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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...

Rosebank 1989 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Rosebank

Rosebank from before the distillery closed which was selected by revered independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. That is a surefire formula for success and you can bet it will be a delicious whisky.…  More info

Rosebank 1989 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
£499

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

Do you happen to like exciting things? Well, here's a treat for you then - an independent bottling of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky. The Islay distillery sadly closed in the 1980s, but…  More info

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
£1,999

Rosebank 20 Year Old 1990 (cask 607) - Chieftain's (Ian MacLeod)

70cl, 46%
Rosebank

Rosebank single malt here, distilled in February 1990 and aged in a single cask (#607) before it was bottled in June 2010 by Ian MacLeod for the Chieftain's series. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Rosebank 20 Year Old 1990 (cask 607) - Chieftain's (Ian MacLeod)
£499

Rosebank 18 Year Old 1990 (cask 614) - Chieftain's (Ian MacLeod)

70cl, 46%
Rosebank

Whisky from the famous Lowland distillery Rosebank before it closed. This single malt was distilled in February 1990, aged in a single sherry cask (#614), and then bottled in September 2008 at 46%…  More info

Rosebank 18 Year Old 1990 (cask 614) - Chieftain's (Ian MacLeod)
£499

Imperial 26 Year Old - Marriage (The Single Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 44.8%
Imperial

Whisky from the now-closed and missed Imperial distillery here, a marriage of three single malts distilled in 1995 and aged in American oak refill barrels for 26 years. Just 198 bottles were filled…  More info

Imperial 26 Year Old - Marriage (The Single Malts of Scotland)
£849.95

Rosebank 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Rosebank

An ultra rare 8 year old from the closed Rosebank distillery. Whisky from Rosebank has become legendary for its incredible Lowland character. This was bottled for The Distillers Agency. This…  More info

Rosebank 8 Year Old - 1980s
£599

North Port-Brechin 1981 (bottled 1998) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
North Port

A 1998 vintage bottling of rare North Port-Brechin single malt, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 1998 for the Connoisseurs Choice range. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

North Port-Brechin 1981 (bottled 1998) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
£499
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St. Magdalene 1980 (bottled 1995) - Centenary Reserve (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
St. Magdalene

Distilled at the now closed St Magdalen distillery in 1980, this rare Lowland single malt was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 1995 for its Centenary Reserve series. This bottle was part of a…  More info

St. Magdalene 1980 (bottled 1995) - Centenary Reserve (Gordon & MacPhail)
£899
£699

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)
£3,999
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Littlemill 45 Year Old - The Vanguards Collection No.1 Robert Muir

70cl, 50.5%
Littlemill

From Scotland’s oldest licensed distillery, Littlemill, comes a very old whisky. The first chapter of the new series, The Vanguard Collection, this 45-Year-Old whisky was created from the oldest and…  More info

Littlemill 45 Year Old - The Vanguards Collection No.1 Robert Muir
£10,772.45
£9,466.67

Glenury Royal 35 Year Old 1984 (cask 2335) - Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary

70cl, 49.1%
Glenury

The Glenury distillery was in operation for over 160 years until it closed its doors for the final time in 1985, making this just the sort of rare single malt that would be suitable to mark a very…  More info

Glenury Royal 35 Year Old 1984 (cask 2335) - Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary
£1,999

Coleburn 47 Year Old 1972 (cask 3511) - Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary

70cl, 62.4%
Coleburn

A rare offering from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, released to celebrate its 125th anniversary. This 1972 vintage single malt hails from Speyside's Coleburn distillery, which ceased…  More info

Coleburn 47 Year Old 1972 (cask 3511) - Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary
£2,750

Caperdonich 1972 (bottled 2011) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

A collectible old bottling from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice series, this single malt was distilled at Speyside's long-lost Caperdonich distillery in 1972. The whisky matured in a first…  More info

Caperdonich 1972 (bottled 2011) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
£1,200

Imperial 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46.5%
Imperial

In the digital sanctum of Speyside's long-closed Imperial Distillery, a single malt Scotch whisky began its manifestation — an elixir borne of the virtual threads that weave the fabric of your very…  More info

Imperial 25 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
£399.95
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Glenugie 30 Year Old 1980 - Deoch an Doras

70cl, 52.1%
Glenugie

Official bottlings of Glenugie single malt Scotch whisky are rare as hen's teeth, considering the distillery was closed in 1983. This is the second release from the Deoch an Doras range of official…  More info

Glenugie 30 Year Old 1980 - Deoch an Doras
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Millburn 25 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.9%
Millburn

Distilled at Millburn in 1975 and aged for 25 years before bottling in 2001 for Diageo's Rare Malts range. These bottles were part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos…  More info

Millburn 25 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
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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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Coleburn 1972 (bottled 1993) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Coleburn

A very rare bottling of Coleburn's single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1972 and bottled in 1993 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choices range. A little-known distillery in Speyside,…  More info

Coleburn 1972 (bottled 1993) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Port Ellen 33 Year Old - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.5%
Port Ellen

It's the sixth batch of Port Ellen independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and the first to boast an age statement on its label - this right here is a 33 year old single malt from…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Special Release)

70cl, 55.7%
Brora

Just 2,958 individually numbered bottles were released. This Brora 30 year old was matured in refill American and European oak casks and was released in September of 2007. Please note: The…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Special Release)
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Convalmore 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Convalmore

A 23 year old expression from Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled at the now silent Convalmore distillery in 1984 and matured in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in July of 2008.  More info

Convalmore 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Glen Mhor 1980 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Mhor

Distilled at Glen Mhor in 1980 and bottled in 2006, an old bottling for a now closed distillery.  More info

Glen Mhor 1980 (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Port Ellen 16 Year Old 1970 - Connoisseur's Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
Port Ellen

From the now-silent Port Ellen distillery comes this impressive 16 Year Old! The Islay whisky was distilled in 1970 and bottled just a few years after the distillery closed its doors, by Gordon &…  More info

Port Ellen 16 Year Old 1970 - Connoisseur's Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 52.4%
Littlemill

Distilled the year before production at this Lowland distillery ceased forever, this Littlemill single cask is one of the finite remaining gifts one of Scotland's oldest distilleries has left us. And…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Caledonian 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 51.5%
Caledonian

A yummy 33 year old single cask bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the now closed Caledonian distillery! Distilled in October 1982 and bottled in January 2016, it aged in cask number 1254, a…  More info

Caledonian 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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