A Quick Dram: Littlemill 12 Year Old

Although no longer standing Littlemill is one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries. Its official date of opening is 1772 when accommodation for excise men was built on the site but there was a brewery there possibly dating all the way back to the 14th Century. The distillery was bought by the Loch Lomond distillery company and dismantled in 1996. Any hope of it boiling up the stills again went up in smoke (I’m so sorry for that pun) when a fire destroyed most of what was left of the buildings in 2004. Never to open again I was a quite saddened to hear that Littlemill would not be released as an official bottling anymore. I’m trying the 12 year old. It’s interesting and I must say that I love the story behind it so for it not to be available really makes little sense to me. The more obscure whisky out there the better I say! Now to the tasting!


Littlemill 12 year old

Lowland Single malt

40% ABV

£28.95 available here

Nose:  Sweet cereals scream out of it laced with vanilla. It reminds me of being a kid and playing in hay lofts. There is a certain brininess that is so unsual for a lowland whisky.  A symphony of sweets all hitting you at once.

Palate: Very, very dry! Like chewing on a piece of sweet bread too long.All those cereals are there again and I wouldn’t say Sugar puffs but certainly a sweet breakfast treat there (although cereal is a meal to be enjoyed at any time). For those that remember them- Milk bottle sweets.

Finish: It’s there for a moment and then vanishes. A vanilla tease that comes to nothing of huge significance.

Overall quite a nice little dram. Not earth shattering but….nice. Not every whisky  blows you into Narnia. That’s maybe the point though. It’s simple and enjoyable. During my research it seemed as though there were still enough stocks for it to be released for a while longer. I’ve not had a chance to look around the warehouse though so I can’t be 100% sure. It’s a real shame it will soon be a lot more difficult to get a hold of.



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