because the distillery finally closed down in 1994 and this was bottled and sold by the Loch Lomond Group in 2011.  But it is rumoured that all casks of this batch were of the 1991 vintage (so it is almost 20 years old).

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 85.  My notes state a sweet and easy-to-drink dram without specific highlights.

    [December, 2018] To do a proper tasting note I have another sample tonight. It confirms my old notes with a nice old style nose and a rather unimpressive but easy-to-sip taste. Nothing special about it, except that it is a Littlemill...
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a Traditional Scotch profile with some overripe fruits (cantaloupe, peaches, apples), barley sugars and waxy as well as chalky-mineral aromas. There are some spices too but the woods are rather shy here. All in all a rather unimpressive nose.
    • Taste
      80 80
      The taste is (compared to the nose) rather unimpressive on sweet (mainly barley sugars) and bitter (tannins) flavours with some shy fruits and spices. This is easy to drink but not more. Water is not recommended as it just flattens the dram.
    • Finish
      78 78
      The dram arrives warming but not coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling (metals). The finish is short and adds no new impression - just a minor drying moment pops up towards the end again (metals and tannins).

  20. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  21. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A nose so interesting .... and a mouth so disappointing! A dram to start in the world of whisky but that will not make a career.
    • Nose
      Fruity nose on mango, apricot, peach. A touch of honey completes the whole thing.
    • Taste
      Where is this pretty fruity nose? A mouth too light. Some spices, wood, vanilla and ... ?? Nothing unfortunately.
    • Finish
      Medium and bitter.

  22. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      70 70

  23. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    To the price evaluation: Starting from a price around 25 euro
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  24. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Not very complex, but what do you expect from a 12 year old with 40% ABV. Due to the strong increase in price rather something for collectors!
    • Nose
      Malty-fruity freshness. Mild scent of flowers and mown grass. Spices and wood are available only to a very limited extent.
    • Taste
      Very mild without being watery. Sweet notes of malt and flower nectar. In the background are wood nuances and some spice. Light and digestible.
    • Finish
      The finish is a bit heavier with more spices and wood, but also with floral notes and sweetness. Slowly becoming bitter.

  25. GIORGOS scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      75 75

  26. dram-drinker scored this whisky 77 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      73 73

  27. dram-drinker scored this whisky 77 points Photo Moderator

    It's drinkable but just little enjoyment
    • Nose
      Malty, grassy notes, little honey and some fruitiness like apricots, bananas, little sea breeze
    • Taste
      Oily and liquorice, little fruity sweetness and then more onto some bitterness, and again some grassy notes and vegetables
    • Finish
      Medium short, also a tad bitter in the end

  28. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    While I was rich I still wondered about the overall very bad reviews, but the Geschmakc has enlightened me then. Too bad, the nose was very promising.
    • Nose
      It starts very flowery, grass, some wood, behind it a little bit of chocolate, on the whole very mild, a slight sweetness comes along, there is also something earthy and slightly moldy to find, briefly a hint of sulfur flakes on, with some patience you will also find something pear , slightly sour, Waldmeister is also a suitable association
    • Taste
      little, very little, then it gets bitter, some oak, a lot of salt, the pear can possibly be guessed, I have never had such a thing and I do not mean that positively
    • Finish
      now it is really dry, still salt, unfortunately not even so short-lasting

  29. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  30. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Beautiful fresh peachy nose and intense apricot, a lot of honey, vanilla and a little tingling side. On the other hand the green and austere mouth disappoints, rather watery and a bit bitter, it lacks fat and power. Final quite long but on the bitterness.

  31. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    There are 3 bottles with the same label including Glen Scotia 12 years and Inchmurrin 12 years
    • Nose
      Powerful and sweet, marshmallows, sour cream and barley.
    • Taste
      Sweet grain malted barley, more marshmallows, thin in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Short and sweet, basil.

  32. Hvdree scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  33. Astrid scored this whisky 32 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      43 43
    • Taste
      34 34
    • Finish
      23 23

  34. Astrid scored this whisky 32 points Connoisseur

    This malt lacks complexity and depth, it can definitely only be seen as a collector's item. Various off-flavors suggest that every barrel that is still found in the warehouse is used here.
    • Nose
      43 43
      first soft sherry fruitiness, this is replaced by marshmallows and cold roasted almonds, plus leached oak and orange blossoms, all in all cool on the nose
    • Taste
      34 34
      slightly spicy at the start, then fruity with caramel, also vanilla, in between metallic components, towards the end unpleasant plastic and sulfur
    • Finish
      23 23
      basically mild, soft plastic runs like a red thread, a little raisins and spice, becoming slightly dry
      hearty echoes

  35. HammerHead scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      75 75

  36. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 61 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      69 69
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      59 59

  37. wbarchive_73116 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Well, it would have scored about 80 points, but the price nowadays is just too high. It became a collectors item and it isn't worth the money tastewise. That might have been different in its days some time ago.

    It's rough, harsh and immature with only a little bit of grass and vanilla and too much oak for such a type of whisky which is rather mild in terms of aromas and its taste.

