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Closed Distilleries

Scotland's closed distilleries 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 ,> St Magdalene, the intensely smoky Brora , Dallas Dhu , and the epic Port Ellen, amongst many, many others...

Kinclaith 40 Year Old 1969 (cask 301445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 47.3%
Kinclaith

Single malt whisky from Kinclaith is extremely rare and highly sought after. Built to provide malt whisky for the Long John blend, the distillery was only in operation for 18 years, between 1957 an…  More info

Kinclaith 40 Year Old 1969 (cask 301445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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$5,468.92

Glen Mhor 22 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61%
Glen Mhor

A very rare whisky from the now silent distillery, Glen Mhor. This was distilled in 1979 and aged for 22 years before bottling in October 2001 for the Rare Malts range. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Glen Mhor 22 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts
$790.51

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.9%
Port Ellen

This is a classic Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the infamous, though sadly closed, Port Ellen distillery on Islay. Matured for 20 years after being distilled in 1978, it was…  More info

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts
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$2,485.87

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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$323.16

Littlemill 25 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2015

70cl, 50.4%
Littlemill

A rare bottling of Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, released for their Private Cellar Edition series. Though the distillery in the Lowlands shut its doors for the last time in 1994 (and much of…  More info

Littlemill 25 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2015
$2,237.29
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Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 (Signatory)

70cl, 53.3%
Kinclaith

A very rare Lowland single cask whisky (extremely rare considering the Kinclaith distillery closed in 1977!). This was distilled on the 28th May 1969 and matured in cask number 301444 for 35 years…  More info

Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 (Signatory)
$2,485.87
$1,988.70

Littlemill 29 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2019

75cl, 47.3%
Littlemill

A rare chance to try whisky from the sadly closed Littlemill Distillery! This is the 2019 edition of the Private Cellar release, and the whisky itself was aged for 29 years before being bottled up at…  More info

Littlemill 29 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2019
$2,734.47

Caledonian 34 Year Old 1987 (cask 7823876) - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.7%
Caledonian

A marvellous 34 year old single grain from the Caledonian Distillery, independently released by Duncan Taylor for the Rare Auld series. Distilled in 1987, just one year before the distillery sadly…  More info

Caledonian 34 Year Old 1987 (cask 7823876) - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
$447.46

Glen Mhor 1966 (bottled 2010) – Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%
Glen Mhor

Here we have a rather rare sight indeed – single malt Scotch from Glen Mhor, a long silent distillery, which closed its doors back in the early eighties. This particular expression was distilled in…  More info

Glen Mhor 1966 (bottled 2010) – Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,187.57

Lochside 1981 (cask 9636) - Murray McDavid

70cl, 46%
Lochside

A chance to drink a piece of history with this single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Lochside Distillery. It was distilled in 1981 before maturing in refill sherry casks for just shy of two…  More info

Lochside 1981 (cask 9636) - Murray McDavid
$591.63

Dallas Dhu 50 Year Old 1969 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.1%
Dallas Dhu

A very impressive 50 year old single malt from the Dallas Dhu Distillery, originally known as Dallasmore. Sadly the distillery closed in 1983, but this whisky was distilled back in 1969 and filled…  More info

Dallas Dhu 50 Year Old 1969 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$6,874.65

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

70cl, 47.1%
Glen Mhor

Cor! Check out this impressive single malt from Glen Mhor! Distilled all the way back on 9th December 1965 – the same week that young rockers The Who were tearing their way up the charts with My…  More info

Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$5,071.19

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 (cask 29498) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.1%
Caperdonich

From the now closed Caperdonich distillery, this Speyside single malt Scotch whisky is a rare slice of history. Distilled in July 2000, the year before the distillery was shut down, it matured in a…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 (cask 29498) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$288.35

Rosebank 8 Year Old 1980s

75cl, 40%
Rosebank

A rather rare bottle of eight year old Rosebank single malt, produced in the 1980s! A real treat for fans of the long-closed distillery, wouldn't it be exciting to crack this one open? This bottle…  More info

Rosebank 8 Year Old 1980s
$994.30

Imperial 23 Year Old 1998 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.8%
Imperial

A rather rare single malt from the now demolished Imperial distillery, bottled up by Hunter Laing, it's a fitting addition to the Old & Rare series. Distilled in July 1998 and filled into a single…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1998 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)
$546.89
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Port Ellen 18 Year Old 1980 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 62.2%
Port Ellen

An old bottling of rare single malt from Islay's legendary Port Ellen Distillery. This WM Cadenhead independently bottling was distilled in 1980, a few years before Port Ellen closed its doors, and…  More info

Port Ellen 18 Year Old 1980 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)
$1,486.55
$1,188.24

Rosebank 31 Year Old (bottled 2022) - Release Two

70cl, 48.1%
Rosebank

To the devastation of its loyal Lowland whisky fans, the Rosebank distillery was sadly closed in 1993. Big news though – after being acquired in 2017, the site is being rejuvenated and the Rosebank…  More info

Rosebank 31 Year Old (bottled 2022) - Release Two

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1995 Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 48.6%
Caperdonich

You don't see much Caperdonich around these days – the distillery closed back in 2002, so it's always good news when an independently bottled single malt arrives at our door. In this instance, the…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1995 Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$188.87

Carsebridge 35 Year Old 1982 (casks 74604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.9%
Carsebridge

A wonderful 35 year old Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, distilled in December 1982. It was then aged in a single cask refill butt and bottled in July 2018 by Signatory for their Cask Strength…  More info

Carsebridge 35 Year Old 1982 (casks 74604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57%
Glenury

A fantastic Rare Malts bottling of Glenury Royal single malt Scotch whisky, from the sadly closed and demolished Glenury distillery in Stonehaven. This release was distilled in 1970 and bottled at…  More info

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 (cask 29481) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.4%
Caperdonich

A rare indie bottling of single malt from the Caperdonich Distillery, which has sadly been closed for a while now. This expression was distilled in August 2000, and aged in a hogshead cask for 20…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 (cask 29481) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (cask 13765) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.3%
Port Ellen

A spectacular 35-year-old whisky from Port Ellen, joining Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular collection of rare whiskies. This single cask, single malt Scotch was distilled in 1983 and left to…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (cask 13765) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Carsebridge 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 74688) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 40.1%
Carsebridge

Superb single grain, single cask Scotch from Carsebridge, distilled in 1982 – the year before the Lowland-based distillery sadly closed its doors for the final time. After 34 years maturing in a…  More info

Carsebridge 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 74688) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Rosebank 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.5%
Rosebank

Rare 26 year old Rosebank single malt scotch whisky, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! Rosebank closed back in 1993, but is one of a handful of distilleries that are due to…  More info

Rosebank 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$1,392.05

Rosebank 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.2%
Rosebank

This is the second batch of very exciting Rosebank single malt Scotch whisky to bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, matured for 28 years before being bottled. Rosebank closed in the early…  More info

Rosebank 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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