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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...

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)

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)

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)

Port Ellen 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

Port Ellen alert! Port Ellen alert! That's right, we've got a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt from the closed distillery on Islay, distilled in 1979, matured in refill Sherry butts and…  More info

Port Ellen 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2013)

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)

Brora 1982 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Brora

A vintage Gordon & MacPhail of Brora single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery was mothballed. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice in 1999.…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

To say bottlings of Port Ellen are sought after is just a bit of an understatement. While the distillery remains silent, and has done since 1983, releases like this rare Gordon & MacPahil…  More info

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

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

70cl, 57.9%
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

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 4

70cl, 50.9%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Lost Distilleries Blend is a truly extraordinary whisky, from a totally unique series of releases. As the name suggests, it is exclusively made up of whiskies from distilleries that have sadly…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 4
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The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 3

70cl, 55.9%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Lost Distilleries Blend is back with another carefully constructed blend of whiskies exclusively from closed distilleries! Like the second batch, which received an astonishing 94 points from Jim…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 3
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Littlemill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.4%
Littlemill

Pretty much all of us will end up collecting something at one point in our lives. Whether it's football stickers, VHS tapes or plates with pictures of dogs on them, these collections always take up a…  More info

Littlemill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Rosebank 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 271) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 55.2%
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

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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Caperdonich 19 Year Old - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 54%
Caperdonich

Bottled by up-and-coming independent bottler Lady of the Glen, this 19 year old Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky is very promising if it indicates how good their future releases will be. It was…  More info

Caperdonich 19 Year Old - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

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

50cl, 47.2%
Ladyburn

'Ayrshire' single malt, as you may know, comes from the... well, the clue's in the label design really. A burning lady? A burning lady in a burn? A lady-burn? Yes, that. Apologies for it being so…  More info

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

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 2

70cl, 53.2%
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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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)

Port Ellen - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.7%
Port Ellen

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER Boom! Batch 4 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Port Ellen has landed! After closing its doors in 1983 Port Ellen has become perhaps the most legendary whisky…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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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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)

Convalmore 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Convalmore

A 23 year old expression from Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled at the now silent Convalmore distillery in 1984 and matured in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in July of 2008.  More info

Convalmore 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Caperdonich 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

This is a popular distillery with aficionados. At one point it was known as Glen Grant No.2 after its sister distillery. Legend has it that the two were connected by a pipe to transfer whisky between…  More info

Caperdonich 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

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