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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...

Littlemill 22 Year Old 1989 (cask 3120) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 55.7%
Littlemill

An independently bottled Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, to let you remember the good old days before the distillery was closed and demolished. This whisky was distilled in March 1989 and left…  More info

Littlemill 22 Year Old 1989 (cask 3120) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$104.97

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.1%
Rosebank

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

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts
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Littlemill 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 16) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

Though the Littlemill distillery has sadly been demolished, their legend endures in the remaining whisky they produced, like this single cask release from Berry Bros. & Rudd, distilled in 1990.  More info

Littlemill 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 16) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
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$97.99

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.5%
Port Ellen

A cask strength, very rare Port Ellen. This was distilled in 1978 and matured for 22 years before bottling as part of the Rare Malts range.  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts (No Box)

70cl, 61.1%
Rosebank

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".…  More info

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts (No Box)
$529.33

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50246 & 50247) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.6%
Imperial

21 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in September 1995 and cracked open in October 2016. It was…  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50246 & 50247) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$86.15

Littlemill 21 Year Old 2nd Release

70cl, 47%
Littlemill

The second release of 21 year old single malt from Littlemill, a Lowland distillery with a long history. It was founded all the way back in 1772, but it was sadly closed in the early 1990s and…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 2nd Release
$477.35

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1992 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 55.4%
Littlemill

An independently bottled Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992, before the distillery closed its doors. It was bottled in 2013 by Part Des Anges for their Closed Distilleries range.  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1992 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
$282.06

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46222) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.9%
Caperdonich

A very handsome Duncan Taylor Single bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery. This was distilled in April 1992 and bottled in January 2014 at 54.9% ABV. 105…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46222) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 10769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.7%
Caperdonich

A rare bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, matured in a single refill hogshead for 21 years. This was distilled in July 1994, a while before the distillery…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 10769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 59.4%
Coleburn

A cask strength edition, 1979 vintage, part of Diageo's Rare Malts range, this 21 year old proffers a rare chance to sample a single malt from the now closed Coleburn distillery.  More info

Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 52.4%
Littlemill

Distilled the year before production at this Lowland distillery ceased forever, this Littlemill single cask is one of the finite remaining gifts one of Scotland's oldest distilleries has left us. And…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46220) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.5%
Caperdonich

A deluxe bottling of single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Caperdonich, which was sadly mothballed in 2002. Bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Single range, this 21 year old whisky comes in a…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46220) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 55.3%
Rosebank

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

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (2014 Special Release)
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$317.18

Dallas Dhu 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.9%
Dallas Dhu

This is a 21 year old Dallas Dhu single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Rare Malts collection. A 1975 vintage whisky from a long closed distillery - as you can imagine, it's not every day…  More info

Dallas Dhu 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
$407.57

Brora 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.9%
Brora

While Brora remains closed (wishing on a shooting star for it to reopen hasn't worked... Yet), you can still find bottles of their single malt floating around in the world, like this Rare Malts…  More info

Brora 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts
$776.37

Littlemill 21 Year Old - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 53.6%
Littlemill

A lovely 21 year old Littlemill single malt, bottled by Lady of the Glen. While the distillery may no longer be with us (it was dismantled 1997 and burned down in 2004), independent bottlings like…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$99.57

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10282) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Caperdonich

A single cask bottling of 21 year old single malt from the Caperdonich distillery, which sadly shut its door in 2002. It has been released as part of the Douglas Laing Old Particular series.…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10282) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Littlemill

This was distilled at the Littlemill distillery in November 1991, before a 21 year maturation in a single cask (a refill hogshead). It was bottled in 2013 and comes from the Old Malt Cask range from…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.3%
Rosebank

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

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9822) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Littlemill

From Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range comes a 21 year old Littlemill. Cask 9822 was filled in November in 1991 and bottled in May 2013, producing 315 bottles. Even though the Littlemill…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9822) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10146) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.8%
Rosebank

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

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10146) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
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Littlemill 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 9970) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.2%
Littlemill

This single cask bottling of Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in February 1992, the same year that Littlemill ceased production of their Lowlands expressions. A rare and exciting…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 9970) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1990 (cask 18) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

This is a superb 21 year old single cask whisky from Berry Brothers and Rudd. It was distilled in 1990 before maturation in cask 18...  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1990 (cask 18) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$90.02

Littlemill 21 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

A new release from Littlemill and a superbly packaged one at that, this is a 21 year old single malt which was aged in bourbon casks. It comes at 46%abv too, so we're expecting plenty of character…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old

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