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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...

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

Port Ellen 40 Year Old - Untold Stories Series

70cl, 50.9%
Port Ellen

Another incredible expression from the Port Ellen Untold Stories Series, this time feature 40 year old (!) single malt from the legendary closed distillery on the south coast of Islay. This…  More info

Port Ellen 40 Year Old - Untold Stories Series
1
$6,526.22

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
1
$2,529.54

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)
1
$328.84

The XXX Blend - Batch 1

70cl, 42.5%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Blended Whisky Company has created yet another incredible whisky with a particularly punchy age statement. The XXX Blend is a 30 year old blended Scotch whisky, with its name coming from how 30…  More info

The XXX Blend - Batch 1
1
$202.32

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 10

70cl, 51%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Lost Distilleries Blend has reached double digits! Yes, The Blended Whisky Company's exceptional blended Scotch whisky created exclusively with malt and grain whiskies from distilleries that have…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 10
7
$354.09
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The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 11

70cl, 52.3%
The Blended Whisky Company

Whiskies produced by distilleries that have closed their doors for the final time has a tendency to become legendary liquid, highly sought after by collectors and cognoscenti alike. These storied…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 11
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$354.09
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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)
2
$5,564.99

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (Release No.11535) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)

70cl, 47.9%
Port Ellen

The Character of Islay Whisky Company's Wind & Wave independent bottling series is all about showing off the glorious whiskies from the eponymous island, and this one is particularly glorious indeed.…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (Release No.11535) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)
$4,047.21
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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 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 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 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

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

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 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

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

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

North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 50.4%
North Port

A very rare release of single malt Scotch whisky from North Port-Brechin (the distillery had various named during its lifetime, two most notably North Port and Brechin), which closed in 1983 and was…  More info

North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$2,301.88

The Golden Age Blend 55 Year Old

70cl, 46.1%
The Blended Whisky Company

This astonishing expression is The Golden Age Blend 55 Year Old, an exceedingly spectacular blended Scotch whisky honouring the 'Golden Age' of Scotch whisky distillation from early 1960s to the mid…  More info

The Golden Age Blend 55 Year Old
$1,011.76

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 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 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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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

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