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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...

Caledonian 32 Year Old 1987 (cask 23482) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52%
Caledonian

A rare bottling of whisky from the Caledonian Distillery - a wonderful sight! This single grain Scotch whisky was distilled in 1987 (the distillery would be closed a year later in 1988) and matured…  More info

Caledonian 32 Year Old 1987 (cask 23482) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$270.16

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)
$455.32

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1976 (cask 15243) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53%
Caledonian

Though the Caledonian Distillery is closed, indie bottlers sometimes get their hands on casks of its single grain so we can taste its great whisky! For example, Douglas Laing has bottled up this 45…  More info

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1976 (cask 15243) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$455.27

Caperdonich 18 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

Peated single malt from the closed Caperdonich Distillery, released as part of the Secret Speyside Collection. This particular expression was matured for 18 years in American oak barrels before being…  More info

Caperdonich 18 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection
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$116.31

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1997 (La Distillerie Générale)

35cl, 48.6%
Caperdonich

A fantastic independently bottled single malt from Caperdonich, brought to us by La Distillerie Générale! This peated expression was distilled in December 1997 and allowed to mature in a single…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 1997 (La Distillerie Générale)
$175.68

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)
$293.42

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 - Valinch & Mallet

70cl, 54.1%
Caperdonich

A rare bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich Distillery in the Speyside region, distilled in 2000 and matured in a bourbon hogshead for 20 years. Following that, it was…  More info

Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 - Valinch & Mallet
$341.44
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Caperdonich 21 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

This right here is a rare example of single malt from the long-closed Caperdonich Distillery! It's a peated expression, matured for 21 years in American oak barrels before it was bottled up as part…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection
$242.79

Caperdonich 21 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

The door of the Caperdonich Distillery closed many moons ago, but bottlings of its whisky still make their way into the world from time to time - and that's a marvellous thing! This one is a 21 year…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection
$222.55

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 19130) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 60.5%
Caperdonich

From the Lady of the Glen range comes a rare sight - Caperdonich single malt! The Caperdonich Distillery closed in the early 2000s, so it's not often you get to see its marvellous whisky! This one…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 19130) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$404.67

Caperdonich 23 Year Old 1997 - The Nectar of the Daily Drams

70cl, 53.6%
Caperdonich

A cracking single malt from Caperdonich, which sadly ceased distilling in 2001. Distilled in 1997 this expression spent 23 years maturing until it was eventually bottled up by Belgian indie bottle…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old 1997 - The Nectar of the Daily Drams
$411.33

Caperdonich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.8%
Caperdonich

An exciting bottling of single malt from the closed Caperdonich distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! This is a 23 year old expression, boasting heavy caramel and dark fruit notes…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$242.79

Caperdonich 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 52.6%
Caperdonich

Well-sherried single malt from the sadly closed Caperdonich Distillery, independently bottled for the Darkness range. If you love intensely-sherried drams, then you've come to the right place. This…  More info

Caperdonich 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)
$339.92

Caperdonich 25 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 45.5%
Caperdonich

From the Secret Speyside Collection comes a 25 year old peated single malt produced at the now-closed Caperdonich Distillery! This series of whiskies was created to shine a light on some elusive…  More info

Caperdonich 25 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection
$465.43

Caperdonich 25 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

From the sadly shut Caperdonich Distillery comes this impressive single malt, bottled as part of the Secret Speyside Collection. Though we don't know exactly when this was distilled (before the…  More info

Caperdonich 25 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection
$403.71

Caperdonich 27 Year Old 1992 (cask 4125633) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 56%
Caperdonich

A 27 year old single malt from the sadly closed Caperdonich Distillery, independently bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Octave series. This expression has been finished in a small octave cask, which…  More info

Caperdonich 27 Year Old 1992 (cask 4125633) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$708.27

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)
$6,995.41

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)
$1,814.64

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)
$2,225.99

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
$804.39

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)
$5,160.27

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)
$556.50
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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)
$2,529.54
$2,023.64

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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$5,564.99

Ladyburn 43 Year Old - Forgotten Gems

70cl, 47.6%
Ladyburn

43 year old single malt from Ladyburn! This Lowland distillery fell silent long ago, having only been open for a decade or so, between 1966 and 1975. It's not something you come across too often…  More info

Ladyburn 43 Year Old - Forgotten Gems
$2,525.45

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