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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...

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)

Imperial 16yo 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.8%
Imperial

The Imperial distillery has had a turbulent path over the past few decades. In 1989 the distillery was closed to be reopened two years later, then in 1998 it was mothballed again. Fortunately…  More info

Imperial 16yo 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 16 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

Bottled un-chill filtered, and with no caramel colouring, this is pure, unadulterated whisky. Distilled at Caperdonich on the 9th July 1994, it was aged in two hogsheads, and was bottled by Signatory…  More info

Caperdonich 16 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Rosebank 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 57.9%
Rosebank

The vatting of four bourbon barrels of Rosebank. This was distilled in 1991 and bottled at 16 years - possibly the peak age for Rosebank - by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Rosebank 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 55.1%
Imperial

A Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Imperial Distillery, which was mothballed in 1998 and has yet to reopen its doors. This whisky was distilled in…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
$113.65

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (bottled 2013) - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 55.1%
Imperial

From the Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries independent bottling range comes a 17 year old Imperial single malt scotch whisky bottled without chill filtration at natural cask strength. It was…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (bottled 2013) - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
$113.65

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9527) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.3%
Imperial

17 year old whisky from the now-closed Imperial distillery. Part of the prestigious Directors' Cut range. Distilled in October 1995 and bottled in February 2013, the outturn was just 99 bottles!  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9527) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (casks 50138+50139) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

The whisky for this Signatory Un-Chillfiltered release was distilled in 1995 during the short period of time when the Imperial distillery was open in the 1990s. 759 bottles were produced.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (casks 50138+50139) - Un-Chillfiltered  (Signatory)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.5%
Imperial

A very tasty, 17 year old Imperial, distilled in 1995 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave range. This was finished in smaller "octave" casks, and the result is additional spice and complexity.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

This is an Un-Chillfiltered Imperial from Signatory, distilled in October 1995 and aged for 17 years in a pair of hogsheads. It was bottled in 2012...  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Imperial

A 17 year old Imperial distilled in May of 1995 and aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in May of 2012. This is a single cask release from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range, and there are…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50131) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.8%
Imperial

A 17 year old from the now-closed Imperial distillery matured in a single hogshead and bottled by Signatory at natural cask strength. 265 bottles were produced.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50131) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50329) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.9%
Imperial

A rare Imperial from Signatory, a single cask whisky presented at natural cask strength. Closed Distillery Magic.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50329) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 Cask 9270 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Imperial

This is a very fine, malty Imperial from the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in October 1995 before a 17 year maturation in a single cask (a refill hogshead). It was then bottled in November…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 Cask 9270 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.1%
Imperial

Duncan Taylor have bottled this single malt whisky from the Imperial Distillery for their Dimensions range of cask strength whiskies.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

This is an un-chill-filtered bottling of seventeen year old caperdonich by independent bottler Signatory.  More info

Caperdonich 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Caperdonich 17 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

Distilled at Caperdonich on the 9th July 1994, this was aged in hogsheads 96522 and 96523 for 17 years before bottling on the 2nd September 2011 by Signatory. A release of 781 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 17 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Rosebank 17 Year Old 1991 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 46%
Rosebank

A 17 year old Rosebank from Speciality Drinks. This was distilled in 1991 and bottled in April of 2009, aged in cask 2206.  More info

Rosebank 17 Year Old 1991 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

SMWS No. 61.10 18 Year Old 1981 (Bottled 1999)

70cl, 58.3%
Brora

A Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling of Brora single malt - say those words in that order and you're likely to make the ears of every Scotch whisky enthusiast in a two mile radius prick up. This…  More info

SMWS No. 61.10 18 Year Old 1981 (Bottled 1999)
$1,050.46

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 56.1%
Imperial

From the Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries range, which of course focuses on whiskies from distilleries which have sadly shut their doors, comes an 18 year old single malt from the Imperial…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
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$118.87

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 95076) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

A Berry Brothers & Rudd bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery. It was distilled in 1995, around 7 years before the distillery closed its doors for the last…  More info

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 95076) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$92.49

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50288 + 50289) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

An un-chillfiltered Imperial single malt, bottled by the lovely folks at Signatory. Taken from two hogshead casks filled in September 1995 and emptied in April 2014. 742 bottles of whisky from this…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50288 + 50289) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (casks 50286+50287) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

Have you been sorely missing the Imperial distillery since it closed? Well, lucky for you, independent bottlers still manage to get their hands on their whisky and release it for all to enjoy! This…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (casks 50286+50287) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50284+50285) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

A Signatory release of 18 year old Imperial single malt whisky, drawn from two consecutive casks and bottled with no chillfiltering. Considering that the Imperial distillery has been closed since…  More info

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50284+50285) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50280+50281) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

Un-chillfiltered single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed distillery Imperial. The two casks used for this release were filled in September 1995 and bottled by Signatory in October 2013,…  More info

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50280+50281) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

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