40 % THE ORIGINAL WHISKY COLLECTION Distilled 1975 Bottled August 1999 Littlemill Distillery Co, Ltd, Bowling, Dunbartonshire
aged 36 years
INFO SIGNATORY VINTAGE RARE RESERVE Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled on 28/2/1967 Matured in Oak Hogsheads Cask Numbers 669-672 Numbered Bottles 500 ml Bottles 325 Bottles Natural Colour In Box with Dunglass 37 years old Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh
15 years old
INFO SINGLE CASK SCOTCH MALT WHISKY Date Distilled: Mar ´90 Date Bottled: Nov ´05 Outturn 271 Bottles Society Cask Code 97.5 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh 'Dappled sunlight'
40 % Lowland Single Malt Littlemill Distillery, Dunbartonshire
16 years old
60,9 % 1990 Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled 15.10.90 Bottled November 2006 Matured in Hogshead Cask No. 2991 222 Bottles BOTTLED FOR MANUFACTUM by Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh
over 17 years old
57,4 % GORDON & MACPHAIL RESERVE Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled: 25/01/1991 Cask No: 92 Cask Type: Refill Bourbon barrel Bottled: May 2008 Limited Edition 201 Bottles Proprietors: Littlemill Distillery Co, Ltd, Specially selected, produced and bottled by Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
19 years old
INFO SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY FROM A SINGLE CASK Distilled: Febr. 1990 Cask type: First Fill Barrel \ Ex Bourbon 1 of only 211 bottles Society Single Cask: 97.17 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh Sweet as an angel' s kiss
Age 21 years
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
FROM A SINGLE CASK
Date distilled: 7th March 1990
Cask type: First Fill Barrel / ex Bourbon
1 of only 217 bottles
Society Single Cask:97.21
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh Laurel,
meadowsweet and honeysuckle
LITTLEMILL Aged 21 years
46 % Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Est. 1772 The Oldest Scotch Whisky Distillery Still releasing whisky This rare bottling is a celebration of Littlemill's revered history using the limited
number of casks left from this closed, demolished distillery Numbered Limited Edition Release of 3000 Bottles Non Chill Filtered Natural Colour Unpeated Distilled at Littlemill Distillery, Dunbartonshire (Glen Catrine, Catrine, Ayrshire, Scotland
LITTLEMILL Aged 21 years
47 % Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Est. 1772 The Oldest Scotch Whisky Distillery Still releasing whisky SECOND RELEASE LIMITED EDITION Numbered 4550 Bottles This rare bottling is a celebration of Littlemill's revered history using the limited number of casks left from this closed, demolished distillery Non Chill Filtered Narural Colour Unpeated Distilled at Littlemill Distillery, Dunbartonshire (Glen Catrine, Catrine, Ayrshire, Scotland
INFO 24 year
45.5 % RARE OLD A Special Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled 1991 Lote No. RO / 15 / 04 Bottled 2015 Natural Colour Non Chill Filtered Selected, Matured & Bottled By Gordon & Macphail, Elgi
Lowlands LITTLEMILL (1972 - 1992) also see DUNGLASS and DUMBUCK
Littlemill kan aanspraak maken op het feit dat het één van de drie oudste distilleerderijen in Schotland is.
In 1772 werden hier huizen gebouwd voor de mensen van de accijnzen, maar al veel eerder werd hier bier gebrouwen en waarschijnlijk ook gedistilleerd. In 1750 was een mouter uit Glasgow, George Buchanan, eigenaar van het landgoed Auchter-lonie, waar Littlemill deel van uitmaakt. In 1817 is Matthew Clark & Co de licentiehouder. In 1823 is Jane MacGregor licentienemer, en omstreeks 1840 is Hector Henderson in het bezit van Littlemill. Hij was eerder in 1837 deelgenoot in de Campbeltown distilleerderij en was ook de stichter van Caol Ila in 1846. In 1875 wordt Littlemill uitgebreid door een zekere Hay. In 1929 werd Littlemill gesloten. In 1931 koopt een Amerikaan van Schotse afkomst Littlemill.
