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country Scotland
region Lowlands
Geographical location 55 ° 55 '54 "  N , 4 ° 29' 41.2"  W Coordinates: 55 ° 55 '54 "  N , 4 ° 29' 41.2"  W.
Type Paint
status Shut down in 1992; Burned down September 4, 2004
owner Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse
Founded 1772
Water source Auchentorlie Burn
Washstill (s) 1 × 25,000 l
Spiritstill (s) 1 × 18,000 l

Littlemill Distillery was a distillery for whiskey in Bowling , West Dunbartonshire Scotland . Individual preserved buildings of the distillery are sorted into category B in the Scottish monument lists.


The distillery was built on the site of an old 14th century brewery between Glasgow and Dumbarton . Littlemill itself was founded in 1772, making it the oldest distillery in Scotland. The first deeds of ownership date from 1817. The distillery was built by Hector Henderson, who founded Caol Ila in 1846 . An all-round renovation took place in 1875 under William Hay. After that there were countless changes of ownership. In 1988, Littlemill ended up with Gibson International , which closed the distillery in 1992. When these went bankrupt in 1994, the distillery came together with Glen Scotia to Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse , but production was not resumed. In 1996 the plant was partially dismantled. The license is held by the Littlemill Distillery Co. On September 4, 2004, large parts of the distillery were irretrievably destroyed by a fire. The remains collapsed in May 2006.


The water for the distillery, which belongs to the Lowlands region, came from the Auchentorlie Burn in the Kilpatrick Hills, which are already part of the Highlands . The system consisted of a five-tonne mash tun , a fermentation tub and a wash still of 25,000 liters each. The spirit still held 18,000 liters. Both stills were steam fired. The annual production was 800,000 liters. It was triple distilled between 1875 and 1930 .


In addition to Littlemill , Dunglass and the peaty dumbuck were also made here for a time. These bottlings are very sought-after collectibles.

Littlemill 8 Years 40% (Long Bottle)

  • Color: amber yellow.
  • Scent: A pleasantly fresh nose of citrus fruits (orange) and grass.
  • Taste: A taste of citrus fruits corresponding to the olfactory announcement, some grass with a pleasantly light sweetness - a touch malty, a touch nutty.
  • Finish: longer and still with citrus reminiscences.

Individual evidence

  1. Listed Building - Entry . In: Historic Scotland .

See also