- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Archives (Arc)
- Bottling serie
- Third Release
- Stated Age
- 23 years old
- Sherry Cask
- Number of bottles
- 49.3 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 01 Jun 2012 5:51 pm
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52 × member ratings
43 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Littlemill 1988 Arc
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.28 points
- This kind of Littlemill is pretty unique in terms of prominent tropical fruit, while still being heavily coated in delicious sherry. It means you can enjoy both elements, each complimenting the other rather than fighting against each other or drowning the other out. Quite utopian, and all of it delivered with lowland softness.
- Forgotten tasting note from ~2013
Malty, surprisingly strong earthy/woody/musty notes, apples slightly fermented, grassy, nutty, faint mint. (89)
Turning more obviously woody, but nice depth to it. (88)
Lots of good wood spices w tobacco, ginger, also quince jelly & a touch of smoke. (92)
Turning tannic, apples, licorice, oranges. (91)
- Even the color was promising: The connoisseur will be delighted during the whole session with an absolute highlight.
A whisky, which is at the peak of its development and was not superimposed. Leather, cinnamon, cane sugar, foreign spices, nuts, all reminiscent of the holds of a ship, which has just returned from the colonies packed full to its home port.
syrupy consistency, sensational sherry influences
the mysterious spices invite you to enjoy every single drop; the maggie herb, which is sometimes almost dominated by similar bottles, is embedded here in an overall composition
- A touch better than
the former Littlemill from Archives. Completely sold out, though. Well, what
did you expect with only 48 bottles?
On the nose, I get
nice sherry influences with old leather, candied fruits like apricots, mango
and oranges in a warm cake. Marzipan and cigar box. Wonderfully seasoned with
cinnamon, saffron and cloves. Absolutely top nose.
It is honeysweet,
creamy and feisty. Licquorice, coffee, hazelnuts. The fruit becomes a tad
darker and less tropical. Prunes, dades and dried figs. The oak starts to speak
as well, but not once turns overly bitter. No, the bitterness from the oak and
citrus remains beautifully under control.
The long finish
remains spicy and warms the innards.
- It's starting to become predictable but I adore this. Probably as good as Littlemill gets in my humble opinion.
Glad to see this is very similar. Elegant sherry notes, fruit cake and dates, and probably even more tropical fruits like tangerine, passion fruits and papaya than in the WhF and previous WB releases. Again the old-school notes of tobacco and leather with nice herbal touches. Wonderful.
Nicely sweet, spicy and fruity. How nice to find prunes, raisons, lemon balm, coffee beans, pink grapefruit... Quite some cinnamon and sandalwood notes (there's something oriental to it). Only in the end does it get more herbal with liquorice dryness and a bourbonny kind of oak influence.
Long, slightly roasted, with ginger and liquorice.