Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Before it was dismantled in 1997, Littlemill could claim to be the oldest surviving licensed distillery in Scotland. It is one of the rarest whiskies around for this reason, with prestigious limited-edition bottlings. The precious last drops of liquid from Littlemill currently sell for thousands, after being matured for decades.
Littlemill Distillery innovated and produced an exemplary Lowland character whisky, up until its last days. Using water from the north of the Highland line in the Kilpatrick Hills, peat from Stornoway and malt from Perthshire, the Littlemill whiskies reflect a light, summer whisky.
Before its closure, the official range of Littlemill bottlings included a 5 year old, 8 year old, 12 year old, 20 year old and 21 year old.
The pot stills used were rather unique. They were copper, but had outer layer of light aluminium and instead of swan necks, they had rectifying columns.
Throughout its life, the distillery produced the traditional Littlemill Lowland expression and two experimental whiskies: the peated Dumbuck and a full-bodied whisky named Dunglass.
The distillery was established by 1772, when a house was built on site for the resident excise officer, but may have been operating since the 1750’s, when it is mentioned in estate papers. Largely destroyed by fire in 2004, it stood at Bowling on the River Clyde, an eminently practical site, since Bowling is the Western entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal (completed 1790) which connects the west coast with the east.
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