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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...

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)
$96.57

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

70cl, 54.80%
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)
$98.63

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

70cl, 54.50%
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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$98.65

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

70cl, 54.90%
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)
$98.65

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

70cl, 52.40%
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 20 Year Old 1992 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.60%
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)

St Magdalene 26 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
St. Magdalene

Distilled at St Magdalene in the Lowlands in September 1982, and aged for 26 years in refill butt number 4712 before bottling by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range in October 2008. A release…  More info

St Magdalene 26 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Inverleven 27 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51%
Inverleven

A Signatory bottling from the now defunct Lowland distillery, Inverleven. This was distilled on the 14th September 1977, matured for an impressive 27 years before bottling on the 6th April 2005. A…  More info

Inverleven 27 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Littlemill

This was distilled at the Littlemill distillery in November 1991, before a 21 year maturation in a single cask (a refill hogshead). It was bottled in 2013 and comes from the Old Malt Cask range from…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$101.24

Rosebank 19 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Rosebank

This 19 year old Rosebank was bottled under Douglas Laing's cracking Old Malt Cask range. Each whisky is bottled at their preferred bottling strength of 50%, usually from single casks. This was…  More info

Rosebank 19 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Littlemill 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 16) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

Though the Littlemill distillery has sadly been demolished, their legend endures in the remaining whisky they produced, like this single cask release from Berry Bros. & Rudd, distilled in 1990.  More info

Littlemill 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 16) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
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$101.82

Lochside 1990 14 Year Old - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Lochside

A Douglas Laing bottling of the now closed Lochside distillery. Jim Murray scored this rare single cask release 94 points!  More info

Lochside 1990 14 Year Old - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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)
$102.99

Inverleven 31 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.90%
Inverleven

This single cask Inverleven was distilled n the 14th September 1977 and aged for 31 years in bourbon barrel number 3608. It was bottled by Signatory on the 28th April 2009 and it is part of an…  More info

Inverleven 31 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Littlemill 21 Year Old - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 53.60%
Littlemill

A lovely 21 year old Littlemill single malt, bottled by Lady of the Glen. While the distillery may no longer be with us (it was dismantled 1997 and burned down in 2004), independent bottlings like…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$103.46

Caperdonich 19 Year Old - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 54%
Caperdonich

Bottled by up-and-coming independent bottler Lady of the Glen, this 19 year old Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky is very promising if it indicates how good their future releases will be. It was…  More info

Caperdonich 19 Year Old - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

Littlemill 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 32) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 52.30%
Littlemill

Littlemill has been closed and reopened more times than we can count, but it has been closed for a while now, making this single cask release a real treat.  More info

Littlemill 24 Year Old 1988 (cask 32) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$104.39

Caperdonich 36 Year Old 1972 Cask 7446 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.20%
Caperdonich

A single cask Speyside malt, this was distilled in November 1972 and matured in cask number 7446 for 36 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor in September 2009. Part of a release of just 283 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 36 Year Old 1972 Cask 7446 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams

70cl, 49.10%
Imperial

Though the Imperial distillery may have closed a while ago, we can still sample their whiskies through independent bottlings just like this one here! This is a Nectar of the Daily Drams bottling of…  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams
$106.64

Glenugie 43 Year Old 1968

70cl, 43%
Glenugie

A rare 43 year old from the Glenugie distillery, which closed over 25 years ago!  More info

Glenugie 43 Year Old 1968

Caperdonich 39 Year Old - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 42.20%
Caperdonich

A 39 year old Caperdonich (a now closed distillery) from Duncan Taylor's Lonach range, made up by blending under strength and over strength whiskies from single distilleries.  More info

Caperdonich 39 Year Old - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

Littlemill 22 Year Old 1989 (cask 3120) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 55.70%
Littlemill

An independently bottled Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, to let you remember the good old days before the distillery was closed and demolished. This whisky was distilled in March 1989 and left…  More info

Littlemill 22 Year Old 1989 (cask 3120) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$109.07

Convalmore 32 Year Old 1975 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Convalmore

A 32 year old from the Convalmore distillery, distilled in 1975 and matured in a bourbon cask. This single malt is part of a limited release of just 202 bottles and has been bottled at 48%.  More info

Convalmore 32 Year Old 1975 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
$109.63

Glenlochy 27 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.90%
Glenlochy

A 27 year old Glenlochy, bottled at cask strength by Signatory on the 25th June 2008 following maturation in hogshead number 2823. Part of a limited release of just 231 bottles - each being…  More info

Glenlochy 27 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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