Littlemill was one of the oldest distillery in Scotland. Located near Glasgow, the distillery officially started producing whisky legally in 1771. The production continued till 1994 when the distillery had to shut down its doors. Unfortunately, due to a fire in 2004 the distillery was burnt to grounds. Luckily some of the single malt casks were rescued from the fire.
Regarding the past of the distillery, Micheal Henry, the Master Blender for Loch Lommond Group said;
“It is rumored that illicit distilling took place at the Littlemill distillery from 1750 and even for centuries before, possibly making it the world’s oldest whisky distillery.
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 2015 Private Cellar Edition was the first expression created from these rescued casks and was available on the The Whisky Exchange website at the time of this post. This second edition is made from spirits coming from eight different casks distilled between the dates of 11th till 19th May 1990. The final blend was finished in fresh Bourbon Cask for further 12 months before being bottled at 51.3% ABV.
The product comes in a nice presentation box which includes a specially designed and individually numbered decanter holding the whisky, a miniature bottle version of the whisky so that you can taste/enjoy the spirit and still keep the unopened box for your collection along with a piece of wood from the original maturation cask.
Limited to just 500 bottles, Littlemill 2017 Private Edition will be available via selected specialist shops with a price tag of £2,250. In addition it will also be available in global markets, including Taiwan, France, Germany and Travel Retail.
Littlemill 2017 Private Cellar Edition Whisky Tasting Notes (from the producer)
Nose: Green herbal notes of peppermint and eucalyptus lead into natural perfumed floral bursts of honeysuckle and lavender. Cedar wood elements give structure.
Palate: Vibrant fruit is prominent with a background soft, subtle sweet character. Mouth-watering crisp green apple, zesty grapefruit and tart juicy pineapple are followed by green tea notes and a delicate clover honey sweetness.
Finish: Warming spice of stem ginger and nutmeg liven the tongue before a long peppermint and sugar syrup finish.