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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...

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)

Linlithgow 24 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
St. Magdalene

24 year old Linlithgow bottled by Douglas Laing under their 'Old Malt Cask' label. Products in this range are bottled at an abv of 50%. Taken from Refill Hogshead 3560, and part of an outturn of only…  More info

Linlithgow 24 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9822) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Littlemill

From Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range comes a 21 year old Littlemill. Cask 9822 was filled in November in 1991 and bottled in May 2013, producing 315 bottles. Even though the Littlemill…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9822) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Carsebridge 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11339) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.9%
Carsebridge

A single cask bottling of 33 year old Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, aged in a single refill hogshead (which, evidently, imparted a wealth of colour as well as flavour to this whisky). It…  More info

Carsebridge 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11339) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$84.04

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 Cask 9270 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Imperial

This is a very fine, malty Imperial from the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in October 1995 before a 17 year maturation in a single cask (a refill hogshead). It was then bottled in November…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 Cask 9270 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.5%
Imperial

A very tasty, 17 year old Imperial, distilled in 1995 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave range. This was finished in smaller "octave" casks, and the result is additional spice and complexity.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

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)
$85.74

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51%
Imperial

Single malt Scotch whisky from a distillery that was closed for 60% of its century or so long history. (Imperial is now one of the many sadly closed distilleries of Scotland.) Filled back on 21st…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$85.74

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50224 + 50225) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.2%
Imperial

Part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection, this 20 year old single malt from the closed and now demolished Imperial distillery comes from two consecutive hogsheads. Distilled on 18th September…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50224 + 50225) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 50164) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.6%
Imperial

Did this independently bottled Imperial single malt Scotch whisky catch your eye? We don't blame you - it's a 19 year old single cask release from a closed distillery, bottled by Signatory for their…  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 50164) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Glen Albyn 28 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.1%
Glen Albyn

A rare single cask bottling from a closed distillery! This was distilled on the 16th January 1981, matured in hogshead number 51 and bottled by Signatory on the 27th October 2009. Part of a release…  More info

Glen Albyn 28 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 18 Year Old - Chieftain's Ian Macleod)

70cl, 43%
Imperial

An 18 year old from the now silent Imperial Distillery. Part of the highly regarded Chieftain's Choice series from Ian MacLeod.  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old - Chieftain's Ian Macleod)

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

Glen Albyn 29 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.5%
Glen Albyn

Single cask fro the now silent Glen Albyn distillery. This was distilled on the 16th January 1981, aged in hogshead number 50 for 29 years and bottled by Signatory at cask strength in 15th March…  More info

Glen Albyn 29 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Littlemill 25 Year Old 1985 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

Littlemill was closed in 1992 and demolished four years later. Needless to say opne day there will be no Littlemill left, so grab a bottle while you can. This bottle was bottled by The Coopers Choice…  More info

Littlemill 25 Year Old 1985 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$89.35

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1985 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

This was distilled at Littlemill in 1985 before a 27 year maturation in a single cask (number 110). It was bottled in 2012 for Vintage Malt Whisky Company's Coopers Choice range.  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1985 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
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Littlemill 21 Year Old 1990 (cask 18) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

This is a superb 21 year old single cask whisky from Berry Brothers and Rudd. It was distilled in 1990 before maturation in cask 18...  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1990 (cask 18) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$89.59

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 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 74681) (The Grainman)

70cl, 42.6%
Carsebridge

It's The Grainman from The Maltman, or rather Meadowside Blending aka Donald and Andrew Hart. This single grain was distilled at the now-closed Carsebridge in December 1982 and spent over 33 years in…  More info

Carsebridge 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 74681) (The Grainman)
$90.48

Caperdonich 1969 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

A second fill hogshead matured Caperdonich, distilled in 1969 and aged for 40 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Caperdonich 1969 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Glenury Royal 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glenury

A 1976 vintage from Glenury Royal, this was bottled as part of Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Glenury Royal 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 95076) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

A Berry Brothers & Rudd bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery. It was distilled in 1995, around 7 years before the distillery closed its doors for the last…  More info

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 95076) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$92.49

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50254 & 50256) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.8%
Imperial

An Imperial single malt Scotch whisky from Signatory's impressive Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in 1995 and aged in two hogsheads for 20 years. 495 bottles were produced.  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50254 & 50256) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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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$94.48

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)
$94.48

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