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Littlemill

Translation: Small mill

Region: Lowlands


"The first will be the last" ....


... it says in the Bible. Unfortunately, this does not apply to Littlemill. Built in 1772 on the site of a brewery, it is probably the oldest distillery in Scotland (although the exact date of birth can not be proven beyond doubt). She was also one of the first to be led by a woman: 1825-1839 by Jane McGregor. Unfortunately, Littlemill is not one of the last remaining distilleries of the once proud whiskey region "Lowlands". As early as 1994, the last drop was running through the pot stills. Irrevocable.


A little history


Supposedly already in the 14th century was brewed and distilled on the site of the later distillery. Probably 1772 was created by conversion of an old brewery, the Littlemill Distillery. That would make her the oldest (legal) distillery in Scotland.
However, the first ownership deeds date back to 1817, when Littlemill belonged to Matthew Clark & Co. The owners then changed frequently over the years. Noteworthy: Jane McGregor (1825), one of the first women in the whiskey industry, and Hector Henderson (1840), founder of Caol Ila.
In 1875 the distillery under William Hay was extensively renovated and partly rebuilt.
In the 1960s, Littlemill experimented with tormented malt. The results came on the market - for a short period of time and in small quantities - as manure (lightly hit) and dumbuck (heavily pitched). Today extremely rare collectibles.
In 1988, the distillery eventually went to Gibson International, which they shut down in 1992.
When Gibson went bankrupt in 1994, Littlemill, with Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse, once again got a new owner - but production was not resumed. Parts of the plant were dismantled in 1996, and in 2004 a fire destroyed most of the buildings. The remains fell and were demolished in 2006.

What do I actually have in the glass?


The Lowland whiskeys are usually described as tender, soft, floral and ideal for beginners. In that sense, Littlemill was not a typical Lowland distillery. Many of the bottlings were / are very powerful, spicy and almost impetuous. A Lowland Malt with floral notes - but also with rough edges.

3 reasons to love Littlemill


4) Because memory can not die.
5) Because the malt was everything but not ordinary.
6) Because getting to know each other is still possible.


The one drama for the lonely island


The stocks are coming to an end. So try any Littlemill you can get hold of (although the 25-year-old "Director's Cut" by Douglas Laing, still available at Malts & More, is a particularly successful representative)!

numbers and facts


Address: 126 Dumbarton Road, Bowling, Dumbartonshire G60 5B
Founded: probably 1772
Status: demolished
Owner: last: Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse
Capacity: formerly approx. 750,000 liters
1 wash still (25,000 l)
1 spirit still (18,000 l)
Water: Auchentorlie Burn
Visitor Center: -
Telephone: -
Website: -

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Littlemill

Translation: Small mill

Region: Lowlands


"The first will be the last" ....


... it says in the Bible. Unfortunately, this does not apply to Littlemill. Built in 1772 on the site of a brewery, it is probably the oldest distillery in Scotland (although the exact date of birth can not be proven beyond doubt). She was also one of the first to be led by a woman: 1825-1839 by Jane McGregor. Unfortunately, Littlemill is not one of the last remaining distilleries of the once proud whiskey region "Lowlands". As early as 1994, the last drop was running through the pot stills. Irrevocable.


A little history


Supposedly already in the 14th century was brewed and distilled on the site of the later distillery. Probably 1772 was created by conversion of an old brewery, the Littlemill Distillery. That would make her the oldest (legal) distillery in Scotland.
However, the first ownership deeds date back to 1817, when Littlemill belonged to Matthew Clark & Co. The owners then changed frequently over the years. Noteworthy: Jane McGregor (1825), one of the first women in the whiskey industry, and Hector Henderson (1840), founder of Caol Ila.
In 1875 the distillery under William Hay was extensively renovated and partly rebuilt.
In the 1960s, Littlemill experimented with tormented malt. The results came on the market - for a short period of time and in small quantities - as manure (lightly hit) and dumbuck (heavily pitched). Today extremely rare collectibles.
In 1988, the distillery eventually went to Gibson International, which they shut down in 1992.
When Gibson went bankrupt in 1994, Littlemill, with Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse, once again got a new owner - but production was not resumed. Parts of the plant were dismantled in 1996, and in 2004 a fire destroyed most of the buildings. The remains fell and were demolished in 2006.

What do I actually have in the glass?


The Lowland whiskeys are usually described as tender, soft, floral and ideal for beginners. In that sense, Littlemill was not a typical Lowland distillery. Many of the bottlings were / are very powerful, spicy and almost impetuous. A Lowland Malt with floral notes - but also with rough edges.

3 reasons to love Littlemill


4) Because memory can not die.
5) Because the malt was everything but not ordinary.
6) Because getting to know each other is still possible.


The one drama for the lonely island


The stocks are coming to an end. So try any Littlemill you can get hold of (although the 25-year-old "Director's Cut" by Douglas Laing, still available at Malts & More, is a particularly successful representative)!

numbers and facts


Address: 126 Dumbarton Road, Bowling, Dumbartonshire G60 5B
Founded: probably 1772
Status: demolished
Owner: last: Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse
Capacity: formerly approx. 750,000 liters
1 wash still (25,000 l)
1 spirit still (18,000 l)
Water: Auchentorlie Burn
Visitor Center: -
Telephone: -
Website: -

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