Whiskyexchange have a modern looking Littlemill 12 year old for sale, if its closed how can they still be bringing out what look like brand new bottles if supposedly the distillery is no longer.
This brings me to my next point which distilleried are indeed mothballed, demolished or closed?
you can still get distillery own bottle that have been bottled very recently despite the fact that the distilleries that closed 20-30 years ago.
not sure how current it is as if i mind right the last time i looked at it it said tullibardine was silent, but thats open again and has been for a couple of years.
also, there was a fire at a large warehouse a couple of years back that destroyed a lot of littlemill stock.
long term the price of littlemill will go up, but for the short to mid term, just depends on how much they really do have of it lying around in warehouses and how demand fairs.
I take the point about Springbank owning the Hazelburn Trademark and using it to brand one of their own whiskies. However I'm not convinced that the Hazelburn produced by the hazelburn distillery in the early part of the 20th Century would have been triple distilled and unpeated. Is this what you meant by "Hazelburn Style".
Did Springbank try to match the style or just use a convenient tradename that resonates with the Campeltown distilling history?
I realise that this is a bit of thread. Sorry.
(I know that Auchentoshan also triple-distillation and Bladnoch not, but IÄm not sure what the others do).
If you Google you will find a few references to this, but here is one from Malt Maniacs which says it all:
(You will find Hazelburn in Entry 167 towards the bottom of the page (Approx 3/4 down).
This is what I meant in my reference to "Hazelburn style".
My understanding was that the original Hazelburn Distillery was in Campbeltown and was in operation between 1825 and 1925. Whilst I realize that this is below the old Highland line and so was technically in the lowlands (for tax purposes), I’d always thought of Campbeltown as a unique regional appellation (distinct from the lowlands). When Barnard visited in 1886 it was the largest producer of spirit in the burgh. In his extensive description of the operation of Hazelburn, Barnard does indicate that the each of the three malt kilns was fired exclusively with peat. However his description of the still house does suggest some form of triple distillation (or at least more than 2 times), as it contains a “wash still”, a “low-wines still” and a “feints still”.
My point was, that (because all the stocks are gone, and tasting notes non-existent) it’s impossible to say that the Hazelburn of today is in the style of the Hazelburn made by the Hazelburn distillery. Indeed whilst they might both have been tripled distilled (all three stills were direct coal fired in the old distillery), Barnard”s description of the malting process inidcates that they would have been vastly different in style. I accept that Springbank were looking to create a product that would compliment their other output (and so went for a “lowland style”) I just question that this would be anything like the original Hazelburn.
Anyway, as a still “new member” I’m here to learn from you guys.
r900p wrote:This brings me to my next point which distilleried are indeed mothballed, demolished or closed?
Here's a list that is quite updated:
It's in swedish but easy to understand though. It's divided into active and inactive at regional level.
Mothballed = Malpåse
Demolished = Rivet
Closed = Stängt
Littlemill´s whisky and the distillery itself was owned by Loch Lomond Distillery or Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouses after it closed in 1994.
The Littlemill 12 years is from stock stored at the Loch Lomond distillery site. There seems to be a sea of Littlemill in the warehouses. Some of it might be in stainless steel to prevent further aging but I think the can supply any vintage or age up to the day of closing down Littlemill.
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