Littlemill distillery launches rare 45-year-old whiskey

Scotland’s Littlemill Distillery recently teamed up with famed photographer Stefan Sappert to release a rarefied single malt, a 45-year-old whiskey that commemorates the distillery’s 250th anniversary.

Founded in 1772 in Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, the distillery was destroyed by fire in 2004. Since then, Loch Lomond Group master blender Michael Henry has been custodian of the last remaining casks, drawing from limited supplies for the 250th anniversary of Littlemill. Exit.

“Littlemill was lost before his contribution to whiskey was fully recognized and applauded,” said Henry. “However, we are fortunate to have the few remaining casks in our care, just a stone’s throw from where the original distillery once stood, and it felt right to mark this milestone with a very limited release. special.”

Scotland’s Littlemill Distillery recently teamed up with famed photographer Stefan Sappert to release a rarefied single malt, a 45-year-old whiskey that commemorates the distillery’s 250th anniversary. (image via Littlemill)

Released last month, this Littlemill expression is its oldest age statement to date with 250 individually numbered bottles available worldwide, each priced at £9,500.

To mark this historic milestone, Littlemill has collaborated with Sappert to honor two significant moments in the brand’s timeline, the creation of Littlemill and its innovators who shaped whiskey production, and the development of photography, both of which occurred in the late 1700s.

A statement from the whiskey maker explained that Stefan’s traditional photographic technique, silver on black glass, combined with state-of-the-art production creates dramatic and atmospheric images. His portfolio includes international stars Alice Cooper, Joss Stone, Sting, Rod Stewart and David Duchovny.

In this collaboration, Stefan worked with Master Blender Henry to create a special collectible for the 250th anniversary release of Littlemill, which also gives enthusiasts a chance to own a piece of the lost distillery’s heritage.

The whiskey itself was extracted from a single distillation on October 4, 1976. It was re-bottled in 1996 in American oak casks, before maturing in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks for six months before bottling. bottle.

“Double distilled in Littlemill’s bespoke straight neck stills, designed to impart triple distillation style character, this is a lowland single malt whiskey of exceptional character,” noted Henry. “As per our records of how Littlemill was treated, I gave the liquid a six month final finish in first fill Oloroso sherry hogsheads. You can taste the story in every precious drop, from the elderflower, chamomile and lemon zest, to the silky crème caramel and tart green apple, to the spicy ginger and cinnamon finish. .

As a tribute to Stefan and his photographic process, the Littlemill 250th bottle cabinet is inspired by a Victorian bellows camera box with a traditional lens, designed by Morans Wood Components and Scottish crystal studio Glencairn.

Inside, each hand-blown crystal decanter, also by Glencairn, is inspired by a camera aperture and topped with a hand-turned, gold-plated collar and stopper. .

As part of the collaboration, Stefan made 250 photographic plates in silver on black glass. Perched in a drawer under the carafe, the plates feature an image of the River Clyde near the gates of Littlemill. Each individually numbered plaque is exclusive to its new owner, bearing Stefan’s signature and fingerprints on the reverse.

“The art of whiskey making is fascinating. Like wet plate photography, it captures a moment that requires equal patience, dedication, passion, and most importantly, time,” Stefan said. “My work uses one of the oldest photographic processes which is directly linked to the 1770s when the basis for creating permanent photographs was discovered and where Littlemill was founded. I work with an old wooden camera and a historic lens that is over 160 years old.The result is not just a digital image, but a true work of art.

Unchill-filtered and bottled at its natural color and natural strength of 41.8% ABV, Littlemill’s 250th Anniversary version is available for purchase via an inquiry on Littlemill’s website at www.littlemilldistillery.comand through specialist dealers.

Littlemill 250th Anniversary Release Tasting Notes:

  • Nose: Floral elderflower and chamomile with grapefruit and lemon zest, deeper sweet notes of butterscotch, almond and vanilla.
  • Palace: A silky mouthfeel floats on the tongue, crème caramel and vanilla syrup with tart green fruits of apple, pear and lime, sweet cinnamon and nutmeg spice.
  • Finish: Long with mouth-watering green fruit, some dry oak tannin and then spicy ginger and cinnamon.

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