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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...

Glenesk 1979 - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenesk

This Rare Old bottling from Gordon & MacPhail features single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Glenesk distillery. It was distilled way back in 1979 and bottled in 2013. As with many closed…  More info

Glenesk 1979 - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenlochy 1968 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenlochy

A 1968 vintage and a very rare bottling from the Gordon and MacPhail Rare Old whisky range. The Glenlochy distillery closed several times and was finally demolished in 1986.  More info

Glenlochy 1968 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenlochy 27 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.9%
Glenlochy

A 27 year old Glenlochy, bottled at cask strength by Signatory on the 25th June 2008 following maturation in hogshead number 2823. Part of a limited release of just 231 bottles - each being…  More info

Glenlochy 27 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlochy 29 Year Old 1980 Cask 2649 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.8%
Glenlochy

Glenlochy distilled on the 21st August 1980 and aged for 29 years in hogshead number 2649 before bottling on the 22nd June 2010. A release of 265 numbered bottles from Signatory's Cask Strength…  More info

Glenlochy 29 Year Old 1980 Cask 2649 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlochy 30 Year Old 1980 Cask 2824 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.9%
Glenlochy

Distilled at Glenlochy on the 4th September 1980, this was aged in a single hogshead for 30 years before bottling for the Signatory's Cask Strength Collection. A release of 224 bottles.  More info

Glenlochy 30 Year Old 1980 Cask 2824 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlochy 32 Year Old 1980 (cask 1759) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 60.1%
Glenlochy

This is a thirty-two year old single malt whisky from the Glenlochy distillery bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. The distillery was closed in 1983 and today only the…  More info

Glenlochy 32 Year Old 1980 (cask 1759) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$723.63

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3231) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 48%
Glenlochy

Rare single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Glenlochy distillery, aged in a single hogshead cask for 35 years. It was distilled in November 1980, three years before the distillery was shut, and…  More info

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3231) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$983.47

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 51.1%
Glenlochy

A 35 year old Glenlochy single malt, aged in a single hogshead cask (#3232) from November 1980 to December 2015. Not much of this around these days, as the distillery was closed back in 1983. 218…  More info

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$983.47

Glenugie 1970 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43.5%
Glenugie

A rare vintage from a closed distillery (Glenugie was dismantled in 1983). This was distilled in 1970 and bottled in 2009 for Gordon and MacPhail's exclusive Rare Old range.  More info

Glenugie 1970 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenugie 30 Year Old 1980 - Deoch an Doras

70cl, 52.1%
Glenugie

Official bottlings of Glenugie single malt Scotch whisky are rare as hen's teeth, considering the distillery was closed in 1983. This is the second release from the Deoch an Doras range of official…  More info

Glenugie 30 Year Old 1980 - Deoch an Doras
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$362.34

Glenugie 31 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.1%
Glenugie

A 31 year old Glenugie, distilled on the 20th December 1977 and bottled by Signatory on the 14th September 2009. Part of a release of 577 bottles.  More info

Glenugie 31 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenugie 32 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.6%
Glenugie

Single cask Glenugie. This was distilled on the 15th October 1977 and aged for 32 years. It was given a 90 month finish in top quality Oloroso sherry butts and bottled by Signatory on the 19th March…  More info

Glenugie 32 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenugie 33 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.2%
Glenugie

This was distilled at the Glenugie distillery on the 20th December 1977, and aged in a hogshead and a sherry butt. It was then bottled on the 14th January 2011 by Signatory. A release of 573 bottles.  More info

Glenugie 33 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenugie 43 Year Old 1968

70cl, 43%
Glenugie

A rare 43 year old from the Glenugie distillery, which closed over 25 years ago!  More info

Glenugie 43 Year Old 1968

Glenury Royal 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glenury

A 1976 vintage from Glenury Royal, this was bottled as part of Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Glenury Royal 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57%
Glenury

A fantastic Rare Malts bottling of Glenury Royal single malt Scotch whisky, from the sadly closed and demolished Glenury distillery in Stonehaven. This release was distilled in 1970 and bottled at…  More info

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts
$551.47

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts (Bottle No. 1504)

70cl, 57%
Glenury

Single malt Scotch whisky from the long closed Glenury Royal distillery, which shut its doors in 1983 and was demolished soon after. This bottling from the Rare Malts range was distilled in 1970 and…  More info

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts (Bottle No. 1504)
$560.14

Glenury Royal 36 Year Old 1970

70cl, 58%
Glenury

A 36 year old bottling from Glenury Royal, distilled in 1970 and bottled at cask strength.  More info

Glenury Royal 36 Year Old 1970
$512.44

Glenury Royal 40 Year Old 1970

70cl, 59.4%
Glenury

This is a late addition to the Diageo Special Releases 2011 having been released in 2012. The Glenury Royal distillery was closed in 1985 and was later demolished. There have been very few recent…  More info

Glenury Royal 40 Year Old 1970
$1,037.25

Hillside 25 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.1%
Glenesk

A 1970 vintage Hillside (or Glenesk, as it was known from 1980 onwards) single malt Scotch whisky, bottled at 25 years old for the Rare Malts collection. Glenesk has had a number of names over the…  More info

Hillside 25 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts
$827.14

Imperial 11 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

An 11 year old from the now mothballed Imperial distillery. This was distilled in 1998 and bottled by Duncan Taylor in 2010 for their NC2 range (non chillfiltered and non caramel coloured).  More info

Imperial 11 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 13 Year Old 1997 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

Distilled in 1997, this 13 year old Imperial was bottled by Duncan Taylor in 2010 for their range of non chillfiltered, non caramel coloured single malts (NC2).  More info

Imperial 13 Year Old 1997 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

Distilled at the Imperial distillery in 1995, this was aged for 15 years in two hogsheads. Bottled in 2011, a release of 737 bottles.  More info

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 Casks 50320 & 50321 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

This 15 year old Imperial was distilled on the 9th October 1995 and it was aged in two hogsheads (numbers 50320 and 50321) before bottling on the 12th September 2011. A release of 703 numbered…  More info

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 Casks 50320 & 50321 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.8%
Imperial

A beautiful hogshead-matured, cask-strength malt from the classic Speyside distillery Imperial. This was distilled on the 9th October 1995, it was then aged in hogsheads 50322 and 50323 before…  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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