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

70cl, 50.0%
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)

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

70cl, 50.0%
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)

Littlemill 21 Year Old

70cl, 46.0%
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

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

70cl, 46.0%
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)
$92.21

Imperial 21 Year Old 1976 (Signatory Vintage)

70cl, 43.0%
Imperial

This whisky is from the moth-balled distillery of Imperial. Although the distillery is currently silent, independent bottlers such as Signatory have bottled previous stock for your delectation.  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1976 (Signatory Vintage)

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 54.6%
Rosebank

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…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 (2011 Release)

70cl, 53.8%
Rosebank

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

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 (2011 Release)
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Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50248 & 50249) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%
Imperial

Independent bottled single malt from the closed Imperial distillery, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled in September 1995 (a few years before Imperial closed its door for the last time) and…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50248 & 50249) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50254 & 50256) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.8%
Imperial

An Imperial single malt Scotch whisky from Signatory's impressive Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in 1995 and aged in two hogsheads for 20 years. 495 bottles were produced.  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50254 & 50256) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50242 & 50243) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%
Imperial

An independent Imperial here, bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in September 1995 and aged for 20 years until February 2016, when it was bottled at 46% ABV…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50242 & 50243) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.0%
Imperial

Single malt Scotch whisky from a distillery that was closed for 60% of its century or so long history. (Imperial is now one of the many sadly closed distilleries of Scotland.) Filled back on 21st…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$88.24

Brora 20 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

70cl, 58.1%
Brora

An incredibly rare, cask strength Brora (a closed Highland distillery) from Diageo's legendary Rare Malts range. This was distilled in 1982 and aged for 20 years. Stunning stuff!  More info

Brora 20 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts
$332.98

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50224 + 50225) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.2%
Imperial

Part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection, this 20 year old single malt from the closed and now demolished Imperial distillery comes from two consecutive hogsheads. Distilled on 18th September…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50224 + 50225) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 48.0%
Imperial

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor range. This is a 1995 vintage, meaning it was distilled a few years before the…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$221.32

Pittyvaich 20 Year Old 1989

70cl, 57.5%
Pittyvaich

Part of Diageo's 2009 Special Releases. This 20 year old comes at cask strength, and is part of a limited release of 6,000 bottles.  More info

Pittyvaich 20 Year Old 1989
$179.23

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.9%
Port Ellen

This is a classic Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the infamous, though sadly closed, Port Ellen distillery on Islay. Matured for 20 years after being distilled in 1978, it was…  More info

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts
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$1083.29

Rosebank 20 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

70cl, 62.3%
Rosebank

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

Rosebank 20 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 11) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 54.5%
Littlemill

Distilled two years before Littlemill was closed for the final time, this is an exciting single cask release from Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 11) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
1
$97.24

North Port 20 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.2%
North Port

A 20 year old bottling, distilled in 1979 before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info

North Port 20 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 12/808) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.7%
Caperdonich

A cracking cask-strength offering from closed Speyside distillery Caperdonich.  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 12/808) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$67.96

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 10) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 54.9%
Littlemill

A delightful 20 year old Littlemill from Berry Brothers & Rudd. 1992 vintage Lowland whisky.  More info

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 10) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$97.24

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 9) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 54.6%
Littlemill

This was distilled at the Littlemill distillery in 1992 before a single cask maturation. It was aged in cask number 9 for 20 years before bottling at natural cask strength in 2012. A delicious whisky…  More info

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 9) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$81.70

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 Cask 46244 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.7%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery on the 3rd April 1992 before a 20 year maturation in a single cask (hogshead 46244). It was bottled for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection in 2012.…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 Cask 46244  - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery in October 1992 before a 20 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range in January 2013.  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.7%
Caperdonich

This is a superb single cask Caperdonich from Duncan Taylor's impressive Rarest of the Rare range. It was distilled in April 1992 before a 20 year maturation in cask 46215. It was bottled at natural…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 - Rarest of the Rare  (Duncan Taylor)

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