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Littlemill 29 Year Old Private Cellar Collection

2nd September 2019
Littlemill 29 Year Old is the latest release in the Private Cellar Collection from the closed and never to produce again distillery which sat on the banks of the River Clyde.

Littlemill 29 Year Old Private Cellar Collection

Littlemill 29 Year Old is the third release in the Private Cellar Collection from Scotland's oldest licensed distillery which closed back in 1994 and was sadly destroyed by fire in 2004 and will never produce whisky again, making liquid releases such as this exceptionally rare and no doubt covetable.

This third release in the Private Cellar Collection is said to place particular emphasis on developing the wood character, Master Blender Michael Henry explains how each of the Private Cellar releases have been crafted to deliver different flavour profiles while still retaining the original character of the Littlemill distillery:

"The latest expression in the Private Cellar collection helps to tell another piece of the Littlemill story. Littlemill has always represented the traditional Lowland ‘floral’ style, and over the years the distillation and maturation processes evolved to maintain this flavour profile.

"The first Private Cellar release in 2015 was designed to reflect Littlemill’s original quality and style. The second release in 2017 focussed more on the distillery influence, and by maturing the liquid in refill bourbon casks the distilling process became the main factor in defining the whisky’s character. Littlemill 29 year old, our 2019 release, focuses on the influence of wood.

"The original liquid was laid down in refill bourbon casks in 1990. Seven of these were selected and combined, then finished in first-fill oloroso sherry and Limousin oak casks. The oloroso sherry adds further floral notes, similar to the traditional sherry casks used at the Littlemill distillery, while the Limousin oak provides the European oak influence. The result is unmistakably Littlemill, with delicious caramel sweetness layered with spice."

The Littlemill 29 year old has been bottled at 47.3% ABV and is presented in a bespoke Glencairn crystal decanter etched with an illustration of the River Clyde and a silver star signifying the Littlemill distillery’s location. Situated in Bowling on the banks for the River Clyde, it would prove to be a defining factor in the distillery’s success, opening important trade routes to key cities including Glasgow and Edinburgh when the Forth and Clyde Canal was completed in the 1790s.

Hand-engraved and hand-infilled by Glencairn’s specialist in-house team, each decanter is truly one of a kind and is individually numbered for exclusivity and collectability.

The beautifully crafted presentation box also includes a 5cl miniature of the liquid, a piece of an original Littlemill cask, and a booklet sharing the fascinating history of the Littlemill distillery with tasting notes from Master Blender Michael Henry.

Littlemill is one of those whiskies which was known to be particularly fiery when it was young but when matured in good casks for 20 plus years it developed into an outstanding dram and to date this Littlemill Private Collection series has been a perfect example of that, for example Jim Murray scored the last release, the Littlemill 27 Year Old released in 2017 at 93/100.

The Littlemill 29 Year Old Private Cellar Collection is a limited release of 600 bottles and has a RRP of £2,750 and will soon be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Littlemill 29 Year Old Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Floral notes of honeysuckle and rose mix with layers of spice, cinnamon and nutmeg followed by crème caramel and blossom honey with delicate orange.

Taste: Silk like mouthfeel glides over the tongue. Crisp green apple, ripe pear and kiwi fruit before a caramel sweetness is balanced by lime juice and orange marmalade citrus notes.

Finish: Long with toasted oak and waves of warming spice then thick, creamy vanilla and lingering green fruits.

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