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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...

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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)
£279.99
£259.24
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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)
£434.99
£429.90
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Caperdonich 22 Year Old 2000 (cask 29480) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.6%
Caperdonich

A Speyside single malt Scotch whisky that was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery and then aged in a single cask (29480) for 22 years. Signatory then snapped it up for its Cask Strength…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 2000 (cask 29480) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
£399.95
£356.33
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Caperdonich 25 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 50.6%
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
£519.99
£484.95

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)
£2,274.99

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)
£1,099.99

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
£393.99
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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
£1,888.59
£1,791.46

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)
£599

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
£2,999.95

Dallas Dhu 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.9%
Dallas Dhu

This is a 21 year old Dallas Dhu single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Rare Malts collection. A 1975 vintage whisky from a long closed distillery - as you can imagine, it's not every day…  More info

Dallas Dhu 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
£799

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)
£4,518.28

Littlemill 26 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.5%
Littlemill

Distilled in November 1988, this single malt from Littlemill was filled into a single refill hogshead, where it spent the next 26 years. In March 2015, the cask was opened by independent bottler…  More info

Littlemill 26 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
£999

Littlemill 8 Year Old Green Bottle

70cl, 40%
Littlemill

This edition of Lowland single malt Scotch whisky from the now-closed Littlemill Distillery was bottled after it was matured in oak casks for 8 years at 40% ABV in a green bottle. This bottle was…  More info

Littlemill 8 Year Old Green Bottle
£399

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Convalmore

Independently bottled single single malt Scotch whisky from the Convalmore distillery, which shut its doors in 1985 for the last time. It was distilled 10 years before that, in 1975, and bottled in…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
£1,500

Glen Flagler 8 Year Old All Malt - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glenflagler

Whisky from the now silent Lowland distillery Glen Flagler here, an extremely rare find. The 8 year old malt was distilled and bottled during the 1970's. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Glen Flagler 8 Year Old All Malt  - 1970s
£599

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)
£795.50

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.5%
Port Ellen

A cask strength, very rare Port Ellen. This was distilled in 1978 and matured for 22 years before bottling as part of the Rare Malts range. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts
£2,500

Littlemill 1991 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.5%
Littlemill

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly departed Littlemill distillery, which was mothballed back in 1992 - this whisky was distilled a year prior to this sad occasion. It was…  More info

Littlemill 1991 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
£999

Inverleven 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/09) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inverleven

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Inverleven distillery, which has sadly been closed since 2002. This was distilled in 1986 and left to mature until 2015, when it was…  More info

Inverleven 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/09) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
£699

Lochside 1981 (bottled 1996) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Lochside

1981 vintage single malt from the long-lost Lochside distillery, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice collection back in 1996. A rare find for collectors and anyone…  More info

Lochside 1981 (bottled 1996) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
£499

St. Magdalene 1982 (bottled 2001) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
St. Magdalene

A rare sight from a long-lost Lowland distillery, St Magdalene closed its doors in 1983, just a year after this single malt was distilled. The whisky matured until 2001 when it was independently…  More info

St. Magdalene 1982 (bottled 2001) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
£999

Dallas Dhu Centenary

70cl, 40%
Dallas Dhu

Though the Dallas Dhu distillery is departed, its rare whisky remains. This is a special edition bottling of Dallas Dhu single malt, released in 1999 to celebrate its centenary (despite being closed…  More info

Dallas Dhu Centenary
£599
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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
£385.74
£336.27

Glenugie 1966 (bottled 1994) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glenugie

A delightfully obscure Scotch, perfect for collectors of whiskies from closed distilleries. This single malt was distilled in 1966 at the now-demolished Glenugie distillery, which closed its doors in…  More info

Glenugie 1966 (bottled 1994) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
£799

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