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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...

Brora Triptych (3 x 50cl)

150cl, 46.3%
Brora

Behold! A breathtaking collection of three never-before-released vintages from the beloved Brora Distillery, in a stunning display cabinet. After closing its doors in 1983, this much-revered…  More info

Brora Triptych (3 x 50cl)

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 47.2%
Littlemill

We've gone and bottled up a 27 year old single malt from the Littlemill Distillery! Though now sadly closed, Littlemill produced some fantastic whiskies during is time (the distillery dates back to…  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Caledonian 44 Year Old 1976 (cask 13925) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.8%
Caledonian

A rare chance to taste the whisky of the closed Caledonian Distillery! This is a 44 year old single grain from Caledonian, distilled all the way back in April 1976 and allowed to age until April…  More info

Caledonian 44 Year Old 1976 (cask 13925) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Glenesk 1984 (bottled 2004) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenesk

A collectible bottling from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range here, distilled by Glenesk! Glenesk was closed in 1985, but in 1984 it distilled this whisky, which then matured until it was…  More info

Glenesk 1984 (bottled 2004) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Imperial 24 Year Old 1995 - Single & Single

70cl, 49.2%
Imperial

A lesser-spotted Imperial single malt! This wonderful Speysider was distilled at Imperial back in 1995, just a few years before the distillery was mothballed in 1998. It was whacked into a single…  More info

Imperial 24 Year Old 1995 - Single & Single
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Dallas Dhu 1982 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail (35cl)

35cl, 40%
Dallas Dhu

This is a half bottle of rare single malt from the Dallas Dhu Distillery, which has long been closed as its doors were shut in 1983. This whisky was distilled the year before, in 1982, and matured…  More info

Dallas Dhu 1982 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail (35cl)

Caledonian 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 18504) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.2%
Caledonian

A pretty special single grain whisky from the Caledonian distillery, which closed back in 1988 - just one year after this whisky was distilled! The Lowlander spent over three decades in a single…  More info

Caledonian 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 18504) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Rosebank 20 Year Old 1981 (cask 411) - First Cask

70cl, 46%
Rosebank

Single cask single malt from Rosebank, which was distilled back in 1981 – a couple years before the distillery shut its doors in 1983. The whisky itself was aged for two decades, and then bottled up…  More info

Rosebank 20 Year Old 1981 (cask 411) - First Cask

Brora 21 Year Old 1982 (cask 279) - First Cask

70cl, 46%
Brora

A rare chance to taste the deliciousness of Brora's excellent single malt Scotch whisky! This is an old indie bottling of Brora from the First Cask folks, distilled back in 1982 and bottled 21 years…  More info

Brora 21 Year Old 1982 (cask 279) - First Cask

Garnheath 46 Year Old 1974 (cask 13924) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 45.9%
Garnheath

A fabulous single grain from Garnheath Distillery, which was closed and demolished in 1986 – just eight years after this whisky was distilled in 1974! It rested for many, many moons in a single…  More info

Garnheath 46 Year Old 1974 (cask 13924) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 16 Year Old 1980 (cask 89/589/47) - First Cask

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

Ooh, is that a rare bottle of Port Ellen we spy? It is indeed! This First Cask bottling is of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled all the way back in August 1980. It was bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 16 Year Old 1980 (cask 89/589/47) - First Cask

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)

Littlemill 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Littlemill

An official bottling from the now silent distillery, Littlemill. This 12 year old has a very unusual flavour. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos…  More info

Littlemill 12 Year Old
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Imperial 24 Year Old 1996 (cask 3420) - Single Cask Nation

70cl, 54.6%
Imperial

This right here is a 24 year old single malt from the closed Imperial Distillery, which was distilled back in 1996, a few years before it shut its doors for the last time. This whisky was aged in a…  More info

Imperial 24 Year Old 1996 (cask 3420) - Single Cask Nation

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 313235) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.8%
Garnheath

An independent bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the seldom-heard-from Garnheath distillery, which operated within the Moffat complex in the Lowlands from 1965 to 1986. This whisky was…  More info

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 313235) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Port Ellen 18 Year Old 1976 (cask 4777) - First Cask

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

Sound the Port Ellen klaxon! This is a rare bottle of single malt from the legendary port Ellen Distillery on Islay, which was distilled in 1976 and matured for 18 years in a single cask. Following…  More info

Port Ellen 18 Year Old 1976 (cask 4777) - First Cask

Carsebridge 43 Year Old 1976 (cask 13717) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.7%
Carsebridge

A superb single grain, single cask whisky from Carsebridge! It was distilled in the Lowlands back in October 1976, just seven years before the distillery closed its doors. It spent over four decades…  More info

Carsebridge 43 Year Old 1976 (cask 13717) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 22 Year Old 1998 (cask 104355) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

70cl, 52.1%
Imperial

A rare chance to taste some Imperial single malt! Though the distillery is closed, indie bottlers like Chapter 7 do sometimes get their hands on some of its remaining stock, and they are exciting…  More info

Imperial 22 Year Old 1998 (cask 104355) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

Littlemill 30 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 57.1%
Littlemill

This awesome indie Littlemill has seen a smashing three decades of maturation! The 30 Year Old was distilled back in 1988, and left in a refill hogshead. The Lowlander was eventually bottled in…  More info

Littlemill 30 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Rosebank 30 Year Old 1990 (Release 1)

70cl, 48.6%
Rosebank

A 30 year old single malt from the Rosebank Distillery, which was distilled in 1990 (three years before it closed) and matured until 2020. It was aged in 62% refill sherry butts and 38% refill…  More info

Rosebank 30 Year Old 1990 (Release 1)

Imperial 30 Year Old 1990 (cask 7531) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 41.7%
Imperial

This Imperial single malt has seen a smashing three decades of ageing! Distilled on 5 September 1990, a single bourbon barrel housed the whisky until it was bottled by Càrn Mòr just two days after…  More info

Imperial 30 Year Old 1990 (cask 7531) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

St Magdalene 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 7662) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
St. Magdalene

A rare bottling of single malt from the St. Magadalene Distillery, which has long been closed. It was distilled in October 1982 and aged in a refill butt for 29 years before being bottled by Douglas…  More info

St Magdalene 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 7662) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.6%
Port Ellen

Douglas Laing has done something astonishing. They've managed to release the oldest independent bottling of Port Ellen single malt to date! This extraordinary (or should it be "Xtraordinary", since…  More info

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 54.7%
Port Ellen

From the Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection, an indie bottling range reserved for incredibly special whiskies, comes an incredibly special whisky. This right here is a 40 year old single malt from…  More info

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 5884) - Distillery Reserve Collection (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 55.1%
Caperdonich

A delicious peaty Speysider, distilled at the now-closed Caperdonich on 20 January 1997. It was left in a second fill barrel until 17 June 2019, when Chivas Brothers emptied the cask. At 22 years…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 5884) - Distillery Reserve Collection (Chivas Brothers)

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