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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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This Glen Albyn was distilled in 1976 and was bottled by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. Glen Albyn was closed in 1983 and demolished three years later, needless to say this is a rare bottling.  More info
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This is a popular distillery with aficionados. At one point it was known as Glen Grant No.2 after its sister distillery. Legend has it that the two were connected by a pipe to transfer whisky between...  More info
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The Caperdonich distillery was sadly mothballed in 2002, though there is still some whisky available for fantastic bottlings such as this one from ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’.

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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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This is Batch 3 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Caperdonich, bottled at 45.7% abv with a cult comic book-style label featuring the legendary pipe that supposedly ran between Caperdonich and its...  More info
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A 32 year old from the Convalmore distillery, distilled in 1975 and matured in a bourbon cask. This single malt is part of a limited release of just 202 bottles and has been bottled at 48%.  More info
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Continuing on the cat-inspired theme present in the Boutique-y Whisky Company's Clynelish (a distillery which neighbours Brora), here we see a far more terrifying-looking label with a truly ferocious...  More info
This is the second batch of the utterly beguiling Port Ellen from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a rich, smouldering, citrusy gem from what is perhaps Scotland's most legendary distillery, and...  More info
A 1968 vintage and a very rare bottling from the Gordon and MacPhail Rare Old whisky range. The Glenlochy distillery closed several times and was finally demolished in 1986.  More info
Distilled at Glen Esk in 1984 and aged for 20 years before bottling in 2004 for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range.  More info
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A rare single malt, distilled in 1975 at the now silent Glen Albyn distillery, a rare smooth, fresh whisky.  More info
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A 1972 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail, matured in refill sherry butts. The Millburn distillery is now closed, so any whisky is decidedly rare.  More info
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This single malt was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2003, a rare edition from the North Port distillery.  More info
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Distilled at Millburn in 1978 and aged for 30 years before bottling in 2008 for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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A Connoisseur's Choice bottling from Gordon and MacPhail, a 1993 vintage from the Pittyvaich distillery.  More info
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Bottled in March 2013 by Mackillop's; this 22 year old Imperial is ready to colonise your collection. Matured in bourbon cask 11972.  More info
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