Now were getting to the interesting stuff!
So I’ve been very fortunate to try some awesome whisky recently, mostly in The Haig and the Whiskybase gathering. These are two such whiskies.
First up a heavily peated Springbank, finished in a Chardonnay white wine cask since 2008 (so more like a double maturation really). Quite rare to see single cask Longrow, especially at this age, especially especially from a white wine cask so I was excited for that.
Then my first Littlemill popped up in the form of the guys at Maltstock, who had a stand at The Haig. So good going so far…
Longrow 2001 Cadenhead’s Warehouse Tasting 56.2% Approx.
Colour: Dark Gold
Nose: Nicely sulphury and smoky. Musty white grape, buttery and oily, green grape, very slightly tropical. A meaty note- Steak? and oak, strawberry and raspberry.
Taste: Oily, great mouthfeel, smoky, great development then spices and oak, ginger, chilli oil, orange, black pepper.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Chilli oil and black pepper. Quite spicy at this point.
Actually 16yo, despite the label! Moved into a Chardonnay white wine cask since 2008. A little too spicy mid palate and on the finish. Quite a few of these available on Scotchwhiskyauctions.com at the moment.
Littlemill 1992 Cadenhead’s Cask Ends 52.7%
Nose: Nicely light and delicate. Quite dry, light bubblegum, lots of charcoal, dry oak, floral, clean laundry, washing powder, love hearts, a bit of rubber.
Taste: Intense, fizzy, spritzy, really fizzy actually, love hearts, sour green apple and cherry, fizzy sweets, clean laundry, oak and vanilla.
Finish: Long length. Less fizzy now, lemon citrus, some very light spice.
My first Littlemill! And actually, has a very similar style to Rosebank. The taste is great, but the nose isn't as good. Lovely stuff all the same, although the Longrow is more my bag.
Thanks for reading!
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