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Littlemill (yeugh)

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu May 26, 2005 4:38 pm

Last night I was seduced by the vintage style packaging of Littlemill 8yo ob. I was also intrigued to see whether the whisky could possibly be as bad as people said. It is.

Anybody who has ever said that there's no such thing as a bad whisky will find Littlemill utterly refutes his argument. It is sweet, malty like Glenmorangie but in a rather more sickly way, and an aftertaste that is dirty, bitter, confused but still sweetly cloying. Yuck. Only 65cl to go.

If you do get a bottle of Littlemill as a tribute to a lost distillery, please don't be tempted to open it and sample the wares.

'S beag Littlemill orm!
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Postby hpulley » Thu May 26, 2005 7:56 pm

Sadly, the last bottled output from Littlemill is not very good. Even Rosebank suffers from this. When a distillery runs out of money they won't buy any new casks. Not surprisingly, there is still an ample supply of 8yo from the distillery even though it was bottled 4 years or so ago.

Older Littlemill and Rosebank bottlings can be wonderful.

Harry
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Postby robertk » Fri May 27, 2005 8:20 am

What I've understood the Littlemill 8yo seems to differ quite drastically between years, some are supposed to be quite nice. Another evidence of the fact that they had quality problems I presume..

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Postby peatreek1 » Fri May 27, 2005 3:57 pm

My impession of Littlemill 8 is that it is not bad in the sense that it is non drinkable, but rather that it is just very bland.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri May 27, 2005 8:33 pm

My bottle certainly isn't bland. It would be far better if it were. Advice on how to remove the flavour would be welcome. I would mix it with coke, but it seems a shame to waste good coke.
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Postby hpulley » Fri May 27, 2005 8:49 pm

High pressure charcoal filtration for vodka ;) Add some juniper berries for gin :D

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Postby Lawrence » Sat May 28, 2005 6:00 pm

It's ironic that these types on bottling make it onto the market and stay there. In any case I have a Littlemill from the SMWS that's 25 years old. It's a little odd in that I swear it has been matured in a barrel that once held rye whisky.

I think it's one of the most different single malts I've ever had but with lots of flavour and in balance. The rye taste threw me for a bit of a loop and it took a while to get used to it.
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Postby Bart » Wed Jun 01, 2005 4:23 am

As in one of the other 'topics' The best lowlander I ever had was/is a Little mill 19 yr 46% from the Dun Bheagan range (Ian Macleod).

an absolute dream of a dram.

Have to agree on the 8yr old though..doesn't do it for me. :cry:

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Postby Admiral » Wed Jun 01, 2005 4:35 am

Wasn't Littlemill responsible for the Dunglas disaster?
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Postby Bart » Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:50 am

Disaster....which disaster?

Admiral wrote:Wasn't Littlemill responsible for the Dunglas disaster?
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Postby bernstein » Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:22 am

It’s either

Daniel Dunglas Home (1833-86), well known in certain circles for “highly physical manifestations of spiritshttp://yahooligans.yahoo.com/reference/ ... y?id=22282

or

Dunglas 1967 - Rare Experimental Lowland Single Malt from Littlemill distillery: “For serious whisky devotees or people with a serious grudge against their tastebuds.” Jim Murray, Whisky Bible 2005, p.128. The Whisky Exchange has it.
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Postby Bart » Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:30 am

Cheers Bernstein,
Learnt another thing today, if you open your mind and ear you learn every day.

Danke schon.

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Postby bernstein » Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:31 am

... at your antipodal service!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Jul 01, 2005 2:50 pm

I have seen some Littlemill 1975 OBs on sale at c£60 a bottle - are these worth buying?
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Postby Scotchio » Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:32 pm

Didn't you come to like this in the end Nick. I tried the Sig 1990 bottling and it really grew on me over time. Air seems to settle it into quite an interesting soft and malty lowlander and dissipates the rather spirity topnotes that it starts out with. I'm sure someone else hereabouts was on the brink of opening a bottle. I wonder what they thought. Littlemill, a dog with a bad name?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:26 pm

I did come to like it - there is a heavy dose of new make maltiness about it and I found it difficult to like the flavour until I had been able to put a name to it. It's not thye best whisky in the world, but really rather charming. I have since had other IB Littlemills and liked them too.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:29 pm

Looks like An Cnoc may be in with a chance then? :wink:
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Postby corbuso » Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:57 pm

hpulley wrote:Sadly, the last bottled output from Littlemill is not very good. Even Rosebank suffers from this. When a distillery runs out of money they won't buy any new casks. Not surprisingly, there is still an ample supply of 8yo from the distillery even though it was bottled 4 years or so ago.

Older Littlemill and Rosebank bottlings can be wonderful.

Harry


Just for a precision, the 8 YO is not the last output of Littelmill, it is the 12 YO.

I tried recently the Littlemill 1965 from D.Laing and it was a quite pleasant lowlander. Not a bad dog.

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Postby dram_time » Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:17 pm

hpulley wrote:Sadly, the last bottled output from Littlemill is not very good. Even Rosebank suffers from this. When a distillery runs out of money they won't buy any new casks. Not surprisingly, there is still an ample supply of 8yo from the distillery even though it was bottled 4 years or so ago.

Older Littlemill and Rosebank bottlings can be wonderful.

Harry


I have a 8yo bottling from the 80's, What are my chances of this being any good ?? any one know??

Dt.
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Postby Scotchio » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:09 pm

Michael Jackson rated the earlier 8 yr olds quite highly. Apparently later bottlings were" spirity"
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Postby TheLiquorBaron » Mon Dec 04, 2006 12:29 pm

I'm suprised at the 8yr old being so disliked....I have a bottle of the 12yr old and I find this a truly fine whisky indeed.
Nice maltiness to it, well balanced and very smooth and also I find has a bit of nuttyness to it...
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Postby Admiral » Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:37 am

It's my understanding (and I have it on good authority) that the current OB 8yo bottling has whisky in it that is considerably older than 8 years, i.e. there's a fair bit of 12 to 15 year old in there as well.

Cheers,
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:44 am

I'd like very much to find a good Littlemill, having only had the one misbegotten hellspawn of a dram. BI, I gather the ob releases have been very inconsistent.
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Postby TheLiquorBaron » Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:49 am

Admiral wrote:It's my understanding (and I have it on good authority) that the current OB 8yo bottling has whisky in it that is considerably older than 8 years, i.e. there's a fair bit of 12 to 15 year old in there as well.

Cheers,
AD


Hmm, have you been speaking to Gavin?? :wink:
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Postby Admiral » Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:07 am

No. Who's Gavin?
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Postby TheLiquorBaron » Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:12 am

Admiral wrote:No. Who's Gavin?


Works for Lochlomond Co.
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