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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 3

70cl, 47.3%
The Blended Whisky Company

Back in the days of yore ("yore" in the non-specific sense that can mean whatever moment of time we're talking about in any particular sentence), flavour ruled the roost when it came to whisky…  More info

The Half-Century Blend - Batch 3
$641.94
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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)
$5,082.46

Garnheath 44 Year Old 1974 (cask 12779) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.8%
Garnheath

Single grain from the sadly closed Garnheath distillery, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range. This one was distilled in February 1974 and aged in a refill barrel…  More info

Garnheath 44 Year Old 1974 (cask 12779) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$331.69

Caledonian 42 Year Old 1976 (cask 12769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.3%
Caledonian

42 year old single grain from the Caledonian distillery, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range - which is reserved for rare, Very well-matured whiskies. This one…  More info

Caledonian 42 Year Old 1976 (cask 12769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$349.84

Carsebridge 41 Year Old 1976 (cask 12768) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.8%
Carsebridge

41 year old single grain from the Carsebridge distillery, which has sadly sat silent for many years. This one was distilled in October 1976 and left to age in a refill hogshead until August 2018,…  More info

Carsebridge 41 Year Old  1976 (cask 12768) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$328.43

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)
$1,765.49

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)
$832.92
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Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)

70cl, 48.6%
Ladyburn

It's incredibly rare to see a bottling of Ladyburn single malt Scotch whisky, seeing as the distillery was closed in 1975 after only being founded on the Girvan grain distillery site nine years…  More info

Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)
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$2,567.98

Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition

70cl, 46.8%
Littlemill

Though the Littlemill distillery is no longer a thing, the whiskies produced at this Lowland distillery continue to sneak out to whisky enthusiasts - and this is a big one. This is a 40 year old old…  More info

Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition
$6,407.11

Dallas Dhu 36 Year Old 1971 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.2%
Dallas Dhu

A very collectible and well-aged bottling of Dallas Dhu single malt, matured in a single refill hogshead for 36 years - from April 1971 to January 2008. Just 161 bottles of this rare whisky were…  More info

Dallas Dhu 36 Year Old 1971 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$642.00

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)
$1,283.99

Carsebridge 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 74603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.9%
Carsebridge

A sight seldom seen - single grain from the closed Carsebridge distillery! This was distilled back in December 1982 and aged in a refill Sherry butt until July 2017, when Signatory came along to…  More info

Carsebridge 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 74603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$266.95

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)
$1,562.19

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
$1,278.64

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)
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$228.92

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)
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$162.58
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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)
$1,802.88
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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)
$1,281.42
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Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 74690) - Artist #7 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 50.8%
Carsebridge

An independently bottled single grain from the Carsebridge distillery, presented as part of the Artist series by La Maison du Whisky. It was aged in a single hogshead from 1982 and bottled in 2017…  More info

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 74690) - Artist #7 (La Maison du Whisky)
$311.95

Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Special Release)

70cl, 55.7%
Brora

Just 2,958 individually numbered bottles were released. This Brora 30 year old was matured in refill American and European oak casks and was released in September of 2007. Please note: The…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Special Release)
$1,599.63

Port Ellen 29 Year Old 1978 - 8th Release (2008 Special Release)

70cl, 55.3%
Port Ellen

From Diageo's 2008 Special Releases comes a 29 year old single malt from the legendary Port Ellen distillery, which was distilled in 1978. It was drawn from American and European oak casks and…  More info

Port Ellen 29 Year Old 1978 - 8th Release (2008 Special Release)
$1,872.48

Pittyvaich 28 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 52.1%
Pittyvaich

The Diageo Special Releases 2018 features a few surprises and treats, one of which is this single malt Scotch from Pittyvaich Distillery. Why is it so surprising? Well, the distillery was closed in…  More info

Pittyvaich 28 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
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$347.74

Imperial 28 Year Old 1989 (cask 1675) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 42.7%
Imperial

Though the Imperial distillery is no longer standing, we can still enjoy its whisky with the help of indie bottlers like Càrn Mòr. This bottling of Imperial Single malt was drawn from a bourbon…  More info

Imperial 28 Year Old 1989 (cask 1675) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$300.16

Littlemill 27 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2017

70cl, 51.3%
Littlemill

The Littlemill distillery was sadly shut in 1994 - and even more sadly demolished almost completely by a fire in 2004. However, the whisky produced at the Lowland-based distillery still sometimes…  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2017
$2,402.67

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)

70cl, 54.2%
Port Ellen

A rather rare bottling of 27 year old, 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary (and sadly closed) Port Ellen distillery on Islay. This was released in 2006 as part of Diageo's 6th…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)
$2,407.48

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