Douglas Laing – Director’s Cut – Littlemill 1988 / 2014 – 25 yo -Tasting Notes

At Whisky Live The Hague in a lovely tasting of Douglas Laing Director’s Cut I tasted this lovely Littlemill expression. Distilled in November 1988 and bottled after 25 years at 56,2% in June 2014.

It has spend its 25 years in a refill hoghshead, and was selected with reference DL REF 10349 by Douglas Laing for the Director’s Cut series to produce in total 225 bottles at cask strength with no added coloring.

Nose
Sweet, spice, stone fruit, orange, citrus freshness, raisin, vanilla, beautiful sweet fruit notes, honey

Palate
Sweet, pepper, fresh citrus, raisin, vanilla, same notes as on the nose. Full with spices, warm, sweet, creamy, and a bit light wood/cinnamon dryness mixed with light floral notes, red apple and backed fruits.

Soft gingerbread notes, cinnamon, vanilla, white pepper, banana and rhubarb. With some water added, and it really can take a lot I discovered it gets some more clear spice, a full and complex feel. With adding a bit too much water it revealed more citrus, green apples and honey. Fresh and sweet. Still having drowned my last sip in the glass it was great.

Finish
Medium to long length, creamy and bit cocoa powder finish plus (watered down) honey

Score
Scored me a good 7,5 out of 10 when tasted it at the masterclass. It is very nice and balanced, full with spice and fruit. Complex…

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