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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...

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

50cl, 52.10%
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)

Dunglass and Littlemill 1967 (Signatory)

100cl, 43.50%
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)
$798.28

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46.80%
Caperdonich

A rare 1972 vintage from one of Scotland's lost distilleries. This was matured in a standard cask before a three month finish in a special sherry Octave. This gave the whisky some added richness.…  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

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
$302.20

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)
$248.31

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Port Ellen

A complex, rich single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Port Ellen has become a legendary distillery, known for its stunning peaty flavours.  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$170.63

Glenugie 1970 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43.50%
Glenugie

A rare vintage from a closed distillery (Glenugie was dismantled in 1983). This was distilled in 1970 and bottled in 2009 for Gordon and MacPhail's exclusive Rare Old range.  More info

Glenugie 1970 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.20%
Banff

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 1966 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Banff distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2015 as part of the Rare Old range, which features…  More info

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$766.28

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)
$553.39

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)
$259.83

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

70cl, 45.50%
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)
$254.55

Lochside 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/07) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Lochside

Though the Lochside distillery is gone (it was closed in 1992 and finally demolished in 2005), you can still get a taste of their whiskies from independent bottlings - just like this one right here!…  More info

Lochside 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/07) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$419.64

Glen Flagler (75cl) - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glenflagler

Rare and collectible among whisky historians, this is a bottle of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Flagler distillery in the Lowlands, which operated between the 1960s and the 1980s. This…  More info

Glen Flagler (75cl) - 1970s
$290.12

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)
$844.97

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Imperial distillery. It was distilled in 1996, 2 years before they shut their doors for the last time, and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
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$75.49

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1982 Cask 4447 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Port Ellen

A stunning 26 year old from the Port Ellen distillery - one of the most legendary distilleries in the world. This was distilled in February 1982 and aged for 26 years in sherry butt number 4447…  More info

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1982 Cask 4447 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Littlemill 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Littlemill

Littlemill has since been closed and demolished and will inevitably become rare in time. This is a great chance to try this classic Littlemill bottling.  More info

Littlemill 8 Year Old
$145.00

Rosebank 8 Year Old

75cl, 40%
Rosebank

An ultra rare 8 year old from the closed Rosebank distillery. Whisky from Rosebank has become legendary for its incredible Lowland character. This was bottled for The Distillers Agency.  More info

Rosebank 8 Year Old
$401.26

Rosebank 10 Year Old 1990 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Rosebank

A rare single cask Rosebank, bottled in 2000 by Signatory. This is a fine, oak matured Lowland whisky, a favourite of Jim Murray, which is getting hard to find given the sad and silent state of the…  More info

Rosebank 10 Year Old 1990 (Signatory)
$133.57

SMWS No. 25.32 11 Year Old 1992

70cl, 54.30%
Rosebank

A stupendous single cask whisky from SMWS from a secret distillery (let's just say its R -Bank. No, that's too obvious, let's call it Rose-B). This is a berry-fruit-rich whisky from the now closed…  More info

SMWS No. 25.32 11 Year Old 1992
$241.70

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)

Inverleven 15 Year Old 1991 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Inverleven

Distilled at the now silent Inverleven in 1991 and aged for 15 years in refill bourbon barrels before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Inverleven 15 Year Old 1991 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$59.53

Littlemill 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Littlemill

An official bottling from the now silent distillery, Littlemill. This 12 year old has a very unusual flavour.  More info

Littlemill 12 Year Old
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Pittyvaich 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Pittyvaich

A 12 year old bottling of Pittyvaich single malt, released as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Pittyvaich 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

Rosebank 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Rosebank

A superb triple-distilled single malt from the now silent Rosebank distillery, bottled as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Rosebank 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

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