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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...

The Half-Century Blend - Batch 2

70cl, 46.4%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Half Century Blend from The Blended Whisky Company displays a reverence for the era of whisky production where though production methods were not as efficient, the resulting whisky was simply…  More info

The Half-Century Blend - Batch 2
$660.35

Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 47.1%
Glen Mhor

A very exciting independent bottling of 50 year old Glen Mhor single malt Scotch whisky - a rare whisky from a distillery which closed back in the early 1980s. This particularly bottling was…  More info

Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$2,962.45

Carsebridge 43 Year Old 1973 (cask 12653) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.3%
Carsebridge

A rare bottling of Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, distilled in May 1973 and bottled in June 2016. Whiskies from closed distilleries (like Carsebridge) are highly sought-after by enthusiasts…  More info

Carsebridge 43 Year Old 1973 (cask 12653) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$263.99

Garnheath 43 Year Old 1974 (cask 11619) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.5%
Garnheath

A rare (and very well-aged) example of Garnheath single grain Scotch whisky! Garnheath closed in the late '80s, but you can still get your hands on their whisky via indie bottlings like the wonderful…  More info

Garnheath 43 Year Old 1974 (cask 11619) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$292.81
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Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 6740) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

From the closed Caperdonich distillery in Speyside comes this supreme single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled all the way back in 1972, when we first got a taste for the video-game Pong in the…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 6740) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
1
$1,370.33 $1,290.77

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11341) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.9%
Caledonian

Single cask Caledonian single grain, aged for 40 years and independently bottled by Douglas Laing! This was distilled in April 1976 (around 12 years before the distillery was closed) and aged in a…  More info

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11341) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$322.83

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 53.3%
Caledonian

A single grain whisky in the Special Releases! The first since 2011's Port Dundas and only the second ever as far as we can remember. Caledonian grain distillery in Edinburgh closed in 1988 and is…  More info

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)
$856.80

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 12024) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.7%
Carsebridge

An indie bottling of 40 year old Carsebridge single grain - it could only be from Douglas Laing's incredible Xtra Old Particular range! This whisky was distilled back in October 1976 and bottled in…  More info

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 12024) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$253.36

North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 50.4%
North Port

A very rare release of single malt Scotch whisky from North Port-Brechin (the distillery had various named during its lifetime, two most notably North Port and Brechin), which closed in 1983 and was…  More info

North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$1,482.89

Carsebridge 38 Year Old 1976 (cask 130950) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.8%
Carsebridge

Well aged grain whisky from the closed Carsebridge distillery, bottled by Signatory for La Maison du Whisky's Hogshead series. It spent over 38 years in a single cask between October 1976 and August…  More info

Carsebridge 38 Year Old 1976 (cask 130950) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
1
$356.29

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.4%
Banff

Duncan Taylor only use rare, well aged whisky for their Tantalus range of releases, and this Banff single malt Scotch whisky fits the bill very well indeed. The Banff distillery closed in 1983, but…  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,248.72

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979 - 17th Release (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 51%
Port Ellen

Well, well, well. It wouldn't be Diageo Special Releases without a Port Ellen expression, and this one really is rather lovely. Diageo's done the sums, and this is the oldest Port Ellen ever released…  More info

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979 - 17th Release (Special Release 2017)
$2,883.46

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 51.1%
Glenlochy

A 35 year old Glenlochy single malt, aged in a single hogshead cask (#3232) from November 1980 to December 2015. Not much of this around these days, as the distillery was closed back in 1983. 218…  More info

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$1,045.64

Brora 34 Year Old 1982 (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 51.9%
Brora

2017's Special Release Brora is the sixteenth in the series from this celebrated closed coastal distillery. Distilled in 1982, by which time far less peat was being used than during previous decade,…  More info

Brora 34 Year Old 1982 (Special Release 2017)
$1,595.91

Glen Mhor 34 Years Old 1975 (cask 6034) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 43.7%
Glen Mhor

34 year old single malt Scotch whisky, distilled by Glen Mhor in 1975, around 8 years before the distillery was closed (and eventually demolished). This well-matured single malt Scotch whisky comes…  More info

Glen Mhor 34 Years Old 1975 (cask 6034) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,282.27

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1978 (cask 5781) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.2%
Inverleven

34 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Inverleven distillery, which has been closed since 1991. Luckily, we've got independent bottlers like Duncan Taylor who are more than happy to present…  More info

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1978 (cask 5781) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,003.81

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 11481) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.5%
Port Ellen

Another knockout Douglas Laing bottling for the Xtra Old Particular range, this Port Ellen 34 Year Old was distilled in May of 1982, before it was charged from one refill hogshead cask and bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 11481) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1,606.98

Port Ellen 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.5%
Port Ellen

It's the sixth batch of Port Ellen independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and the first to boast an age statement on its label - this right here is a 33 year old single malt from…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
5
$1,100.61

Caledonian 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.3%
Caledonian

Founded in 1855 and originally called Edinburgh distillery, Caledonian (or 'The Cally' as it was known by those who worked there) was located by Haymarket station in Edinburgh. Once home the largest…  More info

Caledonian 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$167.24

Caledonian 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 51.5%
Caledonian

A yummy 33 year old single cask bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the now closed Caledonian distillery! Distilled in October 1982 and bottled in January 2016, it aged in cask number 1254, a…  More info

Caledonian 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$235.49

Port Ellen 1983 (bottled 2016) (cask 16055) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 57.1%
Port Ellen

Indie bottlings of Port Ellen always cause lots of excitement among whisky enthusiasts, as the distillery has long been closed and sorely missed. This right here is a single cask bottling from the…  More info

Port Ellen 1983 (bottled 2016) (cask 16055) - Malts of Scotland
$1,315.29

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1983 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.4%
Port Ellen

Port Ellen is arguably the most legendary of Scotland's closed whisky distilleries. Residing on the Isle of Islay, Port Ellen's stills sadly fell silent in 1983, but whisky enthusiasts continue to…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1983 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$1,854.56

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 55.6%
Port Ellen

33 year old Port Ellen, anyone? This indie bottling of single malt from the legendary closed distillery was bottled by Douglas Laing in honour of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary - that's quite…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$1,485.90

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11120) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.6%
Port Ellen

A single cask bottling of rare Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by Douglas Laing. This was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery shut its doors for the final…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11120) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1,482.93

Convalmore 32 Year Old 1984 (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 48.2%
Convalmore

Convalmore is a familiar face in the Diageo Special Releases line-ups, with the 2017 outturn marking the closed distillery's fourth appearance in the series. And this superb 32 year old shows exactly…  More info

Convalmore 32 Year Old 1984 (Special Release 2017)
$1,316.34

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