1. Shopping at Master of Malt is safe and secure.

Currency and Delivery Country

We're just loading our login box for you, hang on!

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...

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)
$58.25

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)
$61.29

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)
$62.72

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)

Rosebank 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 57.90%
Rosebank

The vatting of four bourbon barrels of Rosebank. This was distilled in 1991 and bottled at 16 years - possibly the peak age for Rosebank - by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Rosebank 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

Littlemill 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Littlemill

Distilled at Littlemill in 1991 and bottled in 2007 by Gordon and MacPhail, a single malt from a now closed distillery.  More info

Littlemill 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$64.54

Imperial 1995 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Imperial

Independently bottled Imperial single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1995 and left to mature in refill Sherry casks. It was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Distillery labels series, which…  More info

Imperial 1995 (Gordon & MacPhail)
$64.54

Imperial 16yo 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.80%
Imperial

The Imperial distillery has had a turbulent path over the past few decades. In 1989 the distillery was closed to be reopened two years later, then in 1998 it was mothballed again. Fortunately…  More info

Imperial 16yo 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

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)
$65.40

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

50cl, 47.40%
Littlemill

Pretty much all of us will end up collecting something at one point in our lives. Whether it's football stickers, VHS tapes or plates with pictures of dogs on them, these collections always take up a…  More info

Littlemill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
2

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

70cl, 57.80%
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)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50329) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.90%
Imperial

A rare Imperial from Signatory, a single cask whisky presented at natural cask strength. Closed Distillery Magic.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50329) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$66.63

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

70cl, 57.10%
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)
$66.73

Littlemill 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 53.50%
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, 58.70%
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)
$68.47

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

70cl, 56.80%
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)
$68.47

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

70cl, 58.70%
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)
$68.47

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

70cl, 55.50%
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, 54.80%
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)
$70.86

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)
$72.76

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)
$76.59

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

70cl, 52.50%
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)
$77.39

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)

Recently viewed

We use cookies to help provide you with the best possible online shopping experience. By using this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device. Visit our privacy policy page for more information.