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The stills at the Littlemill distillery fell into perpetual silence in 1994, only to be sold to the Loch Lomond Distillery Company and subsequently dismantled shortly after. A fire in September of that same year sealed Littlemill's fate. The distillery had closed a decade prior, but reopened in 1989 following the acquisition by Gibson International. Although technically a Lowland distillery, Littlemill, like its fellow Lowlander Auchentoshan, draws its waters from above the Highland line, from a spring in the Kilpatrick hills.

There are rumours that Littlemill is Scotland’s oldest distillery, possibly even the oldest in the world. Of course, such things are hard to say for certain, though Littlemill has indeed had a long history. The site may have been used for distillation as early as the 1300s. The Colquhouns built Dunglas Castle as a means of watching over the River Clyde crossing. The buildings lie between the River Clyde and the railway line; the nearest station being at Bowling. The distillery proper was founded in 1772 by George Buchanan of Glasgow following the acquisition of the Auchterlonie estate. As did many a Lowland distillery, Littlemill practised triple distillation, though this was abandoned in the 1930s.

A new set of stills were installed, though of a very unusual design; each had a rectifying column at the neck, more like those used for grain distillation. It was thought that the spirit produced in this way would proffer a speedy maturation. There were also experiments made with heavily peated and completely unpeated malts; these were released as Dumbuck and Dunglas respectively, the latter released in 2003, though originally intended to be used as a blending component. The stocks of Littlemill have yet to run dry and there are both official and independent releases.

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About Littlemill Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded


Distillery Address

Bowling, Dunbartonshire

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner

Loch Lomond Distillery Co. Ltd


The distillery is founded.


Jane MacGregor is licensee and thereby one of the first females in the business.


Hector Henderson sells Littlemill and commences building Caol Ila.


The American Duncan G. Thomas buys the distillery and founds Littlemill Distillery Company Ltd with the Argyll Group. Saladin boxes are installed for maltings.


Barton Brands Inc. from Chicago becomes part-owners.


Duncan Thomas and Argyll Group are bought out and the company is restructured as Barton Distilling (Scotland) Ltd.


Production of the experimental whiskies Dunglas and Dumbuck stops.


The distillery closes.


Barton International becomes Gibson International.


Production resumes.


Production stops.


Gibson International files for bankruptcy and Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd (sister company to Loch Lomond Distillery Company Ltd) buys Littlemill.


The equipment is dismantled and part of the buildings are demolished.


Loch Lomond Distillery Co. shelves plans to convert Littlemill into a working distillery/musem.


Newstead Properties buys the facility to build 61 apartments. A fire, started by youngsters, destroys much of the remaining buildings.


The owners obtain permission from the Procurator Fiscal to demolish the remaining buildings except the two towers. A 12 year old Littlemill is released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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Single malt Scotch whisky from the closed (and dismantled) Littlemill distillery, matured in a single cask for 26 years and bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range. It was distilled...  More info
22 year old single malt Scotch whisky from a closed distillery? Oh go on then! This Hunter Laing Old & Rare bottling features whisky from the Littlemill distillery, which was closed in the 1990s. This...  More info
Distilled the year before production at this Lowland distillery ceased forever, this Littlemill single cask is one of the finite remaining gifts one of Scotland's oldest distilleries has left us. And...  More info
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A Directors' Cut bottling of Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 25 years. The distillery was closed in the 1990s and unfortunately destroyed in a fire in the 2000s...  More info
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The second release of 21 year old single malt from Littlemill, a Lowland distillery with a long history. It was founded all the way back in 1772, but it was sadly closed in the early 1990s and...  More info
A lovely 21 year old Littlemill single malt, bottled by Lady of the Glen. While the distillery may no longer be with us (it was dismantled 1997 and burned down in 2004), independent bottlings like...  More info
An independently bottled Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, to let you remember the good old days before the distillery was closed and demolished. This whisky was distilled in March 1989 and left...  More info
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This was distilled at the Littlemill distillery in November 1991, before a 21 year maturation in a single cask (a refill hogshead). It was bottled in 2013 and comes from the Old Malt Cask range from...  More info
From Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range comes a 21 year old Littlemill. Cask 9822 was filled in November in 1991 and bottled in May 2013, producing 315 bottles.

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This single cask bottling of Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in February 1992, the same year that Littlemill ceased production of their Lowlands expressions. A rare and exciting...  More info
Though the Littlemill distillery has sadly been demolished, their legend endures in the remaining whisky they produced, like this single cask release from Berry Bros. & Rudd, distilled in 1990.  More info
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This was distilled at the Littlemill distillery in 1992 before a single cask maturation. It was aged in cask number 9 for 20 years before bottling at natural cask strength in 2012. A delicious whisky...  More info
Distilled two years before Littlemill was closed for the final time, this is an exciting single cask release from Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info
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Littlemill has been closed and reopened more times than we can count, but it has been closed for a while now, making this single cask release a real treat.  More info
A delightful 20 year old Littlemill from Berry Brothers & Rudd. 1992 vintage Lowland whisky.  More info
Littlemill was closed in 1992 and demolished four years later. Needless to say opne day there will be no Littlemill left, so grab a bottle while you can. This bottle was bottled by The Coopers Choice...  More info
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A new release from Littlemill and a superbly packaged one at that, this is a 21 year old single malt which was aged in bourbon casks. It comes at 46%abv too, so we're expecting plenty of character...  More info
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