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LITTLEMILL   8 years old 40 %    INFO      
Littlemill Distillery Co, Bowling,
Dunbartonshire

LITTLEMILL   12 years old 43 %                
VINTAGE 1984
Distilled 28.6.84
Bottled 10.96
Cask Nos. 2440 & 2441
564 Genummerde flessen
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

LITTLEMILL   31 years old 45,6 %                 
SILENT STILLS
Distilled 25.10.65
Bottled 15.5.97
Cask No. 5273
180 Genummerde flessen
Littlemill Distillery Co, Ltd, Bowling

LITTLEMILL   30 years old 53,5%     
SPECIAL RESERVE
Distilled 2nd May 1950
Bottled June 1981
216 Genummerde flessen
Littlemill Distillery Co, Ltd, Bowling,
Dunbartonshire

LITTLEMILL   32 years old 40 %            
Distilled 1964
Bottled December 1996
Littlemill Distillery Co, Ltd, Bowling,
Dunbartonshire

LITTLEMILL  10 years old 43 %           
VINTAGE 1989
Distilled 28.3.89
Bottled 26.4.99
Cask Nos. 885 & 886
910 Genummerde flessen
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

LITTLEMILL   9 years old 43 %            
VINTAGE 1990
Distilled 4.5.90
Bottled 3.3.00
Cask Nos. 1510 & 11
670 Genummerde flessen
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

LITTLEMILL   24 years old 40 %                
THE ORIGINAL
WHISKY COLLECTION
Distilled 1975
Bottled August 1999
Littlemill Distillery Co, Ltd, Bowling,
Dunbartonshire

LITTLEMILL     aged 36 years 41,2 %    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

LITTLEMILL    15 years old 57.1 %     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'

LITTLEMILL    13 years old 43 %             
SIGNATORY VINTAGE 1990
Single Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 15.10.90
Bottled 28.11.03
Cask No. 2972
35 cl Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd,
Edinburgh
LITTLEMILL    12 years old 40 %                    
Lowland Single Malt
Littlemill Distillery, Dunbartonshire

LITTLEMILL    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

LITTLEMILL          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

LITTLEMILL      19 years old  58,7 %           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                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

LITTLEMILL   Age  21 years  54,7 % INFO:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

ited 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

Lowlands
LITTLEMILL  (1972 - 1992) also see DUNGLASS and DUMBUCK

Bowling, Dumbartonshire. Licentiehouder: Littlemill Distillery Co, Ltd. Eigendom van Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Limited.
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 venti-lator 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

1851                 Working

1852                 John McAlpin, Harvey & Co

1853                 William Hunter & John F. Sharpe, the two partners agree to en 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


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
Dumbuck
Dunglass

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.

1772
Possible distilling began at the Littlemill site
1817-1857
Matthew Clark & Co becomes the first of eight owners during this short period
1857
William Hay buys the distillery
1875
Littlemill distillery is rebuilt
c1913
The site is bought by Yoker Distilling Co.
1918
Littlemill changes hands to Charles Mackinlay & J. & G. Thompson
1931
The site is bought by Duncan Thomas and trades as Littlemill Distillery Co.
1931
Thomas stops triple distillation and installs hybrid pot/rectifier stills
1959
Barton Brands buys a share in the company
1971
Barton Brands buys out Thomas' stake in the company
1984
The distillery is mothballed
1987
Barton Brands sells Littlemill to Gibson International
1994
Gibson International is liquidated and the distillery bought by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse
1996
The distillery is eventually closed and the site sold to developers
OWNERS

Loch Lomond Group
2014 - present (brand only)
CURRENT OWNER

The Littlemill Distillery Company
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse
1994 - 2014
Gibson International
1987 - 1994
Barton Brands
1971 - 1987
Duncan G Thomas
1931 - 1971
J&G Thompson
1923 - 1931 (joint with Charles Mackinlay)
Charles Mackinlay
1923 - 1931 (joint with J&G Thompson)
Littlemill Distillery Co
1918 - 1923
Yoker Distillery Co
1913 - 1918
William Hay & Co
1857 - 1913
William Hunter
1853 - 1857
John McAlpine, Harvey & Co
1852 - 1853
McCulloch & McAlpine
1846 - 1852
Duncan McCulloch
1839 - 1846
Jane McGregor
1825 - 1839
Peter McGregor
1821 - 1825
Matthew Clark & Co
1817 - 1821


LITTLEMILL DISTILLERY

LOWLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

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.

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.

