The final legacy of Scotland’s Oldest Distillery
The Littlemill distillery was officially established in 1772 on the site of an old brewery that had been founded during the 14th century in Bowling on the banks of the River Clyde near Glasgow.
It is rumoured that illicit distilling had taken place there since 1750 when the site was bought by George Buchanan, a malt master, and according to the renowned whisky historian and writer Misako Udo in her book ‘The Scotch Whisky Distilleries’ distilling may have taken place there for many centuries before, possibly making it the world’s oldest whisky distillery. Littlemill fell into perpetual silence in 1994 and then the distillery was destroyed by fire in 2004.
In 1931 Littlemill led whisky still innovation whereby its innovative design could create three styles of spirit under the stewardship of the American Duncan Thomas. It was these stills that inspired the stills that remain in place at Loch Lomond Distillery today. In 2015 Loch Lomond Group released a limited number of its Littlemill Private Cellar Edition. Since then, a mere handful of bottles have been released annually, which have become sought after by collectors and whisky enthusiasts.
A Testament to the past
Littlemill Testament captures the legacy of the distillery, with the liquid if thus exclusive Single Malt taken from a single distillation on th October 1976.
This limited edition has been expertly crafted to preserve the distillery in both style and character ensure the legacy of Littlemill Distillery lives on in each expression.
Re-casked in 1996 from their original casks and into American oak Hogsheads, our Master Blender, Michael Henry selected three from these, vatting them together into two first fill Oloroso sherry hogsheads for a further 4 month maturation before vatting together for a final two months prior to bottling.