Hij veranderde het Saladin Box moutsysteem zodanig dat boven de Kiln een dubbele ventilator toren werd gebouwd. De ketels waren van koper, maar werden door hem bekleed met aluminium en het meest opmerkelijke,
inplaats van de zwanenhals op de ketels installeerde hij retificeerkolommen boven de ketels. Deze variatie op een thema wordt ook wel gebruikt door Japanse distilleerderijen om meer variatie te verkrijgen van
gedistilleerd afkomstig uit één ketel.
In 1931 werd ook het systeem verlaten om drie maal te distilleren. In 1959 werd Barton Brands te Chicago aandeelhouder om in 1971 alleen eigenaar te worden. In 1965 toen Littlemill het maximum bereikte van zijn produktie mogelijkheden werd een tweede distilleerderij gebouwd te Alexandria: Loch Lomond. Barton Brands werd in 1982 overgenomen door Amalgamated Distilled Products die op zijn beurt in 1984 samenging met de Argyll Group.
Littlemill wordt gesloten in 1984.
In 1985 wordt Gibson International de eigenaar, ook de eigenaar van Glen Scotia en Cellars Direct. Er is een management buy-out onder leiding van twee directeuren van Gibson International, Ian Lockwood en Bob Murdoch en in 1994 is de firma bankroet.
In 1995 is Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd de eigenaar en Littlemill is weer gesloten.
Littlemill heeft twee ketels. Eén wash still van 25000 liter en een spirit still van 18000 liter. De met stoom gestookte ketels hebben een capaciteit van 750.000 liter per jaar. Er staat één mash tun met een inhoud van 5 ton, en een washback van 25000 liter. Het water komt van de Kilpatrick Hills.
Rond 1974 werden er nog twee verschillende whiskies geproduceerd; Dumbuck, een zwaar geturfrookte whisky, en Dunglass, een niet geturfrookte, olieachtige whisky.
1772 The distillery is founded 1823 Jane MacGregor is licensee and thereby one of the first female licensees 1843 Hector Henderson sells Littlemill and commences building Caol IIa 1931 The American Duncan G. Thomas buys the distillery and founds Littlemill Distillery Company Ltd with the Argyll Group Saladin boxes are installed for maltings 1959 Barton Brands Inc, from Chicago become part-owners 1971 Duncan G. Thomas and the Argyll Group are bought out and the company is restructured as Barton Distilling (Scotland) Ltd 1972 Production of the experimental whiskies Dunglas and Dumbuck stops 1984 Littlemill closes 1988 Barton International becomes Gibson International 1989 Production resumes 1992 Production stops 1994 Gibson International files for bankrupty and Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd, sister company to Loch Lomond Distillery Company Ltd, buys Littlemill 1996 The equipment is dismantled and part of the buildings are demoslished 2003 Loch Lomond Distillery Co, shelves plans to convert Littlemill into a working distillery museum 2004 Newstead Properties buys the facility to build 61 apartments A fire, started by youngsters, destroys more of the distillery 2005 The owners obtain permission from the Procurator Fiscal to demolish the remaining buildings except the two towers.
Ideally situated, nestling at the base of the Kilpatrick Hills and taking the pure water therefrom, it will never be known exactly when whisky was first distilled at Littlemill. Perhaps as early as the Fourteenth Century as an off-shoot of the traditional brewing of beer when the Colquhouns built Dunglass Castle; but what is certain is that in about 1750. George Buchanan, a wealthy Glasgow maltster purchased Littlemill as part of the Auchentorlie Estate and by 1772, houses had already been built for the Excise Officers. When the first Government survey of the whisky industrie was conducted in 1821, Littlemill was already making 0 proof gallons a year. Littlemill has thus a long and cherished history of making fine malt scotch whisky.
