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The Lost Distilleries

The lost distilleries of Scotland are almost always the most popular and highly sought after amongst whisky collectors and the cognoscenti. Their whisky has become legendary, and not just for its flavour, but for the fact it is incredibly rare and hard to find, though it was once very different...

Scotland was once home to hundreds of distilleries, and in the peak of the 19th century, there were over two hundred of them in operation! This number quickly started to dwindle, as distilleries started closing for various economic reasons.

US Prohibition killed off a number of distilleries whose main income came from export to America, and shortly after the UK was stricken by the economic depression of the 1920s and 1930s. After the Second World War around 70 distilleries closed down for good, though as the UK slowly started to build itself back up again the popularity and growth of whisky continued to increase up until the 1980s, when economic difficulties forced the industry to make cut backs. At that time, blended Scotch was the most popular style of whisky, whilst single malts only really become popular comparatively recently. The result of this was that when cut backs were made, it was done with blended whisky in mind. Smaller distilleries closed, as did those whose whisky didn’t make much of an impact when used as a blending component.

The whisky industry is back on the rise now, and increased interest in single malts has even brought about the reopening of several distilleries. With this in mind, the lost distilleries of the 20th century will always have a special place in our hearts, distilleries like Rosebank, St Magdalene, the intensely smoky Brora , Dallas Dhu , and the epic Port Ellen, amongst many, many others...

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A superb triple-distilled single malt from the now silent Rosebank distillery, bottled as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info
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This was distilled at the sadly defunct Rosebank distillery in February 1990 and aged for 18 years in refill butt number 4655 before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in September 2008. A release...  More info
The Rosebank distillery is a lost treasure from the Lowlands, her candle faded out in 1993. Since then, her malts have become legendary. This is a Rare Malts bottling, and it's a 75cl bottling. These...  More info
This 19 year old Rosebank was bottled under Douglas Laing's cracking Old Malt Cask range. Each whisky is bottled at their preferred bottling strength of 50%, usually from single casks. This was...  More info
The vatting of four bourbon barrels of Rosebank. This was distilled in 1991 and bottled at 16 years - possibly the peak age for Rosebank - by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
Distilled at the now defunct Rosebank in 1991 and aged for 17 years in sherry and bourbon casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail in 2008.  More info
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A very rare bottling from the now silent Rosebank distillery, a cask strength release, aged for 20 years. Bottled as part of the Rare Malts range.  More info
A sublime 21 year old Rosebank, bottled for Diageo's Special Releases. There are just 5,604 numbered bottles worldwide, and we expect them to sell out very fast. This was aged in refill American oak...  More info
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This was distilled at Rosebank in 1990. It was aged for 21 years in a bourbon barrel before bottling by Murray McDavid in 2011 at the Bruichladdich distillery. A release of 270 bottles at natural cask...  More info
A Diageo Special Release of Rosebank single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992, a year before the Lowlands distillery closed. Matured in refill American oak casks and bottled for the 2014 Special...  More info
Douglas Laing's Directors' Cut range contains selected old and rare whiskies, and this is no certainly no exception. Rosebank distillery in the Lowlands of Scotland was mothballed in 1993 and never...  More info
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From the closed distillery that triple-distilled their whisky, Rosebank, comes this 21 year old single malt. Distilled in February 1992, a year before the distillery closed, it matured in a single...  More info
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Distilled in 1981 at the now silent Rosebank distillery and matured for 22 years before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info
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The Rosebank distillery has been silent for decades now, but somehow their whisky still gets into the hands of fans. As Jeff Goldblum says in the classic film Jurassic Peat, "Whisky finds a way". This...  More info
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A 22 year old single cask from Mackillop's distilled at the celebrated Rosebank distillery. Rosebank is of course a closed distillery in the lowlands whose whisky was triple distilled. Founded in 1798...  More info
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An ultra rare 8 year old from the closed Rosebank distillery. Whisky from Rosebank has become legendary for its incredible Lowland character. This was bottled for The Distillers Agency.  More info
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Rare as hen's teeth, and a darn sight tastier. This 1975 St Magdalene was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail.  More info
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Distilled at the now silent St Magdalene distillery in 1975 and aged for thirty years in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in 2005 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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Distilled at St Magdalene in the Lowlands in September 1982, and aged for 26 years in refill butt number 4712 before bottling by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range in October 2008. A release of...  More info
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