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Littlemill 8yo?

Postby MacLlyr » Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:30 pm

Do any of you have an opinion on the quality of the Littlemill 8? What year did they stop making it to go with the 12yo bottlings? What should I expect to pay for a 8? My wife really loves rosebank and I was not sure if she would like this one as well...thanks in advance for your responces...
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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:54 pm

The Littlemill OBs are legendary for their lack of quality. My recollection of the 8yo was of pretty rough stuff, although not without its interesting points. The 12yo isn't that much better and I reckon that the move from 8-12 had to do with aging stock after the distillery closed.
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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby MARS » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:04 am

Didn't try the 8 years old (i hope to do it soon as I get my hand on a few bottles at a bargain). It is usually very expensive : 80/100 € (if not more)
They are different bottling of the 8 years old, it is said that some are good. (hope it is the case of mine)

Rosebank is still cheaper. Exept if you get a bottle of littlemill at a cheap price, maybe it's better to keep buying a rosebank.
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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:46 am

MARS wrote: it is said that some are good. (hope it is the case of mine)

Personally I think that's just wishful thinking. I can never remember coming across an 8yo Littlemill that I would have described as good. They are really just curiosities. There have been decent IBs of Littlemill coming on the market in the last few years but even then it is a bit of a gamble.
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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby Ganga » Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:57 pm

Back in the 1990s, Littlemill produced several different OBs that I can recall. There were the NAS, 8 yo and 17 yo. These were in the stubby green bottles with the yellow labels and red lettering. I believe the switch to the tall bottles (12 yo) came in the early 00s.

I only tried the NAS and I can't say that I was impressed. I have received good responses on the Littlemill 17 and the one common note seems to be marshmallows.

As for price, I can still get the 17 on the shelf for under $70.
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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby MARS » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:41 pm

The littlemill 17 years old OB for 70$ is a real bargain(if it was near my home, I will buy all the stock). The price is more than 150€ at auctions.
No idea of taste, still.

For the 8 years old, I don't know. I will say what I think when I open the bottle. (as I said, they are different release and many different batch)

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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby Ganga » Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:57 am

So I opened up the 17 because of this thread. It is growing on me. Nose is very sugary, think cotton candy or marshmallows. Palate is kind of sweet but kind of pungeant too. I'll try to give some further reports.
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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby Willie JJ » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:23 pm

Ganga wrote:It is growing on me. Nose is very sugary, think cotton candy or marshmallows. Palate is kind of sweet but kind of pungeant too.

Sounds fairly typical.
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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby corbuso » Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:37 am

Willie JJ wrote:The Littlemill OBs are legendary for their lack of quality. My recollection of the 8yo was of pretty rough stuff, although not without its interesting points. The 12yo isn't that much better and I reckon that the move from 8-12 had to do with aging stock after the distillery closed.

I do not recall of the 8 YO but the 12 YO released around 2000 was bitter and with loads of caramel, not much of interest. As mentioned in other posts, the 1990-1 single cask released recently are of much quality.
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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:59 am

I have an open bottle of the 8yo, so here it goes

N: Glue, vodka, lemon and cardboard
P: Glue (like the glue from an envelope), cardboard, lemon and rubbing alcohol. Sligthly soapy.
F: shortish on glue, lemon and cardboard.

Just not a good whisky.
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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:03 am

Oh, sounds like a tasty beverage Sean. :P Guess I'm glad to have the 17 instead.
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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:30 am

17 is much sweeter tonight. I think the Lochnagar 11, Signatory cask 614 brought forth the sweetness or overpowered the pungeant aspects.
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Re: Littlemill 8yo?

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:36 am

pkt77242 wrote:I have an open bottle of the 8yo, so here it goes

N: Glue, vodka, lemon and cardboard
P: Glue (like the glue from an envelope), cardboard, lemon and rubbing alcohol. Sligthly soapy.
F: shortish on glue, lemon and cardboard.

Just not a good whisky.

I'm never much of a fan of that cardboard note but with all that glue it sounds like it would stick the cardboard to your tongue. :yuk:
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