1929 - 1931 Littlemill closes
Until the 1930's the traditional triple distillation technique of the Lowlands was used. Littlemill switched to double distillation when Duncan G. Thomson, an American citizen took over in 1931 forming the Littlemill Distillery Co.Ltd Duncan G. Thomson lived in the Exise Officers House He also clad the copper pot stills in aluminium and fitted rectifying columns in- stead of the customary swan - necks that are on pot - stills. This combined pot- and column - still elements. Duncan G. Thomas was trying to produce a hybrid spirit that would age faster The Argyll Group is a share holder Saladin boxes are installed for maltings
1959 Barton Brands inc of Chicago became part - owners
1971 Barton Brands inc of Chicago buys out Duncan G. Thomas and the Argyll Group and reorganized as Barton Distilling (Scotland) Ltd
1972 Two whiskies are produced from experimental set ups using the rectifying heads on the stills to produce variable malt spirit: Dumbuck, heavily peated and Dunglass unpeated
1984 Littlemill closes 1988 Management buy out forming Gibson International 1989 Littlemill is modernised and reopened 1994 Littlemill closes
Gibson International went into receivership Glen catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd, sister company to Loch lomond Distillers Ltd buys the distillery
The distillery remained silent, however, there were plans to re - build Littlemill onto a tourist attraction with new housesand luxery flatsas well as projects to turn the distillery into a museum.
These ideas were finally abandoned and in
1995 the equipment was dismantled 1996 4 September the buildings are destroyed by fire
Littlemill's hous style is soft, sweet, like marshmallows and wet grass
1750 George Buchanan a wealthy maltmaster from Glasgow purchased the Auchterlonie Estate with Littlemill
1772 George Buchanan built houses to accommodate Exise officers, this was first official record of the existence of Littlemill
1813 Littlemill is closed
Littlemill has seen many un - documented owners in its long 200 - year history.
1817 - 1818 Matthew Clark & Co
1821 Peter McGregor
1825 - 1839 Jane McGregor
1846 Hector Henderson
1846 Duncan McCulloch
1847 McCulloch & McAlpine bankrupt
1852 John McAlpin, Harvey & Co
1853 William Hunter & John F. Sharpe, the two partners agree to en the the agreement
1854 - 1857 William Hunter
1857 - 1867 William Hay & Co
1869 William Hay Junior
1874 William Hay, Fairman & Co, bankrupt
1875 Littlemill is rebuilt
1913 Yoker Distillery Co, Ltd buys Littlemill
1918 Littlemill Distillery Co
1923 - 1927 Charles Mackinlay & Co and J.G. Thomson & Co Ltd
1930 Triple distillation is finished 1931 Duncan G. Thomas , an American,who lived in the Excise House buys Littlemill with the Argyll Group and operated as Littlemill Distillery Co, Ltd 1959 Barton Brands Inc of Chicago become part - owners 1971 The Argyll Group and Duncan G. Thomas are bought out by Barton Brands and the company is restructured as Barton Distilling (Scot- Land) Ltd 1972 Production of the experimental whiskies Dunglas and Dumbuck stops 1984 Littlemill closes 1989 Gibson International opens the distillery again 1992 Production stops again 1994 Gibson International files for bankrupty, and Glen citrine Bonded Ware- house Ltd a sister company of Loch Lomond Distillery Co. Ltd buys Littlemill 1996 Equipment is dismantled
Water: Kilpatrick Hills Mash tun: 1 x 5 tonnes Wasback: 1 x 25000 litres 1 wash still x 25000 litres 1 spirit still x 25000 litres Output: 750.000 litres
Although sadly now demolished, it is thought Littlemill Distillery, founded in 1772
by George Buchanan of Glasgow would have been the oldest distillery in Scotland.
This honour now restswith Glenturret Distillery in perthshire, established in 1775. Littlemill Distillery originally located in the small village of Bowling in the west of the Scottish county of Dunbartonshire lies on the border delineating the Lowland and Highland regions.
Interestingly, the distillery drew its water from the Auchentorlie Burn in the Kilpatrick Hills - the North side of the Lowland / Highland Divide. However, be it because if its physical home was South of the same divide, and or because the whisky was triple distilled ( a technique traditional to the Lowlands) Littlemill spirit most commonly known as a Lowland malt.
Littlemill was a unique single malt distillery in that its stills were retrofitted with rectifying columns in the thirties.
These columns (similar to those of a Coffey still) allow for a continuous distillation providing a more consistent spirit. These coloms are used primarily in the distillation of grain whiskies.
In the late sixties, the distillery briefly experimented with different whisky styles - made possible in part to the rectifying columns.
