Littlemill 21 First Release Review

This is the first OB 21 year release from Littlemill that’s bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Yeast rolls, playdough, new oak, bold pepper, star anise, and white chocolate.

Palate: Sour and super funky up front before a wave of mango and peach drizzled in white vinegar wash over the palate. Slightly salty and floral after a minute.

Finish: Stonefruits linger with a perfect level of oak alongside heather and cardamom.

Rating: 90/100 – I’ve only had a couple other Littlemills which I have not liked, so this one was a big surprise for me.

Value for the money: Looks like these are going for €300+ at auction lately, and that’s pushing it a bit for me. If it were available in stores, I’d pay up to $200-$225 for a bottle.

Littlemill 22 (Berry’s Cask #17) Review

This is a 22 year Littlemill that was bottled by Berry’s at 54.3% ABV.

Nose: Strange nose – very floral at first with salty seawatter and berries following. Quite a bit of isopropyl follows unfortunately.

Palate: Berries, salty malt, leathery, but then that isopropyl note appears again.

Finish: Very dry and short with a lot of mint and hint of isopropyl lingering.

Rating: 76/100 – Couldn’t get past that isopropyl note – very distracting. Might be time to revisit to see if that has mellowed out.

Value for the money: This was priced fairly at $125 considering Littlemill was dismantled in 1996 and it’s 22 years. However, I would not purchase again based on the quality of the malt.