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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 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50137) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.5%
Imperial

An independent bottling of Imperial single malt Scotch whisky. The distillery may be demolished, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the malts they produced while they were open! This one was…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50137) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1994 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caperdonich

This is an eighteen year old bottling from the mothballed distillery of Caperdonich. This whisky has been bottled at 50%abv without chill-filtration as a part of Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask…  More info

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1994 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Pittyvaich 18 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Pittyvaich

An Old Malt Cask bottling of Pittyvaich, this was distilled in June of 1990 and bottled after 18 years in January 2009. Part of a release of just 703 bottles.  More info

Pittyvaich 18 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Littlemill 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 53.5%
Littlemill

This Littlemill was distilled in 1990, and aged in bourbon barrels before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2008. A release of 1,215 bottles from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold Series.  More info

Littlemill 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Rosebank 18 Year Old 1990 Cask 4655 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Rosebank

This was distilled at the sadly defunct Rosebank distillery in February 1990 and aged for 18 years in refill butt number 4655 before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in September 2008. A release…  More info

Rosebank 18 Year Old 1990 Cask 4655 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 18 Year Old - Chieftain's Ian Macleod)

70cl, 43%
Imperial

An 18 year old from the now silent Imperial Distillery. Part of the highly regarded Chieftain's Choice series from Ian MacLeod.  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old - Chieftain's Ian Macleod)

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 50217, 50218 & 50219) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.5%
Imperial

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery (the site of which is now home to the Dalmunach distillery). This was drawn from three hogshead…  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 50217, 50218 & 50219) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 50164) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.6%
Imperial

Did this independently bottled Imperial single malt Scotch whisky catch your eye? We don't blame you - it's a 19 year old single cask release from a closed distillery, bottled by Signatory for their…  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 50164) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams

70cl, 49.1%
Imperial

Though the Imperial distillery may have closed a while ago, we can still sample their whiskies through independent bottlings just like this one here! This is a Nectar of the Daily Drams bottling of…  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams
$101.39

Imperial 19 Years Old 1995 (casks 50165+50166) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.2%
Imperial

A fantastic chance to get your hands on some single malt whisky from a closed distillery - this is a Cask Strength Collection bottling of Imperial single malt, distilled in August 1995 and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 19 Years Old 1995 (casks 50165+50166) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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St. Magdalene 19 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 63.8%
St. Magdalene

You don't see official bottlings of St. Magdalene single malt Scotch whisky much these days, as the distillery was closed down all the way back in 1983. This rare whisky was distilled in 1979 and…  More info

St. Magdalene 19 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts
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$704.95

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

This is a previous Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Port Ellen. The Port Ellen distillery closed in 1983 and today only the maltings remain in use. This Port Ellen was bottled in 2001 and offers a rare…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
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Caperdonich 19 Year Old 1992 Cask 46239 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.1%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery on the 3rd of April 1992. It was aged in cask 46239 for 19 years before bottling by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the 14th September…  More info

Caperdonich 19 Year Old 1992 Cask 46239 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caperdonich 19 Year Old 1992 Cask 46238 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.3%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery on the 3rd April 1992 and it was aged for 19 years in hogshead number 46238 before bottling at cask strength by Signatory on the 17th May 2011.  More info

Caperdonich 19 Year Old 1992 Cask 46238 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Lochside 19 Year Old 1991 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Lochside

A nineteen year old whisky from the (now closed) Lochside distillery. Hailed as many as the smartest investment in whisky - closed distilleries are fast becoming extremely collectable.  More info

Lochside 19 Year Old 1991 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Rosebank 19 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Rosebank

This 19 year old Rosebank was bottled under Douglas Laing's cracking Old Malt Cask range. Each whisky is bottled at their preferred bottling strength of 50%, usually from single casks. This was…  More info

Rosebank 19 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Rosebank 19 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts 75cl

75cl, 60.2%
Rosebank

The Rosebank distillery is a lost treasure from the Lowlands, her candle faded out in 1993. Since then, her malts have become legendary. This is a Rare Malts bottling, and it's a 75cl bottling. These…  More info

Rosebank 19 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts 75cl

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 48%
Imperial

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor range. This is a 1995 vintage, meaning it was distilled a few years before the…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$213.46

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50248 & 50249) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

Independent bottled single malt from the closed Imperial distillery, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled in September 1995 (a few years before Imperial closed its door for the last time) and…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50248 & 50249) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50254 & 50256) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.8%
Imperial

An Imperial single malt Scotch whisky from Signatory's impressive Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in 1995 and aged in two hogsheads for 20 years. 495 bottles were produced.  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50254 & 50256) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50242 & 50243) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Imperial

An independent Imperial here, bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in September 1995 and aged for 20 years until February 2016, when it was bottled at 46% ABV…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50242 & 50243) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51%
Imperial

Single malt Scotch whisky from a distillery that was closed for 60% of its century or so long history. (Imperial is now one of the many sadly closed distilleries of Scotland.) Filled back on 21st…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$85.11

Pittyvaich 20 Year Old 1989

70cl, 57.5%
Pittyvaich

Part of Diageo's 2009 Special Releases. This 20 year old comes at cask strength, and is part of a limited release of 6,000 bottles.  More info

Pittyvaich 20 Year Old 1989
$172.87

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50224 + 50225) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.2%
Imperial

Part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection, this 20 year old single malt from the closed and now demolished Imperial distillery comes from two consecutive hogsheads. Distilled on 18th September…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50224 + 50225) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

North Port 20 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.2%
North Port

A 20 year old bottling, distilled in 1979 before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info

North Port 20 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

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