We recently reviewed and were wowed by Lady of the Glen’s Caperdonich so we were delighted to receive a sample of the latest release from this exciting independent bottler – a single cask 21 year old Littlemill bottled at 53.6%. As many of you will know Littlemill is one of many closed distilleries having burned down around a decade ago so this lowland whisky is becoming rarer as the years go by. This particular whisky itself was aged in American Oak for 21 years before giving up 309 bottles, and as per their policy the whisky is non chill filtered and has no caramel added. It is Lady of the Glens first lowland whisky, so what is it like?
The nose begins with a massive burst of caramelised banana and freshly cut grass. There are strong notes of icing sugar, before some slightly earthy tones appear. I love the sweetness in this dram and it takes me to childhood pear drops and wine gums – delicious. The palate is initially very hot; almost chilli pepper like. It does become sweeter as you roll it around the tongue, almost tasting like bubblegum, before the spices reappear in the form of cardamom and pepper. There is more than a hint of cherries and I felt that the whisky was quite forresty, reminding me of a bark like taste. The finish is very long and hot which is wonderful, and it again becomes slightly grassy at the death.
I love the interplay between the sweetness and the heat of this whisky; for me it may be a little too savoury at times, but overall the chilli combined with the sweetness make it a whisky well worth considering as it is a lovely marriage that works wonders.