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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...

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A rare 25 year old release from the Brora distillery; less than 3,000 bottles were filled. This single malt was matured in American and European oak and exudes nutty, winter spice notes.  More info
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A 27 year old, single cask Port Ellen, need we say more? Well, just in case we'll add that it was distilled in Spring 1983 (just before the legendary distillery closed for good) and was bottled in...  More info
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This was distilled at Glen Mhor on the 22nd September 1982, and it was aged for 29 years in hogshead 1604 before bottling by Signatory at natural cask strength.  More info
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27 year old Port Ellen distilled in 1982. This is rare whisky, aged in Bourbon casks and finished in ChÔteau D'Yquem sauternes barrels. This was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009, and is...  More info
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This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery in October of 1969, and it was aged in cask 3245 for 41 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their Rarest of the Rare collection in May of 2011...  More info
Aged for a whopping 40 years, this Caperdonich is an incredible whisky from Duncan Taylor's Peerless range. Each whisky in the range is aged for at least 40 years in the vaults of the distilleries...  More info
This whisky is from the long-since closed distillery of Port Ellen and despite a whole bunch of distilleries sadly closing in the early 1980s Port Ellen remains one of the most highly regarded...  More info
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A 26 year old from perhaps Islay's most legendary distillery, Port Ellen. This was distilled in Spring 1983 (just a few months before the distillery was shut down permenantly), and it was aged in...  More info
A 22 year old single cask from Mackillop's distilled at the celebrated Rosebank distillery. Rosebank is of course a closed distillery in the lowlands whose whisky was triple distilled. Founded in 1798...  More info
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Just look at how handsome this whisky looks! Look closer and gaze with awe and wonderment at the solid wood, polished presentation case. This was distilled at Caperdonich in the 1st May 1970 and...  More info
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Founded in 1957, the now closed Lochside distillery produced both grain and malt whisky under the ownership of Joseph Hobbs, much like Ben Nevis. This bottling from Adelphi was matured in a single...  More info
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You'd not be blamed for not knowing about Glenury Royal whisky, as the distillery was closed in 1985 and releases of their whisky are rather scarce. However, Gordon & MacPhail got their hands on a...  More info
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A super rare, super old Banff bottled for Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum selection. This was distilled in 1971, and bottled in August 2009 at cask strength.  More info
This was distilled not long before the Port Ellen distillery closed for good. Bottled in August 2009 by Douglas Laing, there are 610 bottles of this, from refill butt number 5441.  More info
This was distilled at the Lochside distillery in 1965. It was then filled into cask 6778 where it rested for the next 46 years before bottling by Adelphi in 2011. It was bottled at natural cask...  More info
The Rosebank distillery is a lost treasure from the Lowlands, her candle faded out in 1993. Since then, her malts have become legendary. This is a Rare Malts bottling, and it's a 75cl bottling. These...  More info
The most recent release of Brora rare, cask strength 30 year old. John Hansell even rated this a whopping 95 points! This is a muscular, powerful dram.  More info
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A brilliant and very rare 36 year old from the Banff distillery. This was distilled in November 1975 and aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling in June 2012. A wonderful single cask whisky...  More info
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A cask strength bottling of 30 year old whisky, bottled as Linlithgow, but distilled in 1973 at the St Magdalene distillery, a superb, well-aged Lowland single malt.  More info
Distilled at Glenlochy on the 4th September 1980, this was aged in a single hogshead for 30 years before bottling for the Signatory's Cask Strength Collection. A release of 224 bottles.  More info
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Though the Glen Mhor distillery has been silent for decades now, some of their whisky still finds its way to bottles somehow - the Glen Mhor legacy continues! This bottling comes to us by way of...  More info
$439.27
A "pure malt" from Glen Mhor, this is an incredibly rare whisky bottled in the days of "proof" and measuring volume in fluid ounces! A great whisky from a now lost distillery…  More info
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Highly anticipated release from Diageo's now defunct Port Ellen distillery. In our humble opinion, perhaps not quite as good as last year's release, but nevertheless still quite special, and will sell...  More info
The 2010 release of Diageo's superb Brora 30yo. A marked improvement on last year's in our humble opinion.  More info
The Highland distillery of Lochside was founded in 1898 but sadly closed in 1992, then was demolished in 2005. This bottling from Adelphi was distilled in 1965 and is an impressive forty-seven years...  More info
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