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Littlemill 26 yo (1991/2017, Cadenhead’s 175th Anniversary, 52,6%)

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Now that it’s abundantly sold out and can definitely only be found at auction, we go back and taste this Littlemill put on the market in 2017 to mark Cadenhead’s 175th anniversary… All of the 2017 releases had a special box and a bronze plaque celebrating the anniversary, but only a few bottlings were ‘really’ the celebratory ones: that was very inoffensive stuff, an Ardbeg, a Convalmore, a Banff, a Rosebank… and there was also this 26-year-old Littlemill. If some of you thinks that the fact that one of us works for Cadenhead’s importer in Italy guarantees a sort of preferential route to certain releases, well, you should know that we bought this sample from a French friend in 2020: rules are rules! Bottlings of Littlemill are obviously becoming increasingly rare, but we know that Cadenhead’s still has several barrels in stock, so hopefully they’ll manage to have other releases in the next future…

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N: very seductive and austere at the same time, with a fruity side that duets with a mineral and herbaceous one like Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge (why this image, why?). The fruit is yellow and ripe, fresh, with peach (lots of different peaches: walnut, yellow, etc.) and pineapple in front of everything else. Then a side of minerality, with chalk (or rather: school chalks, come on, you remember them: if you didn’t use these chalks you can’t drink alcohol, shame on you!). There is also something floral and slightly waxy, let’s say a hint of beeswax accompanied by white flowers. Enchanting, and the more time passes, the more seductive and open it becomes.

P: kaboom, what an impact. Very elegant, and also lively and taut: still a lot of fruit, fresh, again peach and pineapple, lychees, but also green apple (testifying to a ‘green’ hint). Citrus, we would say a Sorrento lemon, with lots of essential oils. A beautiful mineral freshness too, still with a little chalk, to be sure, and with citrus – a hint of lemongrass, too, testifying to the herbaceousness that endures. There is also a side of buttery shortbread, with a ‘fatty’ part that explodes…

F: …and hard on the finish, with orange blossom, sweet tangerine. Fruit pastry (perhaps the creamiest of the three phases).

91/100. Enchanting, it occupies a distinct space in the history of Scotch and its geography, too. Austere tropicality, only in Littlemill and Rosebank and St.Magdalene – all in the Lowlands and all closed, coincidence? Probably Soros, Bill Gates and Big Pharma played a part in all this – indeed, it’s almost certain, Donald Trump told us. Kudos to Mark Watt, managing director of Cadenhead’s at the time, for the selection. Whiskies like this will increasingly be chimeras: we know that very well, unfortunately.

Recommended soundtrack: Toni Santagata – I love the Punk (Ai, Lavete Punk).

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