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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...

Banff 13 Year Old 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
Banff

13 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Banff Distillery, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. This is an old bottling, distilled in 1974…  More info

Banff 13 Year Old 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Dallas Dhu 23 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Dallas Dhu

A rather fetching bottle of 23 year old Dallas Dhu single malt, originally released to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee (which marked 50 years on the throne, for any of you who aren't…  More info

Dallas Dhu 23 Year Old

Caperdonich 30 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 51.1%
Caperdonich

30 year old single malt from the Caperdonich Distillery, released as part of the Secret Speyside Collection. Though the doors of Caperdonich were closed long ago, its whisky can still be enjoyed…  More info

Caperdonich 30 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection

Caperdonich 22 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.6%
Caperdonich

It's an indie bottling of rare single malt from the Caperdonich distillery, sadly closed for many moons now. It was aged for 22 years before being bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, with a…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Brora 22 Year Old 1972 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.1%
Brora

A brilliant Brora, from the year 1972. Though Brora closed just over a decade after this single malt was distilled in 1983, its resurrection is well under way! The whisky was bottled at 22 years old…  More info

Brora 22 Year Old 1972 - Rare Malts

Littlemill 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 3045) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 53.5%
Littlemill

A rare bottling of Littlemill single malt, distilled back in October 1990 and bottled by Duncan Taylor in August 2013. Only 96 bottles of this collectible whisky were produced, so if you love whisky…  More info

Littlemill 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 3045) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Pittyvaich 30 Year Old (Special Release 2020)

70cl, 50.8%
Pittyvaich

Single malt from the Pittyvaich is always a rare and exciting sight, and this one here released as part of Diageo's 2020 Special Releases is certainly exciting indeed! It's a 30 year old expression,…  More info

Pittyvaich 30 Year Old (Special Release 2020)

Brora 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.9%
Brora

While Brora remains closed (wishing on a shooting star for it to reopen hasn't worked... Yet), you can still find bottles of their single malt floating around in the world, like this Rare Malts…  More info

Brora 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1975 - Adelphi

70cl, 57.1%
Port Ellen

Get a glimpse into the past with this rare bottling of Port Ellen's single malt Scotch whisky from Adelphi! This one was distilled in 1975, and matured for 24 years before being independently bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1975 - Adelphi

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57%
Glenury

A splendid Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch, from the sadly long closed Glenury Royal Distillery in Stonehaven. Distilled in 1970, the whisky was matured for 29 years before being bottled up…  More info

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

Rosebank 9 Year Old 1992 - Adelphi

70cl, 61.8%
Rosebank

Rare Rosebank single malt Scotch whisky ahoy! This is an Adelphi bottling of nine year old Rosebank single malt, distilled back in 1992. A year later, in 1993, Rosebank would shut its doors – a great…  More info

Rosebank 9 Year Old 1992 - Adelphi

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 - 200th Anniversary Release

70cl, 49.2%
Brora

This 40 Year Old hails from the silent Brora Distillery (though plans are under way to revive it!), released to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening. The distillery certainly went all out…  More info

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 - 200th Anniversary Release
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Dallas Dhu 23 Year Old 1974 (cask 2603) - First Cask

70cl, 46%
Dallas Dhu

Though the Dallas Dhu Distillery doesn't produce whisky any more, after shutting its doors in the 1980s, you can still get a taste of its rare single malt via antique bottlings like this! It's a 23…  More info

Dallas Dhu 23 Year Old 1974 (cask 2603) - First Cask

Rosebank 8 Year Old 1989 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 57.9%
Rosebank

A charmingly retro Rosebank single malt, distilled back in April 1989 and matured for eight years. In October 1997, it was independently bottled up by WM Cadenhead at cask strength, a hearty 57.9%…  More info

Rosebank 8 Year Old 1989 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 1994) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

A rather rare bottling from Islay's legendary and long-closed Port Ellen Distillery. This exceptional 1979 vintage single malt was selected by indie bottler Gordon & MacPhail (also legendary, and…  More info

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 1994) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

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)

Glenlochy 1974 - Gordon & MacPhail

75cl, 67.3%
Glenlochy

A rather rare little gem from the back catalogue of indie bottler Gordon and MacPhail. This single malt was distilled in 1974 at the Highland-based Glenlochy Distillery – not a name we see around too…  More info

Glenlochy 1974 - Gordon & MacPhail

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1983 – Eidolon (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.5%
Port Ellen

An excellent rare whisky from Hunter Laing's Eidolon series, this is a 36 year old Port Ellen! This was distilled in 1983, the very same year the distillery closed its doors (though it is now being…  More info

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1983 – Eidolon (Hunter Laing)

Imperial 25 Year Old 1995 (cask 7861) - The Single Malts of Scotland

70cl, 54%
Imperial

From The Single Malts of Scotland independent bottling range comes an exciting example of whisky from a closed distillery – specifically, this one was distilled by Imperial back in 1995, a few years…  More info

Imperial 25 Year Old 1995 (cask 7861) - The Single Malts of Scotland

Rosebank 13 Year Old 1991 (cask 4719 & 20) - Signatory

70cl, 43%
Rosebank

A rather wonderful single malt from Rosebank right here – not something you come across too often these days! Distilled in 1991 – just two years before Rosebank sadly shut down its stills in 1993.…  More info

Rosebank 13 Year Old 1991 (cask 4719 & 20) - Signatory

Rosebank 1989 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Rosebank

Look what we have here! It's a single malt from Rosebank, distilled in 1989 and bottled up in 2000 by Gordon and MacPhail for its Connoisseurs Choice collection. Definitely don't see one of these…  More info

Rosebank 1989 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Caperdonich 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 54%
Caperdonich

A particularly sublime sherried single malt from the Caperdonich Distillery, independently bottled for the Darkness range! It's a 23 year old expression from the closed distillery, which has enjoyed…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
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Banff 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Banff

A 32 year old bottling from the Gordon and MacPhail Connoisseur's Choice range. This single malt from the Banff distillery was matured in refill sherry casks before bottling in 2008. This…  More info

Banff 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Garnheath 47 Year Old 1974 (cask 14618) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.5%
Garnheath

A rare chance to taste the whisky of the closed Garnheath Distillery right here, folks! This single grain Scotch whisky was distilled by Garnheath back in February 1974 and allowed to mature in a…  More info

Garnheath 47 Year Old 1974 (cask 14618) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Glenury Royal 1972 (bottled 2002) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glenury

From Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Old range comes a whisky that is both rare and old. Fits the themes perfectly. It's a 1972 vintage single malt from the Glenury Distillery, which was one of the many…  More info

Glenury Royal 1972 (bottled 2002) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

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