  38. Koloman did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "Classic Lowland style" (Official Tasting Notes).
    • Nose
      "Light aroma" (Official Tasting Notes).
    • Taste
      "Very soft on the palate with a malty and flavourful taste" (Official Tasting Notes).

  39. Akoo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A Littlemill quite correct, where we find all the typicity of the distillery. It's fresh, flowery, fruity and vegetal. The plant side is in my opinion too much, but the whole is well balanced. A good summer dram!
    • Nose
      Very vegetal, sweet and round, typical of the distillery. Green wood, fennel, wet grass. There is also a certain smell of wet dog ... It does not feel like saying like that, but it's not over! Vanilla, honey, pear, white peach, cereals give this dram an easy side, but other notes, more atypical, such as carrots, parsnips, dill, chives, mint, him gives character. It's fresh and flowery.
    • Taste
      an oily texture and very light, fresh. We are in the lineage of the nose: a sweet and fruity side, with peach, pear, apricot, vanilla and honey, with a little milk chocolate and mint. A side "confectionery" not unpleasant at all. On the other hand, the cereals give an almost bitter end of the mouth, on vegetal notes, much less pleasant than the first mouth.
    • Finish
      the whole thing falls back very quickly, but the aromatic persistence is more than correct, unfortunately more on the vegetal notes than on the fruity notes.

  40. notesofmalt scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Littlemill (Lowlands, Scotland) closed down in 1992, burned down in 2004.
    Bottling: 12 years - original bottling, 40%

    Nose: Grass, heather, slightly fruity - not definable. A good pound of vanilla, here bourbon barrels look out. Some oak comes over as furniture polish, slightly leathery.
    ...
    Palate: Sour apple juice, cider? Sweet-sour, not really complex.

    Finish: Not available, drinks like the described apple juice. Short and tasty.

    Conclusion: Nice dram, much older that says the label, probably 15-16 years old. The background is that Littlemill did not print any new labels after decommissioning. The remaining stock was sold off. In 2013 and 2014, limited original bottlings (21-year-olds) were launched again. In addition, the independent bottlers still have a lot in their warehouses. Littlemill needs time!

    77/100 points
    (Tasted 2011 - at that time 22,99 €, in auctions it reaches at present up to 90,00 €. posted on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/notesofwhisky

  41. GlenGabriel scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    I agree milanista, also enjoyed that stuff. Interesting combination of fruitiness and a kind hint of smoke.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  42. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Typical ex-bourbon-cask whisky. Smooth and gentle. Quite ejoyable, yet nothing special of course.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  43. Ivynor scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nothing transcendent, but rather easy to drink.
    • Nose
      A whisky has become rare, in any case in France, still accessible in rare Leclerc and some wine shops around 35-40 euros
      The nose resembles a young speyside nose (wood, green fruit, a few herbs), but with a dominant peach, apricot, rather pleasant.
    • Taste
      The whole is sweet, sweet, less focused on yellow fruits than nose. We are more about the acidity of green fruits, spices and a little bitterness.
    • Finish
      A finish quite marked by wood, spices. Some fishing notes. Rather long for 40%.

  44. Willie JJ scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

    Pretty poor stuff
    • Nose
      The initial vanilla hit collapses into a flat gluey Papier-mâché pulp with a dash of pee. But there are nice floral, fresh tobacco notes to it as well, combined with a vague orange and mango fruitiness
    • Taste
      A sweet rush of vanilla sugar followed by a harsh metallic ashiness. Malty notes flash through, but not enough to save it.
    • Finish
      Harsh, metallic and unpleasant

  45. hsmithjr scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    Not a well produced malt, but I have had worse.
    • Nose
      Spirity and sweet.  Marshmallows.  Sour cream.  Barley.
    • Taste
      Sweet cereal grains.  Malted barley.  More marshmallows.  Thin on the palate. 
    • Finish
      Short and sweet.  Basil.

  46. Flyrider scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I like it. It has a bit "unusual" nose and taste (reminds me on "Latschenkiefer" , sorry, can`t translate this) but it is IMO a very interesting malt ... and not too expensive.

  47. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Well, it`s from a closed distillery, sweet malt with some nice fruity notes in the nose. Creamy sweet, toffee and a hint of smoke, but far away. A rather short finish, sweet and nice, not too complicated, pour it in a glass and drink it....

  48. aprager scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    Not for me.
    • Nose
      Smoked meat, compost, plasticine - weird
    • Taste
      Spicey but alcohol is slightly overpowering. With water there is some tangerines and a hint of medicinal taste
    • Finish
      Shortish

  49. SilentStill scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    What should one say? Maybe a nice introduction to the Lowlands, but you do not miss so much when you go around it.
    • Nose
      A medium-strong malting note, quite dry, gentle vanilla notes and also traces of darker berries. Overall, nothing that makes you feel stupid, but at least "neat".
    • Taste
      Pretty sweet, but unfortunately slightly perfumed. In addition, but also beautiful caramel and coffee notes, which dressed in only 40%, also quite well come into their own.
    • Finish
      That reminds me a little. Before you can think about this, he is already gone ... so far too short.

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