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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...

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

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.9%
Port Ellen

This is a classic Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the infamous, though sadly closed, Port Ellen distillery on Islay. Matured for 20 years after being distilled in 1978, it was…  More info

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts
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$1,044.85

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 121125) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

From the dearly departed distillery Caperdonich comes this 20 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd. You don't often see Caperdonich single malt as a lot of their output…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 121125) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$82.27

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 9) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 54.6%
Littlemill

This was distilled at the Littlemill distillery in 1992 before a single cask maturation. It was aged in cask number 9 for 20 years before bottling at natural cask strength in 2012. A delicious whisky…  More info

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 9) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$78.80

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 11) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 54.5%
Littlemill

Distilled two years before Littlemill was closed for the final time, this is an exciting single cask release from Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 11) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
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$93.79

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 10) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 54.9%
Littlemill

A delightful 20 year old Littlemill from Berry Brothers & Rudd. 1992 vintage Lowland whisky.  More info

Littlemill 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 10) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$93.79

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery in October 1992 before a 20 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range in January 2013.  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 12/808) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.7%
Caperdonich

A cracking cask-strength offering from closed Speyside distillery Caperdonich.  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 12/808) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$65.55

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 Cask 46244 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.7%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery on the 3rd April 1992 before a 20 year maturation in a single cask (hogshead 46244). It was bottled for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection in 2012.…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 Cask 46244  - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.7%
Caperdonich

This is a superb single cask Caperdonich from Duncan Taylor's impressive Rarest of the Rare range. It was distilled in April 1992 before a 20 year maturation in cask 46215. It was bottled at natural…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1992 - Rarest of the Rare  (Duncan Taylor)

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)

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)

Rosebank 20 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

70cl, 62.3%
Rosebank

A very rare bottling from the now silent Rosebank distillery, a cask strength release, aged for 20 years. Bottled as part of the Rare Malts range.  More info

Rosebank 20 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

Brora 20 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

70cl, 58.1%
Brora

An incredibly rare, cask strength Brora (a closed Highland distillery) from Diageo's legendary Rare Malts range. This was distilled in 1982 and aged for 20 years. Stunning stuff!  More info

Brora 20 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts
$321.16

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50246 & 50247) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.6%
Imperial

21 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in September 1995 and cracked open in October 2016. It was…  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50246 & 50247) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$85.11

Littlemill 21 Year Old 2nd Release

70cl, 47%
Littlemill

The second release of 21 year old single malt from Littlemill, a Lowland distillery with a long history. It was founded all the way back in 1772, but it was sadly closed in the early 1990s and…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 2nd Release
$471.59

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1992 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 55.4%
Littlemill

An independently bottled Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992, before the distillery closed its doors. It was bottled in 2013 by Part Des Anges for their Closed Distilleries range.  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1992 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
$278.65

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46222) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.9%
Caperdonich

A very handsome Duncan Taylor Single bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery. This was distilled in April 1992 and bottled in January 2014 at 54.9% ABV. 105…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46222) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 10769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.7%
Caperdonich

A rare bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, matured in a single refill hogshead for 21 years. This was distilled in July 1994, a while before the distillery…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 10769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 59.4%
Coleburn

A cask strength edition, 1979 vintage, part of Diageo's Rare Malts range, this 21 year old proffers a rare chance to sample a single malt from the now closed Coleburn distillery.  More info

Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 52.4%
Littlemill

Distilled the year before production at this Lowland distillery ceased forever, this Littlemill single cask is one of the finite remaining gifts one of Scotland's oldest distilleries has left us. And…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46220) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.5%
Caperdonich

A deluxe bottling of single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Caperdonich, which was sadly mothballed in 2002. Bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Single range, this 21 year old whisky comes in a…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46220) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 55.3%
Rosebank

A Diageo Special Release of Rosebank single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992, a year before the Lowlands distillery closed. Matured in refill American oak casks and bottled for the 2014 Special…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (2014 Special Release)
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$313.35

Dallas Dhu 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.9%
Dallas Dhu

This is a 21 year old Dallas Dhu single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Rare Malts collection. A 1975 vintage whisky from a long closed distillery - as you can imagine, it's not every day…  More info

Dallas Dhu 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
$402.65

Brora 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.9%
Brora

While Brora remains closed (wishing on a shooting star for it to reopen hasn't worked... Yet), you can still find bottles of their single malt floating around in the world, like this Rare Malts…  More info

Brora 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts
$767.00

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