With today's whisky boom it's hard to imagine a period when the industry would have been struggling enough to see the closure of any distillery.
With new distilleries being announced up and down the country it's easy to forget that times weren't always so easy and that at several key points in this century some of Scotland's biggest distilleries were forced to close their doors.
Here we take a look at eight of the most famous of those lost Scottish distilleries:
Founded - Mothballed: 1798 - 1993
Once part of the dying breed of triple-distilled Lowland malts - which has recently shown some signs of resurgence - Rosebank sat proudly beside Auchentoshan and Glenkinchie as shining examples of the style.
The malt had a strong and loyal fan base even after it fell silent, however 17 years or so after being mothballed, with no rumblings from owners Diageo about a reopening the distillery building was renovated and turned into flats.
Situated: Port Ellen, Islay
Founded - Mothballed: 1825 - 1983
Probably one of, if not the most, recognisable names on this list, Port Ellen was the victim of the success of its two Diageo stable mates.
When the drinks giant had to choose which of its three Islay distilleries to close in 1983, it was obvious it couldn't pick either the highly popular Lagavulin or its workhorse Caol Ila, therefore the smaller and less popular Port Ellen was chosen. Its stills were removed to be sold on and the rest of its equipment was dismantled.
The distillery now serves as the malting base for most of the island's distilleries as well as some on the mainland and its bottlings have seen a bit of a resurgence on the market as more are released from old stock due to rising demand.
Status: Closed (largely intact)
Founded - Mothballed: 1819 - 1983
A personal favourite of the author of this piece, Brora was built in 1819 by the Marquess of Stafford. Originally named Clynelish it made way for a new, updated distillery built on the same site by DCL (Distillers Company Limited) in 1967, and was set to be closed. However, increasing demand for peated whisky saw the original distillery remain open under the name Brora.
Between 1969 and 1973, Brora produced a heavily peated whisky to supply for Johnnie Walker, in lieu of a shortage of Islay whisky caused by a drought in that region. The whisky produced up until its closure in 1983 remained peated but to a much lighter style.
The release of Brora 40 in 2014 was the most expensive single malt ever released by Diageo at just under £7,000. We imagine it was worth every penny.
Founded - Mothballed: 1831 and 1983
Located to the south of Peterhead, Glenugie was once the most easterly of the distilleries in Scotland (that accolade now lies with Glen Garioch).
Glenugie was silent during most of both the world wars, however the distillery's outlook seemed to be improving in the 50s when new ownership saw it updated and production doubled.
The success was not to last and Glenugie became part of a swathe of malt whisky distilleries that were mothballed in 1983, a sad year for whisky (strangely the year this writer and whisky lover was born).
Founded - Mothballed: 1897 and 1998
Operating for less than half the time it's been in existence, Imperial was never the most prolific of distilleries. The distillery has been opened and mothballed several times in its history and strong rumours were being banded a few years ago that it was about to be reopened.
Those rumours have been laid to rest with the news that the distillery has been demolished by Pernod Ricard with a new distillery named Dalmunach distillery having now been constructed and opened in its place.
Founded - Mothballed: 1795 and 1983
Originally named for the town it was situated in, Linlithgow, which had no less than four other distilleries. It moved to the St Magdalene site (previously home to a leper colony, convent, and hospital) in 1834 to be closer to the local canal.
The distillery then took its name from the site and survived up until 1983 when it was changed into a block of flats which still retains the distinctive pagoda roofs.
Situated: Bowling, West Dunbartonshire
Founded - Mothballed: 1772 - 1997
Situated on the border of what defines the lowlands and the highlands, Littlemill was one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and could trace its origins back to 1772 and possibly earlier.
Littlemill was an experimental distillery, which used Saladin boxes for its maltings and its copper pots were aluminium coated and used rectifying columns instead of swan necks to have greater control over the distillation process.
The distillery produced 3 main types of whisky, made possible by its use of rectifying columns; the first was the eponymous malt which was a light-bodied, traditional lowland while the second was a heavier malt named Dunglas and the third, a heavily peated whisky named Dumbuck.
Founded - Mothballed: 1899 to 1983
Dallas Dhu, which means "Black Water Valley" in Gaelic, is situated between Inverness and Elgin and remains intact but has been mothballed since 1983. Diageo sold the distillery to Historic Scotland and it now operates as a museum.
Rumours have circulated that it could once again return to production but nothing has so far been confirmed.