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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...

Linlithgow 26 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 61.2%
St. Magdalene

Linlithgow is distilled at the St Magdalene distillery in the Lowlands. This was distilled on the 5th October 1982 and matured for 26 years in wine treated butt number 2200 before bottling on the 3rd…  More info

Linlithgow 26 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 (cask 2206) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 57.3%
St. Magdalene

This was distilled at the St Magdalene distillery on the 5th October 1982, and it was aged for 28 years in cask 2206 before bottling for Mackillop's Choice in April of 2011. Each bottle is…  More info

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 (cask 2206) - Mackillop's Choice

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 Cask 2202 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 63.1%
St. Magdalene

Distilled on the 5th October 1982 at St Magdalene in the Lowlands, this was aged for 28 years in wine treated butt number 2202, before bottling by Signatory on the 15th June 2011. A release of 351…  More info

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 Cask 2202 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Linlithgow 30 Year Old 1973

70cl, 59.6%
St. Magdalene

A cask strength bottling of 30 year old whisky, bottled as Linlithgow, but distilled in 1973 at the St Magdalene distillery, a superb, well-aged Lowland single malt.  More info

Linlithgow 30 Year Old 1973

Littlemill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.4%
Littlemill

Pretty much all of us will end up collecting something at one point in our lives. Whether it's football stickers, VHS tapes or plates with pictures of dogs on them, these collections always take up a…  More info

Littlemill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Littlemill 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Littlemill

An official bottling from the now silent distillery, Littlemill. This 12 year old has a very unusual flavour. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info…  More info

Littlemill 12 Year Old
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Littlemill 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 53.5%
Littlemill

This Littlemill was distilled in 1990, and aged in bourbon barrels before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2008. A release of 1,215 bottles from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold Series.  More info

Littlemill 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Littlemill 1991 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.5%
Littlemill

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly departed Littlemill distillery, which was mothballed back in 1992 - this whisky was distilled a year prior to this sad occasion. It was…  More info

Littlemill 1991 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Littlemill 1991 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/02) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

A rare bottling of Littlemill single malt! This was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old range. Littlemill is no more, with the production halting in 1992 and…  More info

Littlemill 1991 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/02) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$250.83

Littlemill 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Littlemill

Distilled at Littlemill in 1991 and bottled in 2007 by Gordon and MacPhail, a single malt from a now closed distillery.  More info

Littlemill 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

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)
$94.33

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)
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$94.33

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)
$79.25

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 - 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)
$98.93

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)
$89.45

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)

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)

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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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 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)
$280.25

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
$474.29

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)
$104.29

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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$97.36

Littlemill 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10882) - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.8%
Littlemill

22 year old single malt Scotch whisky from a closed distillery? Oh go on then! This Hunter Laing Old & Rare bottling features whisky from the Littlemill distillery, which was closed in the 1990s.…  More info

Littlemill 22 Year Old 1992 (cask 10882) - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

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