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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 22 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt) (59.2%)

70cl, 59.2%
Caperdonich

Single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Caperdonich distillery, which we've bottled for our Single Cask Series. The distillery began life with the catchy name Glen Grant #2, but soon closed a…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1995 - Single Cask (Master of Malt) (59.2%)
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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
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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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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
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Port Ellen - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.1%
Port Ellen

Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Epic stuff. Despite the distillery closing its doors in 1983, Port Ellen still has a massive following of fans around…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.1%
Rosebank

Distilled in 1981 at the now silent Rosebank distillery and matured for 22 years before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts
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Caledonian 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.3%
Caledonian

Founded in 1855 and originally called Edinburgh distillery, Caledonian (or 'The Cally' as it was known by those who worked there) was located by Haymarket station in Edinburgh. Once home the largest…  More info

Caledonian 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.1%
Port Ellen

Douglas Laing properly go for it with their Old and Rare Platinum range, picking only the most ridiculously desirable whiskies to join the impressive selection. Speaking of ridiculously desirable,…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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Rosebank 1989 (bottled 2002) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Rosebank

This single malt Scotch whisky was distilled by Rosebank in the year 1989, then bottled in 2002 by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Conoisseurs Choice series. Rosebank has been closed for quite a…  More info

Rosebank 1989 (bottled 2002) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11587) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.9%
Carsebridge

A rare bottling of Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, distilled in October 1976 and bottled 40 years later in February 2017 by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range. Carsebridge is…  More info

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11587) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - 9th Release (2009 Special Release)

70cl, 57.7%
Port Ellen

A very rare, hotly anticipated Port Ellen. This is from the slew of Diageo 2009 Special Releases, this is the 9th release, distilled in 1979 and bottled at cask strength (part of an outturn of 5,916…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - 9th Release (2009 Special Release)
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The XL Blend - Batch 1

70cl, 46.3%
The Blended Whisky Company

The XL Blend from The Blended Whisky Company is crafted exclusively using whiskies aged for at least 40 years. Hence the name - XL means 40 in Roman numerals. It's also particularly XL in terms of…  More info

The XL Blend - Batch 1
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Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 49.9%
Pittyvaich

One of a group of distilleries to feature in the 2015 Special Releases that's rarely seen, in this case because it was only open from 1974 to 1993. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)
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Carsebridge 38 Year Old 1976 (cask 130950) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.8%
Carsebridge

Well aged grain whisky from the closed Carsebridge distillery, bottled by Signatory for La Maison du Whisky's Hogshead series. It spent over 38 years in a single cask between October 1976 and August…  More info

Carsebridge 38 Year Old 1976 (cask 130950) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Garnheath 43 Year Old 1974 (cask 11619) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.5%
Garnheath

A rare (and very well-aged) example of Garnheath single grain Scotch whisky! Garnheath closed in the late '80s, but you can still get your hands on their whisky via indie bottlings like the wonderful…  More info

Garnheath 43 Year Old 1974 (cask 11619) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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Pittyvaich 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Pittyvaich

A Connoisseur's Choice bottling from Gordon and MacPhail, a 1993 vintage from the Pittyvaich distillery. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get…  More info

Pittyvaich 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Brora 24 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.1%
Brora

A 24 year old Rare Malt, very rare as Brora closed in March of 1983. This was distilled in 1977 and released in 2001. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Brora 24 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts
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Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11213) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.1%
Caledonian

An independent single grain Scotch whisky from the sadly shut Caledonian distillery! This was aged in a single refill hogshead cask for 40 years, from April 1976 to June 2016, before being bottled by…  More info

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11213) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%
Port Ellen

Saying that Port Ellen whisky is sought-after is like saying jam is pretty good on toast - a massive understatement! The distillery on Islay closed in 1983, to the disappointment of many who loved…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
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Garnheath 42 Year Old (cask 11524) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (Master of Malt)

70cl, 50.7%
Garnheath

A Master of Malt exclusive Douglas Laing XOP single cask! What's more, it's a 42 year old from Garnheath distillery, which closed back in 1988! Matured in a single refill barrel, the outturn was…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old (cask 11524) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (Master of Malt)
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The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 9

70cl, 52.1%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Blended Whisky Company's Lost Distilleries Blend is an astonishing expression crafted using whiskies exclusively from distilleries which have shut over the years. Though gone, these distilleries…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 9
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Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2016) (cask 16017) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 56.8%
Port Ellen

An independently bottled Port Ellen, distilled in 1982 and bottled 2016 by German bottler Malts of Scotland. It was distilled in 1982, the year before the distillery was closed, and bottled in 2016.…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2016) (cask 16017) - Malts of Scotland
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Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10568) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.9%
Port Ellen

32 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary (sadly closed) Port Ellen distillery on the Isle of Islay. It was distilled in October 1982, the year before the distillery was mothballed,…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10568) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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Littlemill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.4%
Littlemill

Pretty much all of us will end up collecting something at one point in our lives. Whether it's football stickers, VHS tapes or plates with pictures of dogs on them, these collections always take up a…  More info

Littlemill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10146) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.8%
Rosebank

Douglas Laing's Directors' Cut range contains selected old and rare whiskies, and this is no certainly no exception. Rosebank distillery in the Lowlands of Scotland was mothballed in 1993 and never…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10146) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
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