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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 - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46.20%
Caperdonich

The Caperdonich distillery was sadly mothballed in 2002, though there is still some whisky available for fantastic bottlings such as this one from ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’. This label…  More info

Caperdonich - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Imperial 1994 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A vintage whisky from Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Label range, this 2012 release was distilled in 1994 at Imperial, a now closed distillery, which in fact spent more of the last century closed…  More info

Imperial 1994 (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$51.24

St Magdalene 1975 - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
St. Magdalene

Rare as hen's teeth, and a darn sight tastier. This 1975 St Magdalene was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

St Magdalene 1975 - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$196.05

Caperdonich - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.70%
Caperdonich

This is Batch 3 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Caperdonich, bottled at 45.7% abv with a cult graphic-novel-style label featuring the legendary pipe that supposedly ran between Caperdonich and…  More info

Caperdonich - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Convalmore 32 Year Old 1975 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Convalmore

A 32 year old from the Convalmore distillery, distilled in 1975 and matured in a bourbon cask. This single malt is part of a limited release of just 202 bottles and has been bottled at 48%.  More info

Convalmore 32 Year Old 1975 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
$109.63

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 2

70cl, 53.20%
The Blended Whisky Company

This is the second batch of The Lost Distilleries Blend from The Blended Whisky Company - a superb mix of grain and malt whisky from some of Scotland's most legendary silent distilleries. Batch two…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 2
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Brora - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.10%
Brora

Continuing on the cat-inspired theme present in the Boutique-y Whisky Company's Clynelish (a distillery which neighbours Brora), here we see a far more terrifying-looking label with a truly ferocious…  More info

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

Port Ellen - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.10%
Port Ellen

This is the second batch of the utterly beguiling Port Ellen from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a rich, smouldering, citrusy gem from what is perhaps Scotland's most legendary distillery, and…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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)

Glen Esk 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenesk

Distilled at Glen Esk in 1984 and aged for 20 years before bottling in 2004 for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range.  More info

Glen Esk 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$127.80

Glen Albyn 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Albyn

A rare single malt, distilled in 1975 at the now silent Glen Albyn distillery, a rare smooth, fresh whisky.  More info

Glen Albyn 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$248.01

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)
$158.23

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)
$73.25

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)
$184.42

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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$52.86

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) (Old Edition)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

Distilled in 1982 and aged for 22 years in refill sherry butts before bottling in 2004 by Gordon and MacPhail. Port Ellen has become a legendary distillery.  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) (Old Edition)

Imperial 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 11972) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 57.90%
Imperial

Bottled in March 2013 by Mackillop's; this 22 year old Imperial is ready to colonise your collection. Matured in bourbon cask 11972.  More info

Imperial 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 11972) - Mackillop's Choice

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 271) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 55.20%
Rosebank

A 22 year old single cask from Mackillop's distilled at the celebrated Rosebank distillery. Rosebank is of course a closed distillery in the lowlands whose whisky was triple distilled. Founded in…  More info

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 271) - Mackillop's Choice
$258.30

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)
$64.98

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)
$53.95

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)
$144.27

Imperial 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Imperial

Distilled in 1991 at Speyside's Imperial distillery. Bottled in 2006 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Imperial 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail
$47.19

Coleburn 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Coleburn

A 27 year old bottling from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range, single malts from the Coleburn distillery are decidedly rare and this refill sherry matured expression is a wonderful…  More info

Coleburn 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$215.65

Dallas Dhu 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Dallas Dhu

Matured in refill bourbon casks, this 1975 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range is a superb 32 year old expression from the Dallas Dhu distillery.  More info

Dallas Dhu 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)
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$151.69

Dallas Dhu 1982 35cl (Gordon and MacPhail)

35cl, 40%
Dallas Dhu

A half bottle of 23 year old, refill bourbon matured Dallas Dhu, distilled in 1982 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Dallas Dhu 1982 35cl (Gordon and MacPhail)
$42.99

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