1772
Possible distilling began at the Littlemill site
1817-1857
Matthew Clark & Co becomes the first of eight owners during this short period
1857
William Hay buys the distillery
1875
Littlemill distillery is rebuilt
c1913
The site is bought by Yoker Distilling Co.
1918
Littlemill changes hands to Charles Mackinlay & J. & G. Thompson
1931
The site is bought by Duncan Thomas and trades as Littlemill Distillery Co.
1931
Thomas stops triple distillation and installs hybrid pot/rectifier stills
1959
Barton Brands buys a share in the company
1971
Barton Brands buys out Thomas' stake in the company
1984
The distillery is mothballed
1987
Barton Brands sells Littlemill to Gibson International
1994
Gibson International is liquidated and the distillery bought by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse
1996
The distillery is eventually closed and the site sold to developers
OWNERS

Loch Lomond Group
2014 - present (brand only)
CURRENT OWNER

The Littlemill Distillery Company
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse
1994 - 2014
Gibson International
1987 - 1994
Barton Brands
1971 - 1987
Duncan G Thomas
1931 - 1971
J&G Thompson
1923 - 1931 (joint with Charles Mackinlay)
Charles Mackinlay
1923 - 1931 (joint with J&G Thompson)
Littlemill Distillery Co
1918 - 1923
Yoker Distillery Co
1913 - 1918
William Hay & Co
1857 - 1913
William Hunter
1853 - 1857
John McAlpine, Harvey & Co
1852 - 1853
McCulloch & McAlpine
1846 - 1852
Duncan McCulloch
1839 - 1846
Jane McGregor
1825 - 1839
Peter McGregor
1821 - 1825
Matthew Clark & Co
1817 - 1821


BRAND

An experimental peated single malt whisky produced at the now demolished Littlemill distillery in the Lowlands.

DUMBUCK PROFILE

LOWLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

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

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.


LITTLEMILL 27-YEAR-OLD RELEASED FOR £2,250

01 August 2017 by Giles Milton
A limited edition Littlemill 2017 Private Cellar Edition has been made available for £2,250 per bottle.  

Littlemill 2017 Private Cellar Edition
Limited edition: each bottling comes in a decanter with tasting miniature and piece of cask
Established in 1772, the Littlemill distillery stopped producing in 1994, before burning down 10 years later. As a result, very little of its stock remains and owner Loch Lomond Distillery Company has restricted its new 27-year-old expression to just 500 bottles.

Produced from eight casks distilled in May 1990, the Private Cellar Edition has been matured in refill Bourbon casks and married in first-fill Bourbon barrels for a further 12 months, before being bottled at 51.3% abv.

Michael Henry, master blender for Loch Lomond, has enhanced Littlemill’s distillery character – light floral notes, reminiscent of its triple-distillation era – to create a ‘unique and historic experience’.

He said: ‘It’s a tragedy that the distillery fell silent and was later destroyed by fire, committing Littlemill to legend.

‘Once the last precious drops are consumed, an important part of Scotland’s and Scotch whisky’s heritage will be lost forever.’

Littlemill distillery officially began producing whisky in Bowling, Dunbartonshire, in 1772, although illegal production may have gone on for centuries earlier.

In the 1930s, Littlemill became famous for its triple distillation process – a technique usually confined to Ireland’s distilleries – and provided inspiration for the opening of the Loch Lomond distillery in Alexandria in the 1960s.


DUNGLASS

LOWLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

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.


1772
Distilling is believed to have begun at Littlemill, where Dunglass was briefly made
1875
The distillery is extensively rebuilt
1931
Duncan Thomas buys Littlemill, introducing a number of innovations
1959
Barton Brands buys a stake in the company
Late 1960s
Littlemill variants Dunglass and Dumbuck are produced for a short time
1984
Littlemill is mothballed
1996
The distillery closes and the site is sold to developers
OWNERS

Loch Lomond Group
CURRENT OWNER

Loch Lomond Distillers
Late 1960s - present
To this day, Loch Lomond is the home of the remaining Littlemill stills.

The 500 individually-numbered bottles of the 2017 Private Cellar Edition are available to buy at specialist whisky retailers worldwide.

Each is presented along with a piece of cask, and a miniature tasting bottle.

DUNGLASS

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

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.

TIMELINE

1772
Distilling is believed to have begun at Littlemill, where Dunglass was briefly made
1875
The distillery is extensively rebuilt
1931
Duncan Thomas buys Littlemill, introducing a number of innovations
1959
Barton Brands buys a stake in the company
Late 1960s
Littlemill variants Dunglass and Dumbuck are produced for a short time
1984
Littlemill is mothballed
1996
The distillery closes and the site is sold to developers
OWNERS

Loch Lomond Group logo
PARENT COMPANY

Loch Lomond Group
CURRENT OWNER

Loch Lomond Distillers
Late 1960s - present

DUMBUCK

LOWLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

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.


PRODUCED AT
Littlemill
DUMBUCK HISTORY

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.


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
Dumbuck
Dunglass


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.

1772
Possible distilling began at the Littlemill site
1817-1857
Matthew Clark & Co becomes the first of eight owners during this short period
1857
William Hay buys the distillery
1875
Littlemill distillery is rebuilt
c1913
The site is bought by Yoker Distilling Co.
1918
Littlemill changes hands to Charles Mackinlay & J. & G. Thompson
1931
The site is bought by Duncan Thomas and trades as Littlemill Distillery Co.
1931
Thomas stops triple distillation and installs hybrid pot/rectifier stills
1959
Barton Brands buys a share in the company
1971
Barton Brands buys out Thomas' stake in the company
1984
The distillery is mothballed
1987
Barton Brands sells Littlemill to Gibson International
1994
Gibson International is liquidated and the distillery bought by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse
1996
The distillery is eventually closed and the site sold to developers
OWNERS