Littlemill was always the name of the light traditional style Lowland, however the new heavily
peated spirit was distilled under the name "Dumbuck'; the "Dunglass"label was a full - bodied completely unpeated whisky originally intended to be used as a blending component. Production of both the "Dumbuck" and "Dunglass" varities ceased in 1972.
Like many distilleries throughout Scotland. Littlemill changed ownership regularly throughout its long history. The first recorded change in title was by Matthew Clark & Co in 1817 who sold it four years later to Peter McGregor. The Excise Act of 1823 saw Littlemill Distillery's first licensee listed as Jane MacGregor, one of the earliest female distillers. Jane retained the distillery until 1839, and over the next thirty - five years, at least ten different owners have been recorde, including Caol Ila founder Hector Henderson.
In 1875, then owner, William Hay completely rebuilt the distillery. After changing hands on a number of occaisions Littlemill Distillery fell silent from 1929 - 1931, until it was purchased by the American Duncan Thomas. It was Thomas's experiments with the distillery that developed Littlemill into the unique spirit we know today. He made the switch from triple distillation to double distillation. In addition, it was at this time that the traditional swan neck of the pot stills were replaced by rectifying columns and the stills themselves were clad in aluminium.
These changes were made in order to have greater control over the distillation process and create a spirit that would mature faster.
Thomas sold shares in the distillery to Barton Distilling Ltd who, by 1971 had sole ownership.
Barton was bought by Amalgamated Distilled Products which, in 1984, merged into the Argyll Group who closed the distillery doors.
The distillery was mothballed in 1994 when the owners fell on hard times. The final sale of Littlemill was made in 1995 to Loch Lomond Distillery who demolished the warehouses, any ideas of reviving the distillery were quelled in 2004 when fire destroyed much of the remaining buildings.
Gordon & Macphail has bottled Littlemill for a number of years under the "Connoisseurs Choice" label and, more recently, under the "Rare Old"range.
We are proud to present our most recent bottling - Gordon & Macphail Rare Old Littlemill 1991. ‘OLDEST’ LITTLEMILL 40-YEAR-OLD RELEASED
Littlemill has launched a 40 Year Old Celestial Edition single malt, the ‘oldest’ expression from the lost Lowland distillery released to date, to celebrate the work of its former distillery manager.
The whisky’s packaging depicts the stars on the evening the casks were first laid down
The whisky was distilled on 10 October 1977 and has been matured in a variety of different cask types: refill American oak casks, first-fill ex-Bourbon casks and first-fill ex-oloroso Sherry casks.
The Celestial Edition was produced to honour Littlemill distillery manager Duncan Thomas, who pioneered several distilling techniques, including the installation of hybrid stills with rectifying heads, which allowed a number of different spirit characters to be created.
Michael Henry, master blender at Littlemill owner Loch Lomond Group, said: ‘The Celestial Edition is a fitting way to celebrate the legacy left by Duncan Thomas and the truly exceptional liquid is worthy of his name.’
Bottled at 46.8% abv, the whisky is said to carry ‘floral bursts of honeysuckle and elderflower’ on the nose, and ‘lime citrus, then richer dried fruits of sultana and raisins before vanilla toffee’ on the palate.
Only 250 crystal decanters of the Celestial Edition have been produced, packaged in a presentation box depicting the position of the stars on the evening the whisky was first filled into casks.
The presentation box also includes an additional 5cl vial of the 40-year-old, for buyers who wish to try the liquid while keeping the bottle sealed.
The 40-year-old single malt is priced at £6,000 and is available to buy from specialist retailers.
One of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, Littlemill fell silent in 1992 before its stills were removed and transferred to Loch Lomond distillery.
Littlemill 27-year-old released for £2,250
A rare 27-year-old expression from the extinct Lowland distillery is limited to 500 bottles.
One of Scotland's oldest distilleries, Littlemill produced three different brands.
Littlemill was always a somewhat frustrating single malt. It was apparently relegated to the status of Third Class malt by DCL in the 1950s and bottlings, both official and independent, have swung wildly from the immature (sadly, mostly the own bottlings) to truly excellent (independent bottlings) where the distillery’s soft centred sweetness expresses itself fully. It was triple distilled until 1929.
