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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)
$48.81

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)
$48.81

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) 20cl

20cl, 50%
Port Ellen

A 20cl Advance Sample from Douglas Laing. This was distilled at the Port Ellen distillery in November 1982 and aged for 25 years in sherry butt number 4673. It was bottled in September 2008.  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) 20cl

Caperdonich 1994 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

Speyside whisky bottled by Gordon and Macphail. One of the rarer whiskies in our collection.  More info

Caperdonich 1994 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$50.28

Caperdonich 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

This is a popular distillery with aficionados. At one point it was known as Glen Grant No.2 after its sister distillery. Legend has it that the two were connected by a pipe to transfer whisky between…  More info

Caperdonich 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$50.75

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)
$51.14

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)
$51.95

Imperial 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Imperial

Distilled in 1991 at Speyside's Imperial distillery. Bottled in 2006 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Imperial 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail
$52.32

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)
$53.73

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)
$56.28

Imperial 1994 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A vintage whisky from Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Label range, this 2012 release was distilled in 1994 at Imperial, a now closed distillery, which in fact spent more of the last century closed…  More info

Imperial 1994 (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$56.80

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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$58.59

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)
$58.83

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)
$59.81

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)
$60.18

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)
$60.68

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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Caperdonich 1999 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

A sumptuous Speyside single malt which slumbered in Sherry butts from 1999 to 2013. This Caperdonich makes for a fine addition to Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice.  More info

Caperdonich 1999 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$62.14

Caperdonich 1980 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Caperdonich

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling from the Caperdonich distillery, this was distilled in 1980 and matured in a refill sherry hogshead for 20 years before bottling.  More info

Caperdonich 1980 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

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

70cl, 57.30%
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)
$63.48

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 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Rosebank

Distilled at the now defunct Rosebank in 1991 and aged for 17 years in sherry and bourbon casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail in 2008.  More info

Rosebank 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$65.02

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)
$68.40

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)
$70.00

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)

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