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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...

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6101) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A 27 year old, single cask Port Ellen, need we say more? Well, just in case we'll add that it was distilled in Spring 1983 (just before the legendary distillery closed for good) and was bottled in…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6101) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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Caperdonich 28 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distilled in June 1982 and aged in a refill hogshead for 28 years before bottling in September 2010. A release of 310 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Caperdonich 28 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 6733 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 47.7%
Caperdonich

A 37 Year Old release from the (now Mothballed) Caperdonich distillery, owned by Chivas Brothers. The outturn of this cask was only 150 bottles. Supremely collectable.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 6733 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 48.6%
Port Ellen

27 year old Port Ellen distilled in 1982. This is rare whisky, aged in Bourbon casks and finished in ChÔteau D'Yquem sauternes barrels. This was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009, and…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
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Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7437 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.5%
Caperdonich

Distilled in November 1972 and aged for 37 years in cask number 7437. This was bottled in July 2010 at Cask Strength for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Rare Auld range. A release of 161 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7437 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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Ladyburn 1973

70cl, 50.4%
Ladyburn

Just 3,000 bottles were released, a 27 year old, single cask edition, distilled in 1973 at the now closed Ladyburn distillery. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Ladyburn 1973
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Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)

70cl, 48.6%
Ladyburn

It's incredibly rare to see a bottling of Ladyburn single malt Scotch whisky, seeing as the distillery was closed in 1975 after only being founded on the Girvan grain distillery site nine years…  More info

Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)
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Caledonian 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 900002) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.9%
Caledonian

Single grain whisky from a closed distillery, matured for almost four decades in a single hogshead. This was distilled in April 1976 and set aside for 39 years until August 2015, when it was bottled…  More info

Caledonian 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 900002) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 6740) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

From the closed Caperdonich distillery in Speyside comes this supreme single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled all the way back in 1972, when we first got a taste for the video-game Pong in the…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 6740) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
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Littlemill 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 10349) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.2%
Littlemill

A Directors' Cut bottling of Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 25 years. The distillery was closed in the 1990s and unfortunately destroyed in a fire in the 2000s.…  More info

Littlemill 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 10349) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
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Littlemill 27 Year Old 1985 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

This was distilled at Littlemill in 1985 before a 27 year maturation in a single cask (number 110). It was bottled in 2012 for Vintage Malt Whisky Company's Coopers Choice range.  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1985 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
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Caperdonich 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 54%
Caperdonich

A particularly sublime sherried single malt from the Caperdonich Distillery, independently bottled for the Darkness range! It's a 23 year old expression from the closed distillery, which has enjoyed…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.3%
Port Ellen

An amazing single cask Port Ellen, the legendary defunct Islay distillery. This was distilled in November 1979 and aged for a massive 30 years before bottling by Douglas Laing in August 2010. A…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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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)
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Coleburn 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Coleburn

A 27 year old bottling from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range, single malts from the Coleburn distillery are decidedly rare and this refill sherry matured expression is a wonderful…  More info

Coleburn 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

This is a previous Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Port Ellen. The Port Ellen distillery closed in 1983 and today only the maltings remain in use. This Port Ellen was bottled in 2001 and offers a rare…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
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North Port-Brechin 1981 (bottled 2005) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
North Port

This old bottling from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range is a rare example of single malt from the closed North Port distillery (listed as North Port-Brechin on the label, as it was…  More info

North Port-Brechin 1981 (bottled 2005) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Brora 28 Year Old 1981 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.4%
Brora

A very rare Brora. This single cask was bottled by Douglas Laing, and there are just 93 bottles! Distilled in June 1981 and matured for 28 years before bottling in November 2009.  More info

Brora 28 Year Old 1981 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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*COMPETITION* Port Ellen 41 Year Old 1982 Single Cask Whisky (Master of Malt) Ticket

70cl, 52.1%
Port Ellen

Our Competitions offer you the chance to win some of the world’s rarest and most exclusive whiskies like this Port Ellen worth thousands of pounds! Something exceedingly special from our stash…  More info

*COMPETITION* Port Ellen 41 Year Old 1982 Single Cask Whisky (Master of Malt) Ticket

*COMPETITION* Imperial 26 Year Old - Marriage (The Single Malts of Scotland) Whisky Ticket

70cl, 44.8%
Imperial

Our Competitions offer you the chance to win some of the world’s rarest and most exclusive whiskies! Whisky from the now-closed and missed Imperial distillery here, a marriage of three single…  More info

*COMPETITION* Imperial 26 Year Old - Marriage (The Single Malts of Scotland) Whisky Ticket

Caledonian 48 Year Old 1974 Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 48.6%
Caledonian

A marvellous 48-year-old single grain from the Caledonian Distillery, distilled back in 1974 and aged in a single refill hogshead for nearly five decades. It was bottled in October 2022 at 48.6% ABV…  More info

Caledonian 48 Year Old 1974 Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Littlemill 45 Year Old 250th Anniversary Release

75cl, 41.8%
Littlemill

To commemorate 250 years since its founding, Littlemill has bottled up this astonishing single malt, and at 45 years old, it's the distillery's oldest release to date. Littlemill's master blender…  More info

Littlemill 45 Year Old 250th Anniversary Release

*COMPETITION* Caperdonich 22 Year Old 2000 (cask 29480) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) Whisky Ticket

70cl, 57.6%
Caperdonich

Our Competitions offer you the chance to win some of the world’s rarest and most exclusive whiskies! A Speyside single malt Scotch whisky that was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery and then…  More info

*COMPETITION* Caperdonich 22 Year Old 2000 (cask 29480) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) Whisky Ticket

Caperdonich 23 Year Old - Forgotten Gems

70cl, 47.8%
Caperdonich

Ever tried a single malt from Caperdonich? You don't see these all that often, with the majority of the distillery's whisky destined for blends, so this addition to the independent Forgotten Gems…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old - Forgotten Gems

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57%
Glenury

A fantastic Rare Malts bottling of Glenury Royal single malt Scotch whisky, from the sadly closed and demolished Glenury distillery in Stonehaven. This release was distilled in 1970 and bottled at…  More info

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

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