Littlemill Lowland Whisky Distillery
It is argued amongst whisky historians that this was the oldest known Lowland Distillery with records going back to 1750 when it is recorded a maltmaster George Buchan bought the estate of Littlemill. What is known is that it was on the site of a brewery which was brewing beer as early as the 14th century. The brewery was located north of the river Clyde in Bowling and was legally producing whisky by 1772 as houses for the excise men were built at this time, however the 1st recorded Licensee was a Jane McGregor in 1823 one of the earliest female distillers in Scotland. Due to the age it has been impossible for whisky historians to put together a complete picture however they believe it remained in George Buchan’s & family’s ownership until it closed in 1813 thereafter was taken over by Matthew Clark & Co followed by Peter McGregor in 1821. Other 19th century owners included Duncan McCullouch, John McAlpine, Willaim Hunter, William Hay and then his son before being sold to Yoker Distillery Co in 1913. In 1918 it became the Littlemill Distillery Company and Charles Mackinley & Co and J G Thomson & Co Ltd owned Littlemill between 1923 and 1927 followed by an American Duncan Thomas who later sold out to another American firm Barton Brands Ltd in 1959. It was Duncan Thomas who tried to create a spirit at Littlemill that would age faster by cladding the copper in aluminium and installing rectifying columns instead of swan necks.
Barnton continued to run the distillery until 1984 when it was mothballed but Gibson international reopened it just 4 years later. 10 years on Gibson International went into receivership and Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouses bought the facility and was managed by Loch Lomond Distillery however remained silent until 1996 when the distillation equipment was taken down. In 2004 a fire destroyed the building.
Due to the closure prices of Littlemill single malt scotch whisky have risen and there was also experimental malt whiskies called Dumbuck and Dunglas made at Littlemill which are available but at a price.
Taste: Malty with pears and melon on the nose with a sweetness and smoothness in the mouth.