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Littlemill Testament 1976


31st March 2021
Introducing Littlemill Testament 1976 the oldest whisky to be released from the lost distillery to date.

Littlemill Testament

The Loch Lomond Group, owners of the now lost Littlemill distillery, has announced the release of 'Littlemill Testament' which was distilled back in 1976, 18 years before the distillery fell silent, making it the oldest expression to date to be released from the lowland distillery.

The Littlemill Testament was distilled on the 4th October 1976, it was re-casked 20 years later in 1996 into American oak Hogsheads, before the Loch Lomond Groups current Master Blender, Michael Henry, re-casked three of these casks in two first-fill Oloroso sherry hogsheads for four-month maturation then the whisky was all brought together to marry for another two months before being bottled in 2020.

Michael Henry, Master Blender commented: "It is an honour to have been able to play my part, as current custodian of the remaining casks from the original Littlemill Distillery, and release Littlemill Testament, which pays homage to this whiskyís unrivalled history. Iím very proud of the result, which perfectly capture Littlemillís signature style.

"On the nose there is crisp green apple and zesty grapefruit with notes of fragrant elderflower and ginger. Then, when you taste it delivers a vibrant fruity flavour, with hints of tangy pineapple and juicy peach overlaid with a lime citrus which is complemented by a melted brown sugar sweetness and creamy vanilla, giving way to a deliciously long finish with mouth-watering fruit, gooseberry and watermelon, and a gently warming cinnamon and nutmeg spice."

Bottled at 42.5% ABV the Littlemill Testament release celebrates Littlemillís legacy as Scotlandís oldest licensed distillery and is presented in a luxury hand blown Glencairn crystal decanter which skilfully incorporates treasured remnants of the original distillery managerís house giving collectors the opportunity to own a true piece of Scotch Whisky history. These pieces, which date back to 1772, include reclaimed glass, slate, wood and stone sourced from the roof, windows, walls and floors of the building, allowing Littlemill collectors to possess their very own piece of history.

For collectors who wish to leave the decanter untouched, each of the 250 decanters available comes with a unique code allowing the owner to claim a 5cl of the precious liquid. An additional 5cl can be claimed at a future date, using the same code, protecting the investment by allowing a second owner to claim their 5cl to enjoy.

If you want to get hold of one of the 250 decanters of the Littlemill Testament it will set you back £8000 and you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers  such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Littlemill Testament Review


Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Crisp green apple and zesty grapefruit with fragrant elderflower and ginger.

Taste: Fresh, vibrant fruit, tangy pineapple and juicy peach with lime citrus. There is a melted brown sugar sweetness, some dried peel and creamy vanilla .

Finish: Long with mouth watering fruit, gooseberry and water melon, then gently warming cinnamon and nutmeg spice.
 

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