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Overall rating
78.25/100
votes
262
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5020037110096
Added on
12 Aug 2007 11:18 pm
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Average value

€ 347,29

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262 × member ratings

1049 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Littlemill 12-year-old

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.25 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 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
      87 87
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a Traditional Scotch profile with lots of overripe fruits (cantaloupe, peaches, apples), honeys, barley sugars and waxy as well as oily and chalky-mineral aromas. There are some spices too but the woods are rather shy here. Actually, this is not bad at all and certainly better than most of today's wood-driven noses (to me) - but it all depends whether one preferes the modern or the traditional whisky styles.
    • Taste
      81 81
      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
      80 80
      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).

  2. 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.

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.

  4. besar scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

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

  5. Glenjasper scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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).

  7. MikerG2k scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Mark-E scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.

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