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Littlemill

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.

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1985 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at Littlemill in 1985 before a 27 year maturation in a single cask (number 110). It was bottled in 2012 for Vintage Malt Whisky Company's Coopers Choice range.  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1985 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
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Littlemill 21 Year Old

70cl, 46%

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

Littlemill 21 Year Old

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9822) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

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. Even though the Littlemill…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9822) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
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Littlemill 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 53.5%

This Littlemill was distilled in 1990, and aged in bourbon barrels before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2008. A release of 1,215 bottles from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold Series.  More info

Littlemill 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Littlemill 20 Year Old - Royal Wedding Celebration (Hart Brothers)

70cl, 46%

This limited edition 20-year-old single malt Scotch whisky was sourced from the closed Lowland distillery Littlemill by Hart Brothers in April 2011 to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate…  More info

Littlemill 20 Year Old - Royal Wedding Celebration (Hart Brothers)

SMWS 97.21 21 Year Old 1990

70cl, 54.7%

Littlemill may no longer be producing whisky, but you can still try Littlemill whisky from the remaining stock - like this Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling. It was drawn from a single cask laid…  More info

SMWS 97.21 21 Year Old 1990

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1983 (cask 2915) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

Love Littlemill's whiskies? You'll be jazzed to see this, then! It's an indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky produced by Littlemill back in 1983 and aged for 20 years! Following that, it was…  More info

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1983 (cask 2915) - First Cask

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