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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...

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 1984 (Lot No. RO/12/05) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)

70cl, 46%
Glenury

You'd not be blamed for not knowing about Glenury Royal whisky, as the distillery was closed in 1985 and releases of their whisky are rather scarce. However, Gordon & MacPhail got their hands on a…  More info

Glenury Royal 1984 (Lot No. RO/12/05) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)
$271.58

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
$582.03

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)
$591.19

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
$540.84

Glenury Royal 40 Year Old 1970

70cl, 59.40%
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
$710.20

Hillside 25 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.10%
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
$872.99

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)
$39.65

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)
$43.73

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

70cl, 55.50%
Imperial

A beautiful cask-strength malt from the classic Speyside distillery Imperial.  More info

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

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

70cl, 57.80%
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)

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53%
Imperial

A splendid Imperial 16 year old, bottled by Duncan Taylor. This is non-chillfiltered and cask stregth, a nicely structured sweetish dram.  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.30%
Imperial

Distilled at Imperial in 1995, this was aged for 16 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their fabulous Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller "octave" casks for added pep and zing (also…  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

From Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered range, this Imperial was distilled on the 9th October 1995 and it was aged for 16 years in hogsheads 50332 and 50333 before bottling on the 24th November 2011. A…  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$43.73

Imperial 16yo 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.80%
Imperial

The Imperial distillery has had a turbulent path over the past few decades. In 1989 the distillery was closed to be reopened two years later, then in 1998 it was mothballed again. Fortunately…  More info

Imperial 16yo 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (bottled 2013) - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 55.10%
Imperial

From the Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries independent bottling range comes a 17 year old Imperial single malt scotch whisky bottled without chill filtration at natural cask strength. It was…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (bottled 2013) - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
$117.86

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50131) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.80%
Imperial

A 17 year old from the now-closed Imperial distillery matured in a single hogshead and bottled by Signatory at natural cask strength. 265 bottles were produced.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50131) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$70.86

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50329) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.90%
Imperial

A rare Imperial from Signatory, a single cask whisky presented at natural cask strength. Closed Distillery Magic.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50329) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$66.63

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9527) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.30%
Imperial

17 year old whisky from the now-closed Imperial distillery. Part of the prestigious Directors' Cut range. Distilled in October 1995 and bottled in February 2013, the outturn was just 99 bottles!  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9527) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$135.29

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)
$48.14

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)
$117.86

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)
$110.78

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)
$76.59

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