Loch Lomond Group
2014 - present (brand only)
CURRENT OWNER

The Littlemill Distillery Company
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse
1994 - 2014
Gibson International
1987 - 1994
Barton Brands
1971 - 1987
Duncan G Thomas
1931 - 1971
J&G Thompson
1923 - 1931 (joint with Charles Mackinlay)
Charles Mackinlay
1923 - 1931 (joint with J&G Thompson)
Littlemill Distillery Co
1918 - 1923
Yoker Distillery Co
1913 - 1918
William Hay & Co
1857 - 1913
William Hunter
1853 - 1857
John McAlpine, Harvey & Co
1852 - 1853
McCulloch & McAlpine
1846 - 1852
Duncan McCulloch
1839 - 1846
Jane McGregor
1825 - 1839
Peter McGregor
1821 - 1825
Matthew Clark & Co
1817 - 1821

AMALGAMATED DISTILLED PRODUCTS

Amalgamated Distilled Products (ADP) operated a large network of Scotch whisky companies involved in the distilling, blending and export of several brands during the final decades of the 20th century.

It was formed to acquire Campbeltown’s Glen Scotia distillery, and produced and distributed a number of beer and spirits brands in the UK and overseas, as well as in travel retail through its subsidiary ADP Duty-Free Sales Ltd. It also operated the Liquorsave chain of off-licenses.

In 1983 it merged with James Gulliver’s Argyll Group, which famously submitted an unsuccessful bid for Distillers Company Ltd in 1985.

ADP was formed in 1970 to takeover Glasgow’s A. Gillies & Co (Distillers) Ltd and its Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown, as well as Grangemouth Bonding Company Ltd among other companies.

In the year of its founding, ADP also created a subsidiary, the Glen Nevis Distillery Company, which produced the Glen Nevis brand named after Duncan MacCallum’s Campbeltown distillery which shut in 1923. The brand, which almost certainly did not contain any whisky from its namesake distillery, was available as a single malt, vatted malt and blended Scotch whisky.

In 1976 the group established a US marketing and distribution arm, ADP Liquor Imports Inc, which merged with Medley Distilling Company Inc. in 1980 to import a range of ADP’s spirits into the country.

In 1979 Scottish businessman James Gulliver, who was born and raised in Campbeltown, acquired shares in ADP through his Gulliver Vintners Ltd, which came with an assumed role in the management of the company. By 1983, ADP had merged with Gulliver’s Argyll Group, which at that time operated the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group.

By this time ADP had purchased Chicago’s Barton Brands, which owned Littlemill distillery in Campbeltown, though upon the ADP-Argyll merger the distillery was closed and was sold on to Gibson International three years later.

In 1985 Gulliver launched a takeover bid for Distillers Company Ltd, which proved unsuccessful due to the underhanded tactics used by Ernest Saunders, chairman of the successful bidder, Guinness (the deal is still considered one of the most notorious financial scandals of the 1980s).

Wounded by the loss and aware of a decline in the market, Gulliver sold off ADP’s distilling interests to Gibson International in the same year. However it kept hold of the Glen Nevis brand, which through Argyll’s merger with Safeway in 1987, now belongs to the supermarket empire’s successor, Wm Morrison.

ADP was eventually wound up in 2013.

DISTILLERIES & BRANDS

Copper Pot
BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Glen Adam
BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Howard MacLaren
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY


LITTLEMILL 27-YEAR-OLD RELEASED FOR £2,250
01 August 2017
A limited edition Littlemill 2017 Private Cellar Edition has been made available for £2,250 per bottle.  

Littlemill 2017 Private Cellar Edition
Limited edition: each bottling comes in a decanter with tasting miniature and piece of cask
Established in 1772, the Littlemill distillery stopped producing in 1994, before burning down 10 years later. As a result, very little of its stock remains and owner Loch Lomond Distillery Company has restricted its new 27-year-old expression to just 500 bottles.

Produced from eight casks distilled in May 1990, the Private Cellar Edition has been matured in refill Bourbon casks and married in first-fill Bourbon barrels for a further 12 months, before being bottled at 51.3% abv.

Michael Henry, master blender for Loch Lomond, has enhanced Littlemill’s distillery character – light floral notes, reminiscent of its triple-distillation era – to create a ‘unique and historic experience’.

He said: ‘It’s a tragedy that the distillery fell silent and was later destroyed by fire, committing Littlemill to legend.

‘Once the last precious drops are consumed, an important part of Scotland’s and Scotch whisky’s heritage will be lost forever.’

Littlemill distillery officially began producing whisky in Bowling, Dunbartonshire, in 1772, although illegal production may have gone on for centuries earlier.

In the 1930s, Littlemill became famous for its triple distillation process – a technique usually confined to Ireland’s distilleries – and provided inspiration for the opening of the Loch Lomond distillery in Alexandria in the 1960s.

To this day, Loch Lomond is the home of the remaining Littlemill stills.

The 500 individually-numbered bottles of the 2017 Private Cellar Edition are available to buy at specialist whisky retailers worldwide.

Each is presented along with a piece of cask, and a miniature tasting bottle.
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