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Dumbuck Profile

Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Alongside the lightly peated Dunglass, Dumbuck was a short-lived, experimental, heavily peated single malt produced at the now defunct Littlemill distillery in the Lowlands in the late 1960s. Primarily, if not exclusively, reserved for blends, it was never officially bottled.

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  • Region
    Lowland
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Produced at
    Littlemill
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Dumbuck History

Dumbuck, like its lightly peated sibling Dunglass, owes its existence to the innovative streak of Duncan Thomas, who owned Lowlands distillery Littlemill with Chicago-based Barton Brands during the 1960s.

Littlemill’s history was long and chequered: it was converted from a brewery in 1772 and suffered a difficult early history under multiple owners.

American part-ownership brought a cash injection but, despite Thomas’ experimental spirit, he was bought out by Barton Brands shortly after producing Dumbuck and Dunglass.

Littlemill limped on until 1992, when production ceased. The distillery officially closed four years later, and the remaining buildings were mostly destroyed by fire in 2004.

Timeline

  • 1772 Littlemill is believed to have started production in a former brewery
  • 1875 The Lowlands distillery is largely rebuilt
  • 1931 American innovator Duncan Thomas buys Littlemill
  • 1959 Chicago-based Barton Brands buys a stake in the business
  • Late 1960s Peated variants Dunglass and Dumbuck are briefly produced at Littlemill
  • 1971 Barton Brands buys out Thomas’ stake, and production of Dunglass and Dubuck are believed to have ceased shortly after
  • 1984 Distillery mothballed; production restarts five years later
  • 1996 Littlemill closes permanently and is eventually redeveloped

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Contact

Address
Littlemill Distillery
Bowling
Dunbartonshire
G60 5BG
United Kingdom
Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public

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    Craiglodge

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    Croftengea

    Heavily peated single malt Scotch produced at the multifaceted Loch Lomond distillery in Alexandria.

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