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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...

Rosebank 1990 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/11) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Rosebank

A 2015 bottling of single malt from the sadly closed distillery of Rosebank in the Lowlands. The lot yielded 602 bottles for Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Old range.  More info

Rosebank 1990 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/11) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Dallas Dhu 1980 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Dallas Dhu

How often do you see Dallas Dhu single malt, eh? "Not often" is likely your answer, as the distillery in the Speyside region has been closed since 1983 (though all of the distillation equipment is…  More info

Dallas Dhu 1980 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/12) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A bottling of Port Ellen single malt distilled in 1980 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old collection. The impressive whiskies from this closed Islay distillery are extremely sought…  More info

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/12) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$714.39

Littlemill 1991 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.5%
Littlemill

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly departed Littlemill distillery, which was mothballed back in 1992 - this whisky was distilled a year prior to this sad occasion. It was…  More info

Littlemill 1991 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Brora 1982 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brora

Distilled at the sadly closed Brora distillery in the Highlands of Scotland in 1982, this Gordon & MacPhail bottling matured in a refill Sherry puncheon.  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$403.11

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

A old and rare bottling of precious and delicious Port Ellen single malt from 1999! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are…  More info

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Brora 1982 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Brora

This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Brora single malt Scotch whisky, as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. This bottling features whisky which was distilled in 1982, a year before the…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$660.47

Glen Albyn 1976 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Albyn

This Glen Albyn was distilled in 1976 and was bottled by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. Glen Albyn was closed in 1983 and demolished three years later, needless to say this is a rare bottling.  More info

Glen Albyn 1976 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Rosebank 1990 (bottled 2014) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Rosebank

Here's one for whisky historians - a 1990 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Rosebank distillery in the Lowlands, which was closed in 1993. This whisky was bottled in 2014 for Lot RO/14/02 as…  More info

Rosebank 1990 (bottled 2014) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Convalmore 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Convalmore

This was distilled at Convalmore in 1981, and aged for 17 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 1998 for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Convalmore 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Coleburn 1972 (bottled 2013) (Lot No. RO/13/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Coleburn

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the seldom-seen Coleburn distillery, which was closed in 1985. Very collectible for whisky historians, this. It was distilled in 1972, long…  More info

Coleburn 1972 (bottled 2013) (Lot No. RO/13/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Brora 1982 (bottled 2008) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Brora

A 26 year old from the Connoisseur's Choice range. This bottling was matured in refill sherry casks and bottled in 2008 exhibiting the typical Brora style; though a Northern Highland malt, it has a…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2008) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Convalmore

Independently bottled single single malt Scotch whisky from the Convalmore distillery, which shut its doors in 1985 for the last time. It was distilled 10 years before that, in 1975, and bottled in…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$576.04

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

Do you happen to like exciting things? Well, here's a treat for you then - an independent bottling of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky. The Islay distillery sadly closed in the 1980s, but…  More info

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$738.73

Dunglass and Littlemill 1967 (Signatory)

100cl, 43.5%
Littlemill

A pair of beautiful looking decanter bottles, bottled by Signatory. Both are from the Littlemill distillery, in the Lowlands. Dunglass was the name given to peated whisky distilled at Littlemill…  More info

Dunglass and Littlemill 1967 (Signatory)

Imperial 1995 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Imperial

Independently bottled Imperial single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1995 and left to mature in refill Sherry casks. It was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Distillery labels series, which…  More info

Imperial 1995 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glen Flagler - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glenflagler

An incredibly rare and exciting find for whisky history buffs. This is a bottle of Glen Flagler Scotch whisky, bottled in the 1970s. The lowland distillery in Airdrie where it was produced was…  More info

Glen Flagler - 1970s
$507.28

Glen Mhor 1980 (bottled 2007) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Mhor

This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the now sadly demolished Glen Mhor distillery. Standing proud in Inverness from the 1890s until the 1980s, Glen Mhor was a…  More info

Glen Mhor 1980 (bottled 2007) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

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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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)
$237.79

Caperdonich 1999 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

A sumptuous Speyside single malt which slumbered in Sherry butts from 1999 to 2013. This Caperdonich makes for a fine addition to Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice.  More info

Caperdonich 1999 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$53.75

Caperdonich - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.1%
Caperdonich

The fourth batch of Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by 'That Boutique-y Whisky Company', once again features the cheeky bunch who allegedly were pinching whisky under cover of darkness…  More info

Caperdonich - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Glen Mhor 1965 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Mhor

A rare 1965 vintage release from Gordon and MacPhail. A single malt from the now silent Glen Mhor distillery.  More info

Glen Mhor 1965 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Port Ellen - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.1%
Port Ellen

It's here. Phone people. Write letters. Open up windows and shout at things. Let the things know that it's here. But what is it? Batch 5 of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Brora - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.1%
Brora

It is well known that whisky from the closed Brora distillery are the (wild)cat's pyjamas and rare as hen's teeth, which is why we're sure many ears will perk up at the sound of this: Batch 2 of…  More info

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

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