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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...

Lochside 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Lochside

Distilled at the Lochside distillery in Montrose in 1991 and aged for 13 years in refill bourbon barrels before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Lochside 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Port Ellen - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.2%
Port Ellen

This whisky is from the long-since closed distillery of Port Ellen and despite a whole bunch of distilleries sadly closing in the early 1980s Port Ellen remains one of the most highly regarded.…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Caperdonich - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.6%
Caperdonich

This whisky is from the Speyside distillery of Caperdonich, a distillery with a turbulent history. Caperdonich opened in 1897 under the imaginative name Glen Grant Number Two, after its sister…  More info

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

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 (2011 Release)

70cl, 53.8%
Rosebank

A sublime 21 year old Rosebank, bottled for Diageo's Special Releases. There are just 5,604 numbered bottles worldwide, and we expect them to sell out very fast. This was aged in refill American oak…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 (2011 Release)
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Glen Esk 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenesk

Distilled at Glen Esk in 1984 and aged for 20 years before bottling in 2004 for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range.  More info

Glen Esk 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glen Mhor Pure Malt Whisky

75cl, 40%
Glen Mhor

A "pure malt" from Glen Mhor, this is an incredibly rare whisky bottled in the days of "proof" and measuring volume in fluid ounces! A great whisky from a now lost distillery…  More info

Glen Mhor Pure Malt Whisky
$290.96

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.7%
Inverleven

From Signatory's Cask Strength Collection comes this fabulous 34 year old single cask Inverleven. It was distilled on the 14th September 1977 and was aged in bourbon barrel 3605 before bottling on…  More info

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 19 Year Old 1990 (cask 11966) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A bottling of a 19-year-old Imperial single cask malt by Lorne Mackillop, who is descended from one of the survivors of the massacre of the Mackillop Clan at the hands of the english redcoats in 1745.  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1990 (cask 11966) - Mackillop's Choice

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.8%
Caperdonich

Caperdonich was once known as Glen Grant No. 2 thanks to its proximity to its sister distillery. Legend has it that they were once connected by a pipe which was removed after it was discovered that…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992  - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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

50cl, 46.2%
Caperdonich

The Caperdonich distillery was sadly mothballed in 2002, though there is still some whisky available for fantastic bottlings such as this one from ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’. This label…  More info

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

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1965 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.3%
Caledonian

A beautiful 45 year old single grain whisky, distilled in 1965 and aged in bourbon barrel 7501 before bottling for Duncan Taylor's Clan Denny range.  More info

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1965 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Inverleven 1990 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Inverleven

A 1990 vintage Inverleven, bottled by stalwart independent bottlers, Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Inverleven 1990 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.6%
Caperdonich

A beautiful, rare single cask Caperdonich from the Duncan Taylor Octave range. A rich, flavourful whisky with lots of spice.  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.8%
Port Ellen

A marvellous and decidedly rare Port Ellen distilled in April 1982 and aged for a massive 30 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in April 2012 for Douglas Laing's premium Old and Rare…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

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)

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)

Littlemill 21 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

A new release from Littlemill and a superbly packaged one at that, this is a 21 year old single malt which was aged in bourbon casks. It comes at 46%abv too, so we're expecting plenty of character…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old

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

70cl, 55.5%
Imperial

A beautiful cask-strength malt from the classic Speyside distillery Imperial.  More info

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

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1981 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 59.1%
Carsebridge

A 30 year old single cask grain whisky from Carsebridge. This was distilled in 1981 and aged in refill hogshead 7780 before bottling at natural cask strength for the Clan Denny range.  More info

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1981 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Carsebridge 45 Year Old 1965 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.7%
Carsebridge

Carsebridge was mothballed in 1983 then stripped of its parts in the 1990s, so what does this mean for this whisky? Well, it means we have a whisky that will never be produced again and will slowly…  More info

 Carsebridge 45 Year Old 1965 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Pittyvaich 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Pittyvaich

A Connoisseur's Choice bottling from Gordon and MacPhail, a 1993 vintage from the Pittyvaich distillery.  More info

Pittyvaich 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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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)

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.2%
Port Ellen

A marvellous and decidedly rare Port Ellen distilled in 1982 and aged for a massive 30 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in 2012 for Douglas Laing's premium Old and Rare Platinum…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
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Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.8%
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)

Carsebridge 29 Year Old 1981 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.1%
Carsebridge

This is single cask, bourbon-matured grain whisky from the Clan Denny range. It was distilled at Carsebridge in 1981 before a 29 year maturation in first-fill hogshead 6609. It was bottled at natural…  More info

Carsebridge 29 Year Old 1981 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

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