Littlemill 12-year-old

Bought – Lincoln Whisky Shop, 4th March 2014

69/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 4 reviewers)
75.67/100 – Whiskybase (average from 5 member votes)

I want to start by thanking the independent bottler ‘Lady of the Glen’ for sending me a sample of their latest bottling, a 21-year-old Littlemill. The day after it arrived in the post I was contacted by Lincoln Whisky Shop about an order I tried to place with them 5 months ago. Yes, 5 months later and they got in touch. Unbelievable! But they had the 3 miniature bottles of Littlemill 12-year-old I’d been after and at £4.50 each I had to say yes. Now I’ve gone from having no Littlemill to swimming in the stuff!

Reading the history of the Littlemill distillery, it seems sad that it’s dead and buried. A lowland (just) distillery with a strong claim as one of the oldest licensed distilleries in the world. Like Auchentoshan, it has the lowland trait of being triple distilled but I keep reading about an oily character to the taste that seems common in whiskies from this area of Scotland. Perhaps something you’ll either love or hate but, having been dismantled in 1997 and burnt down in 2004, examples of this malt are getting scarce. If you can find a bottle, it’s worth buying and trying.

The scores from Malt Maniacs and Whiskybase aren’t great but, having now tried one of these miniatures, I’d say they were fair. It’s a very forgettable whisky. In fact I’ve forgotten it already!


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