Like most of the historic Lowland distilleries, Littlemill is now little more than a name and a few casks of precious whisky. These casks are being slowly released as they reach their full potential, and it is now the turn of several from 4 October 1976, which have been combined to create Littlemill Testament: the oldest release to date.
Littlemill Testament has been created by master blender Michael Henry. The whisky was distilled on 4 October 1976, and in 1996 was re-casked into American oak hogsheads. Henry then vatted three of these into two first-fill oloroso sherry hogsheads for four months before marrying all the liquid together for a final two months prior to bottling in 2020.
250 bottles of this Testament release were created, each one housed in a hand-blown decanter and accompanied by a dress stopper made from natural sandstone, rescued from the remains of Littlemill distillery.
Crisp green apple and zesty grapefruit with fragrant elderflower and ginger.
Fresh, vibrant fruit, tangy pineapple and juicy peach with lime citrus. There is a melted brown sugar sweetness, some dried peel and creamy vanilla.
Long with mouth-watering fruit, gooseberry and water melon, then gently warming cinnamon and nutmeg spice.
The exact origins of Littlemill are lost in the mists of time - some claim distilling had been taking place there since the 14th century - but its distilling licence proper was issued in the 1820s.
Littlemill changed hands many times in its long life and between 1825-39 was the property of one Jane McGregor, one of the earliest female distillers.
Like many Lowland single malts, Littlemill was triple distilled and loved for its light and floral style. As well as this, the distillery also made malts called Dumbuck (which was heavily peated) and Dunglas (lightly peated) as experiments in the 1960s.
Sadly, the distillery fell on hard times during the 1980s and was silent for a time. Re-opening after a management buy-out in 1988, it fell silent in 1994. The warehouses were demolished in 1995 and in 2004 a fire destroyed most of the rest of the distillery. The remaining buildings were levelled in 2006.