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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 1992 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 55.40%
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)
$321.47

Dallas Dhu 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.90%
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
$464.51

Brora 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.90%
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
$884.84

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 55.30%
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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$361.49

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
$156.50

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

70cl, 51.50%
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)
$131.67

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

70cl, 53.60%
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)
$113.48

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

70cl, 53.80%
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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$535.72

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

70cl, 54.50%
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
$246.82

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

70cl, 52.30%
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)
$393.80

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

70cl, 55.20%
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)
$157.93

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

70cl, 52.40%
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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Banff 21 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57.10%
Banff

A cask strength 21 year old bottling from Diageo's Rare Malts range, this 1982 vintage proffers a last chance to own a bottle from the Banff distillery, closed for over 15 years. Please note that…  More info

Banff 21 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

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)
$95.69

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)
$111.04

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

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)
$102.60

Imperial 21 Year Old 1976 (Signatory Vintage)

70cl, 43%
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)
$89.72

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 54.60%
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, 53.80%
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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Brora 20 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

70cl, 58.10%
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
$370.50

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

70cl, 57.20%
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)
$98.48

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

70cl, 48%
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
$246.26

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.90%
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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$1205.37

Rosebank 20 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

70cl, 62.30%
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

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