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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...

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10282) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Caperdonich

A single cask bottling of 21 year old single malt from the Caperdonich distillery, which sadly shut its door in 2002. It has been released as part of the Douglas Laing Old Particular series.…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10282) - Old Particular (Douglas 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)

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.3%
Rosebank

From the closed distillery that triple-distilled their whisky, Rosebank, comes this 21 year old single malt. Distilled in February 1992, a year before the distillery closed, it matured in a single…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

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)

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10146) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.8%
Rosebank

Douglas Laing's Directors' Cut range contains selected old and rare whiskies, and this is no certainly no exception. Rosebank distillery in the Lowlands of Scotland was mothballed in 1993 and never…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10146) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
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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 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)
$89.59

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

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 (2011 Release)

70cl, 53.8%
Rosebank

A sublime 21 year old Rosebank, bottled for Diageo's Special Releases. There are just 5,604 numbered bottles worldwide, and we expect them to sell out very fast. This was aged in refill American oak…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 (2011 Release)
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Imperial 21 Year Old 1976 (Signatory Vintage)

70cl, 43%
Imperial

This whisky is from the moth-balled distillery of Imperial. Although the distillery is currently silent, independent bottlers such as Signatory have bottled previous stock for your delectation.  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1976 (Signatory Vintage)

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 54.6%
Rosebank

This was distilled at Rosebank in 1990. It was aged for 21 years in a bourbon barrel before bottling by Murray McDavid in 2011 at the Bruichladdich distillery. A release of 270 bottles at natural…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Banff 21 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57.1%
Banff

A cask strength 21 year old bottling from Diageo's Rare Malts range, this 1982 vintage proffers a last chance to own a bottle from the Banff distillery, closed for over 15 years. Please note that…  More info

Banff 21 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)

70cl, 56.2%
Port Ellen

Today Port Ellen is a whisky legend, thanks to a myriad of reasons in the early 1980s the distillery was closed. However, this was no judgement on its character or of it's quality, and when the…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)
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$3,160.87

Glen Mhor 22 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61%
Glen Mhor

A very rare whisky from the now silent distillery, Glen Mhor. This was distilled in 1979 and aged for 22 years before bottling in October 2001 for the Rare Malts range. Each bottle is…  More info

Glen Mhor 22 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts
$368.78

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)

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)
$104.47

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.1%
Rosebank

Distilled in 1981 at the now silent Rosebank distillery and matured for 22 years before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts
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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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$97.52

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.5%
Port Ellen

A cask strength, very rare Port Ellen. This was distilled in 1978 and matured for 22 years before bottling as part of the Rare Malts range.  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts (No Box)

70cl, 61.1%
Rosebank

The Rosebank distillery has been silent for decades now, but somehow their whisky still gets into the hands of fans. As Jeff Goldblum says in the classic film Jurassic Peat, "Whisky finds a way".…  More info

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts (No Box)
$526.81

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1982 - Jumping Jack (Whisky Plus)

70cl, 56.1%
Port Ellen

A rather flash release selected by Jumping Jack for Whisky Plus - a 1982 vintage Port Ellen! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item…  More info

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1982 - Jumping Jack (Whisky Plus)
$896.32

Caperdonich 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 411035) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, aged in a single Sherry cask for 23 years. It was distilled in April 1992 (10 years before the distillery was…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 411035) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 57.9%
Imperial

A 23 year old single malt from the dearly departed distillery, Imperial. Distilled in October 1990, the whisky matured in a single sherry butt for 23 years before Hunter Laing came along and bottled…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 11974) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 58.4%
Imperial

The closed Imperial Distillery in the Speyside region produced this single malt Scotch whisky, which was lovingly aged for 23 years (from December 1990 to March 2014, if you're wondering). It was…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 11974) - Mackillop's Choice

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)

70cl, 59.4%
Port Ellen

The second bottling in Diageo's series of Port Ellens for their annual Special Releases. A rare and sought after whisky from a legendary distillery that stopped producing back in 1983. This bottle…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)
$1,683.90

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