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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 27 Year Old 1985 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

This was distilled at Littlemill in 1985 before a 27 year maturation in a single cask (number 110). It was bottled in 2012 for Vintage Malt Whisky Company's Coopers Choice range.  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1985 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
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Littlemill 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Littlemill

Littlemill has since been closed and demolished and will inevitably become rare in time. This is a great chance to try this classic Littlemill bottling.  More info

Littlemill 8 Year Old
$131.06

Lochside 19 Year Old 1991 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Lochside

A nineteen year old whisky from the (now closed) Lochside distillery. Hailed as many as the smartest investment in whisky - closed distilleries are fast becoming extremely collectable.  More info

Lochside 19 Year Old 1991 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Lochside 1965 47 Year Old (Adelphi)

70cl, 54.60%
Lochside

The Highland distillery of Lochside was founded in 1898 but sadly closed in 1992, then was demolished in 2005. This bottling from Adelphi was distilled in 1965 and is an impressive forty-seven years…  More info

Lochside 1965 47 Year Old (Adelphi)
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$313.61

Lochside 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/07) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Lochside

Though the Lochside distillery is gone (it was closed in 1992 and finally demolished in 2005), you can still get a taste of their whiskies from independent bottlings - just like this one right here!…  More info

Lochside 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/07) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$454.40

Lochside 1981 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Lochside

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling from the now silent Lochside distillery, distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2005.  More info

Lochside 1981 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$143.01

Lochside 1990 14 Year Old - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Lochside

A Douglas Laing bottling of the now closed Lochside distillery. Jim Murray scored this rare single cask release 94 points!  More info

Lochside 1990 14 Year Old - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Lochside 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Lochside

Distilled at the Lochside distillery in Montrose in 1991 and aged for 13 years in refill bourbon barrels before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Lochside 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$53.48

Lochside 44 Year Old 1967 (cask 807) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 41.50%
Lochside

A 44 year old Lochside from this now closed distillery. With most of the output going into blends such as Sandy Macnab's, single malts from Lochside are extremely rare, with the distillery having…  More info

Lochside 44 Year Old 1967 (cask 807) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$378.60

Lochside 46 Year Old 1965 Single Blend (Adelphi)

70cl, 52.30%
Lochside

This was distilled at the Lochside distillery in 1965. It was then filled into cask 6778 where it rested for the next 46 years before bottling by Adelphi in 2011. It was bottled at natural cask…  More info

Lochside 46 Year Old 1965 Single Blend (Adelphi)

Lochside 47 Year Old 1965 Single Blend (Adelphi)

70cl, 54.60%
Lochside

Founded in 1957, the now closed Lochside distillery produced both grain and malt whisky under the ownership of Joseph Hobbs, much like Ben Nevis. This bottling from Adelphi was matured in a single…  More info

Lochside 47 Year Old 1965 Single Blend (Adelphi)
$270.43

Lochside 52 Year Old 1963 (cask 11835) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.10%
Lochside

Aged in a single refill hogshead (with no artificial colour added, of course) this grain whisky has taken on a gorgeous hue during it's maturation. Aged for over half a century, it was distilled at…  More info

Lochside 52 Year Old 1963 (cask 11835) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$701.54

Millburn 1972 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Millburn

A 1972 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail, matured in refill sherry butts. The Millburn distillery is now closed, so any whisky is decidedly rare.  More info

Millburn 1972 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$156.86

Millburn 1974 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Millburn

Closed in 1985, Milburn has become increasingly rare. Fittingly, this bottling comes from Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Old range, an independent bottling of 1974 vintage single malt. Today, the…  More info

Millburn 1974 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$637.81

Millburn 1978 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Millburn

Distilled at Millburn in 1978 and aged for 30 years before bottling in 2008 for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Millburn 1978 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$182.82

Millburn 25 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 62%
Millburn

Distilled at Millburn in 1975 and aged for 25 years before bottling in 2001 for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info

Millburn 25 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

Millburn 35 Year Old 1969 - Rare Malts

70cl, 51%
Millburn

Distilled at Millburn in 1969 and aged for 35 years before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info

Millburn 35 Year Old 1969 - Rare Malts

North Port (Brechin) 25 Year Old 1977 - Authentic Collection (Cadenhead's)

70cl, 56%
North Port

A very rare single malt whisky from Cadenhead's Authentic Collection, this was distilled at the North Port distillery in 1977 and it was aged for 25 years in a bourbon hogshead before bottling at…  More info

North Port (Brechin) 25 Year Old 1977 - Authentic Collection (Cadenhead's)
$163.84

North Port 20 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.20%
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

North Port-Brechin 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
North Port

This single malt was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2003, a rare edition from the North Port distillery.  More info

North Port-Brechin 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$72.61

Pittyvaich 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Pittyvaich

A 12 year old bottling of Pittyvaich single malt, released as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Pittyvaich 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

Pittyvaich 18 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Pittyvaich

An Old Malt Cask bottling of Pittyvaich, this was distilled in June of 1990 and bottled after 18 years in January 2009. Part of a release of just 703 bottles.  More info

Pittyvaich 18 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$62.60

Pittyvaich 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Pittyvaich

A Connoisseur's Choice bottling from Gordon and MacPhail, a 1993 vintage from the Pittyvaich distillery.  More info

Pittyvaich 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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$52.39

Pittyvaich 20 Year Old 1989

70cl, 57.50%
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
$180.23

Port Ellen - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.20%
Port Ellen

This whisky is from the long-since closed distillery of Port Ellen and despite a whole bunch of distilleries sadly closing in the early 1980s Port Ellen remains one of the most highly regarded.…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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