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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...

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)

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)

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)
$65.59

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 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)

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)

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)

North Port-Brechin 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
North Port

This single malt was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2003, a rare edition from the North Port distillery.  More info

North Port-Brechin 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

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)

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)

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 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)

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53%
Imperial

A splendid Imperial 16 year old, bottled by Duncan Taylor. This is non-chillfiltered and cask stregth, a nicely structured sweetish dram.  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Dallas Dhu 1982 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Dallas Dhu

This was distilled in 1982 at the Dallas Dhu distillery, and bottled after 23 years in refill bourbon casks by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Dallas Dhu 1982 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Imperial 21 Year Old 1976 (Signatory Vintage)

70cl, 43%
Imperial

This whisky is from the moth-balled distillery of Imperial. Although the distillery is currently silent, independent bottlers such as Signatory have bottled previous stock for your delectation.  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1976 (Signatory Vintage)

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)

Rosebank 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Rosebank

A superb triple-distilled single malt from the now silent Rosebank distillery, bottled as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Rosebank 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
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Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.3%
Imperial

Distilled at Imperial in 1995, this was aged for 16 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their fabulous Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller "octave" casks for added pep and zing (also…  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

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)
$78.86

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Imperial distillery. It was distilled in 1996, 2 years before they shut their doors for the last time, and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
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$79.46

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48.8%
Carsebridge

Single grain bottled by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled at Carsebridge in March 1979 and matured for 30 years in cask number 33043 before bottling at natural cask strength in March 2010. A release…  More info

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

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 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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Caperdonich 1968 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

Matured in refill sherry hogsheads, a 1968 vintage from the Caperdonich distillery. A lovely 39 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range.  More info

Caperdonich 1968 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

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)
$82.33

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