The lowland distillery of Littlemill isn’t one that I’m overly familiar with to be honest, so I was delighted to be sent this rather good sample of Littlemill 21 Year Old that is bottled exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. It is taken from a sherry cask and bottled at natural cask strength of 55.1% and as you’ll see went a little way to reducing the post Olympic and Paralympic blues.
The whisky has great legs and shines in the glass like golden barley on a summers day. On the nose you are initially met by a complex array of aromas. It is initially fruity before giving candy sweets – much like Love Hearts that I remember from my childhood. It’s very sweet and this probably comes from the sherry casks that the whisky spent over 20 years in. I was surprised by the next notes: I was taken back to the Olympic Park and the smell of an English meadow – it vividly conjures up images of watching the Velodrome action whilst sitting in Park Live surrounded by wood chips and English flowers in the summer. Finally I get quite a strong and pleasant tangerine scent.
The whisky is light in the mouth; it’s very gentle and fresh providing citrus fruits and white pepper. The sherry influence then arrives and again it is clean and sprightly. Time brings the taste of old fashioned aniseed balls before fading into the more familiar raisins and currants. The finish is long and subtle – it is full of of red summer fruits and is quite simply delicious.
This is a lovely whisky; perfect for the end of summmer as the nights begin to draw in and it is only available from The Whisky Barrel. Click here to purchase.