Three different brands, Littlemill, Dunglass, and Dumbuck, were produced in the latter years.
BRANDS PRODUCED HERE
One of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, there is a possibility that whisky was being made at the Littlemill site as early as 1772. What is certainly clear is that none of its owners had any success. There were nine of them between 1772 and the arrival of the Hay family in 1857 when some stability ensued.
Its somewhat chequered history was a little surprising given its location in the village of Bowling, where the Forth & Clyde Canal meets the river Clyde. These good transport links would, you might imagine, have given Littlemill a commercial advantage.
The Hays remained in charge, expanding and improving the distillery before selling to near neighbour, grain producer Yoker Distillery Co. A further period of instability followed, with blenders Charles Mackinlay and J&G Thompson owning it briefly before, in 1931, it became the possession of the first of a succession of American owners.
The first of these was Duncan Thomas, one of the forgotten innovators of Scotch whisky. He stopped triple distillation and installed new hybrid stills with pot still bodies and rectifying heads, allowing a number of different characters to be produced.
In 1959, the Chicago-based Barton Brands took a stake in Thomas’ Littlemill Distillery Co. The injection of capital allowed the firm to build the Loch Lomond distillery – also a forgotten innovator within Scotch whisky – in 1965, thereby easing pressure on supply.
Barton Brands then bought out Thomas in 1971, but continued to try new things such as three different expressions: Littlemill itself, a lightly-peated variant, Dunglass, and a heavily-peated one, Dumbuck. After a brief time in mothballs between 1984 and 1989, the distillery ran until 1992 when what had been Barton’s Scottish arm, now Gibson International, went bankrupt.
Littlemill was bought by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd, (which in one of those weird twists of fate had bought Loch Lomond in 1986) but never redistilled. The stills were taken to Loch Lomond.
Its new owner contemplated running Littlemill as a museum, but in 1996 it was closed down and soon after it had been sold to a developer in 2004, it caught on fire.
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Alongside the lightly peated Dunglass, Dumbuck was a short-lived, experimental, heavily peated single malt produced at the now defunct Littlemill distillery in the Lowlands in the late 1960s. Primarily, if not exclusively, reserved for blends, it was never officially bottled.
Dumbuck, like its lightly peated sibling Dunglass, owes its existence to the innovative streak of Duncan Thomas, who owned Lowlands distillery Littlemill with Chicago-based Barton Brands during the 1960s.
Littlemill’s history was long and chequered: it was converted from a brewery in 1772 and suffered a difficult early history under multiple owners.
American part-ownership brought a cash injection but, despite Thomas’ experimental spirit, he was bought out by Barton Brands shortly after producing Dumbuck and Dunglass.
Littlemill limped on until 1992, when production ceased. The distillery officially closed four years later, and the remaining buildings were mostly destroyed by fire in 2004.
As a short-lived, experimental malt produced at a ‘lost’ distillery, Dunglass’ rarity is assured. It was never officially bottled and the vast majority of what was distilled went into blends.
Dunglass was one of two peated variants trialled at the Littlemill distillery during the late 1960s, the other being the more heavily peated Dumbuck. Rarely released by independent bottlers, it is now highly prized by collectors.
Dunglass was produced briefly in the late 1960s at Littlemill, the Lowlands distillery converted from a brewery in 1772, which endured a difficult early history under multiple owners.
By the 1960s, Littlemill was owned by serial innovator Duncan Thomas and Chicago-based Barton Brands – the latter of whom provided a cash injection that allowed the construction of the Loch Lomond distillery to boost production.
Thomas’s innovations at Littlemill had already made it a versatile plant, and in the late 1960s this was taken further with the experimental production of peated spirit to supplement Littlemill’s trademark floral style.
Distillation of the two variants – lightly peated, ‘heavy and slow-maturing’ Dunglass, including spirit taken from spirit and wash stills, and heavily peated Dumbuck – was short-lived, and Thomas was bought out by Barton Brands shortly afterwards.
Littlemill eventually ceased production in 1992; a fire destroyed most of the remaining buildings in 2004.