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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 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)
$684.19

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)
$417.59

Millburn 1974 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Millburn

Closed in 1985, Milburn has become increasingly rare. Fittingly, this bottling comes from Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Old range, an independent bottling of 1974 vintage single malt. Today, the…  More info

Millburn 1974 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$639.06

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)
$740.05

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)
$651.40

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)

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)
$284.93

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2016) (cask 16017) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 56.80%
Port Ellen

An independently bottled Port Ellen, distilled in 1982 and bottled 2016 by German bottler Malts of Scotland. It was distilled in 1982, the year before the distillery was closed, and bottled in 2016.…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2016) (cask 16017) - Malts of Scotland
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$1198.80

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)

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
$131.32

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
$363.41

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)
$120.97

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
$218.90

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)
$53.92

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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Caperdonich 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery in Speyside in the Spring of 1997 and matured for 12 years in a single refill hogshead (number 5569) before bottling by Douglas Laing for the…  More info

Caperdonich 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 13 Year Old 1997 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

Distilled in 1997, this 13 year old Imperial was bottled by Duncan Taylor in 2010 for their range of non chillfiltered, non caramel coloured single malts (NC2).  More info

Imperial 13 Year Old 1997 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Lochside 1990 14 Year Old - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Lochside

A Douglas Laing bottling of the now closed Lochside distillery. Jim Murray scored this rare single cask release 94 points!  More info

Lochside 1990 14 Year Old - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 Casks 50320 & 50321 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

This 15 year old Imperial was distilled on the 9th October 1995 and it was aged in two hogsheads (numbers 50320 and 50321) before bottling on the 12th September 2011. A release of 703 numbered…  More info

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 Casks 50320 & 50321 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$43.73

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

Distilled at the Imperial distillery in 1995, this was aged for 15 years in two hogsheads. Bottled in 2011, a release of 737 bottles.  More info

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$39.65

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

From Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered range, this Imperial was distilled on the 9th October 1995 and it was aged for 16 years in hogsheads 50332 and 50333 before bottling on the 24th November 2011. A…  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$43.73

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.80%
Imperial

A beautiful hogshead-matured, cask-strength malt from the classic Speyside distillery Imperial. This was distilled on the 9th October 1995, it was then aged in hogsheads 50322 and 50323 before…  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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