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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...

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (casks 50138+50139) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

The whisky for this Signatory Un-Chillfiltered release was distilled in 1995 during the short period of time when the Imperial distillery was open in the 1990s. 759 bottles were produced.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (casks 50138+50139) - Un-Chillfiltered  (Signatory)
$47.51

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 55.10%
Imperial

A Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Imperial Distillery, which was mothballed in 1998 and has yet to reopen its doors. This whisky was distilled in…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
$116.31

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.10%
Imperial

Duncan Taylor have bottled this single malt whisky from the Imperial Distillery for their Dimensions range of cask strength whiskies.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$109.33

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Imperial

A 17 year old Imperial distilled in May of 1995 and aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in May of 2012. This is a single cask release from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range, and there are…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$75.59

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.50%
Imperial

A very tasty, 17 year old Imperial, distilled in 1995 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave range. This was finished in smaller "octave" casks, and the result is additional spice and complexity.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$86.97

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

This is an Un-Chillfiltered Imperial from Signatory, distilled in October 1995 and aged for 17 years in a pair of hogsheads. It was bottled in 2012...  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$41.45

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 Cask 9270 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Imperial

This is a very fine, malty Imperial from the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in October 1995 before a 17 year maturation in a single cask (a refill hogshead). It was then bottled in November…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 Cask 9270 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$86.53

Imperial 18 Year Old - Chieftain's Ian Macleod)

70cl, 43%
Imperial

An 18 year old from the now silent Imperial Distillery. Part of the highly regarded Chieftain's Choice series from Ian MacLeod.  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old - Chieftain's Ian Macleod)

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50137) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.50%
Imperial

An independent bottling of Imperial single malt Scotch whisky. The distillery may be demolished, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the malts they produced while they were open! This one was…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50137) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$76.38

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50288 + 50289) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

An un-chillfiltered Imperial single malt, bottled by the lovely folks at Signatory. Taken from two hogshead casks filled in September 1995 and emptied in April 2014. 742 bottles of whisky from this…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50288 + 50289) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$45.94

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (casks 50286+50287) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

Have you been sorely missing the Imperial distillery since it closed? Well, lucky for you, independent bottlers still manage to get their hands on their whisky and release it for all to enjoy! This…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (casks 50286+50287) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$52.02

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 56.10%
Imperial

From the Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries range, which of course focuses on whiskies from distilleries which have sadly shut their doors, comes an 18 year old single malt from the Imperial…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
1
$121.66

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50280+50281) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

Un-chillfiltered single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed distillery Imperial. The two casks used for this release were filled in September 1995 and bottled by Signatory in October 2013,…  More info

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50280+50281) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$45.22

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50284+50285) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

A Signatory release of 18 year old Imperial single malt whisky, drawn from two consecutive casks and bottled with no chillfiltering. Considering that the Imperial distillery has been closed since…  More info

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50284+50285) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$49.76

Imperial 19 Year Old 1990 (cask 11966) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A bottling of a 19-year-old Imperial single cask malt by Lorne Mackillop, who is descended from one of the survivors of the massacre of the Mackillop Clan at the hands of the english redcoats in 1745.  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1990 (cask 11966) - Mackillop's Choice

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 50164) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.60%
Imperial

Did this independently bottled Imperial single malt Scotch whisky catch your eye? We don't blame you - it's a 19 year old single cask release from a closed distillery, bottled by Signatory for their…  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 50164) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
1
$88.01

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 50217, 50218 & 50219) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.50%
Imperial

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery (the site of which is now home to the Dalmunach distillery). This was drawn from three hogshead…  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 50217, 50218 & 50219) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$82.32

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams

70cl, 49.10%
Imperial

Though the Imperial distillery may have closed a while ago, we can still sample their whiskies through independent bottlings just like this one here! This is a Nectar of the Daily Drams bottling of…  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams
$104.53

Imperial 19 Years Old 1995 (casks 50165+50166) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.20%
Imperial

A fantastic chance to get your hands on some single malt whisky from a closed distillery - this is a Cask Strength Collection bottling of Imperial single malt, distilled in August 1995 and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 19 Years Old 1995 (casks 50165+50166) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
1
$82.32

Imperial 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Imperial

Distilled in 1991 at Speyside's Imperial distillery. Bottled in 2006 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Imperial 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail
$46.26

Imperial 1994 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A vintage whisky from Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Label range, this 2012 release was distilled in 1994 at Imperial, a now closed distillery, which in fact spent more of the last century closed…  More info

Imperial 1994 (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$50.23

Imperial 1995 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Imperial

Independently bottled Imperial single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1995 and left to mature in refill Sherry casks. It was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Distillery labels series, which…  More info

Imperial 1995 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$63.70

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

70cl, 51%
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)
$87.75

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
$220.08

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)
$88.01

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