The latest release from the lost distillery of Littlemill arrives at The Whisky Shop
Officially founded by George Buchan of Glasgow in 1772, on the site of a former brewery in Bowling on the banks of the River Clyde, Littlemill was the oldest distillery in Scotland. Despite its provenance as an elder of the industry, Littlemill had a chequered past, being mothballed twice in its lifetime before eventually silencing its stills for good in 1994 when its owners went bankrupt. The grand dame of distilling was then purchased by the Loch Lomond Group, owners of Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia distilleries, but hope of a revival did not last with the remnants of the distillery being dismantled in 1997 and finally, in 2004, a fire ravaged the remainder of the buildings, bringing Littlemill distillery’s story to an end.
While the distillery may be lost, the whisky it produced lives on. Small parcels continue to mature under the careful watch of Michael Henry, master blender of the Loch Lomond Group. For the second of what has become series of annual limited releases, Henry has selected eight casks that were filled between the 11th and 29th of May 1990. Chosen in homage to the lighter, floral spirit that was a hallmark of the days when triple distillation was the norm at the distillery, these casks were filled at a strength of 68.8%, allowing the spirit to retain more of the distillery character. Littlemill was unique among Lowlands distilleries in using a Highland water source, the Auchentorlie burn, as well as peat from Stornoway and Perthshire. Matured for a full 26 years in refill bourbon casks, the spirit was then married together in fresh bourbon barrels for 12 months before bottling at a strength of 51.3% abv.
This rare Lowlands single malt is limited to just 500 bottles worldwide, each one individually numbered and presented in an opulent display case alongside a miniature of the precious liquid and a unique piece of the cask used during maturation. Now available to order at The Whisky Shop, this is more than a single malt, it’s an opportunity to taste history.