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The Lost Distilleries

The lost distilleries of Scotland 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 Rosebank, St Magdalene, the intensely smoky Brora , Dallas Dhu , and the epic Port Ellen, amongst many, many others...

Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 47.1%
Glen Mhor

A very exciting independent bottling of 50 year old Glen Mhor single malt Scotch whisky - a rare whisky from a distillery which closed back in the early 1980s. This particularly bottling was…  More info

Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$5,118.48

Dallas Dhu 50 Year Old 1969 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.1%
Dallas Dhu

A very impressive 50 year old single malt from the Dallas Dhu Distillery, originally known as Dallasmore. Sadly the distillery closed in 1983, but this whisky was distilled back in 1969 and filled…  More info

Dallas Dhu 50 Year Old 1969 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$7,450.05

Garnheath 46 Year Old 1974 (cask 13924) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 45.9%
Garnheath

A fabulous single grain from Garnheath Distillery, which was closed and demolished in 1986 – just eight years after this whisky was distilled in 1974! It rested for many, many moons in a single…  More info

Garnheath 46 Year Old 1974 (cask 13924) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$373.87

Caledonian 42 Year Old 1976 (cask 12769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.3%
Caledonian

42 year old single grain from the Caledonian distillery, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range - which is reserved for rare, Very well-matured whiskies. This one…  More info

Caledonian 42 Year Old 1976 (cask 12769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$354.89

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
$6,950.36

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.6%
Port Ellen

Douglas Laing has done something astonishing. They've managed to release the oldest independent bottling of Port Ellen single malt to date! This extraordinary (or should it be "Xtraordinary", since…  More info

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)
$3,771.52

Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition

70cl, 46.8%
Littlemill

Though the Littlemill distillery is no longer a thing, the whiskies produced at this Lowland distillery continue to sneak out to whisky enthusiasts - and this is a big one. This is a 40 year old old…  More info

Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition
$6,452.52

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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$5,926.66
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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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$4,849.09

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)
$1,778

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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$2,586.18

North Port Brechin 36 Year Old 1981 (cask 1708) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

70cl, 57.2%
North Port

A rare whisky from the closed North Port distillery (it had many names over the years, with North Port and Brechin among the most well known). This one is 36 years old, distilled in November 1981 and…  More info

North Port Brechin 36 Year Old 1981 (cask 1708) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)
$1,373.91

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)
$1,293.09

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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$219.77

Pittyvaich 30 Year Old (Special Release 2020)

70cl, 50.8%
Pittyvaich

Estimated despatch 24 September Single malt from the Pittyvaich is always a rare and exciting sight, and this one here released as part of Diageo's 2020 Special Releases is certainly exciting…  More info

Pittyvaich 30 Year Old (Special Release 2020)
$431.03

St Magdalene 30 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58.5%
St. Magdalene

A stunning single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary lost distillery St. Magdalene. This 30 year old single cask expression was matured in a refill sherry butt from 1982 to February 2013, then…  More info

St Magdalene 30 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$1,885.75

St Magdalene 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 7662) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
St. Magdalene

A rare bottling of single malt from the St. Magadalene Distillery, which has long been closed. It was distilled in October 1982 and aged in a refill butt for 29 years before being bottled by Douglas…  More info

St Magdalene 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 7662) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$964.43

Rosebank 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.2%
Rosebank

This is the second batch of very exciting Rosebank single malt Scotch whisky to bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, matured for 28 years before being bottled. Rosebank closed in the early…  More info

Rosebank 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$1,248.85
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Littlemill 27 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 47.2%
Littlemill

We've gone and bottled up a 27 year old single malt from the Littlemill Distillery! Though now sadly closed, Littlemill produced some fantastic whiskies during is time (the distillery dates back to…  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$527.96

Rosebank 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.5%
Rosebank

Rare 26 year old Rosebank single malt scotch whisky, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! Rosebank closed back in 1993, but is one of a handful of distilleries that are due to…  More info

Rosebank 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$1,510.70
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Hillside 25 Year Old 1971 - Rare Malts

70cl, 62%
Glenesk

25 year old single malt from the long-closed Hillside distillery, distilled in 1971 and bottled in 1997 for the Diageo Rare Malts range. Not familiar with Hillside? Well, at the time it closed, the…  More info

Hillside 25 Year Old 1971 - Rare Malts
$856.67

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
$457.97

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
$522.63

Linlithgow 25 Year Old 1982 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 51.4%
St. Magdalene

A cask strength release from Murray McDavid's Mission range. This was distilled at the St Magdalene distillery (sometimes known as Linlithgow) in 1982, it was then aged in bourbon casks before a…  More info

Linlithgow 25 Year Old 1982 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$1,023.70
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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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$641.15

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