Monday, 8 September 2008

SMWS 97.12 (Littlemill 18 yo 1990/2008)

SMWS 97.12 (Littlemill 18 yo 1990/2008)

2008, SMWS
Single malt - Lowlands
Pale gold
55.9% ABV

Nose: Honey, rose, popcorn, vanilla, white chocolate, magic marker, hints of peach. Water brings out ginger, and some harsh sour notes, almost vinegary.
Mouthfeel: Light body, thickens, slightly syrupy, slightly astringent.
Tasting: Sweet sour. Pineapples, peaches, lemons, limes, hints of butter, hints of vanilla. In contrast to the nose, water brings out soft buttery cookie dough.
Finish: Short. Fades quickly, pineapples, walnut skins.


I would characterise this as a whisky that plays hide and seek with the taster, especially upon adding water. Neat, the nose is estery and chemical, and in the mouth it softens to fruity, citrus flavours. With water, the nose is sour and gingery, but softens to sweet dairy in the mouth. Very complex and interesting.


I like this a lot.

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