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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...

Lochside 52 Year Old 1963 (cask 11835) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.10%
Lochside

Aged in a single refill hogshead (with no artificial colour added, of course) this grain whisky has taken on a gorgeous hue during it's maturation. Aged for over half a century, it was distilled at…  More info

Lochside 52 Year Old 1963 (cask 11835) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$775.98

Carsebridge 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 11847) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 41.50%
Carsebridge

Distilled in October 1965, this grain was bottled by Hunter Laing in October 2015. The outturn of the single refill hogshead in which this whisky spent half a century maturing was just 267 bottles at…  More info

Carsebridge 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 11847) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$590.66

Caledonian 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11836) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.20%
Caledonian

Very, very rare single grain Scotch whisky here from the Caledonian distillery, presented as part of The Sovereign range by Hunter Laing. The Caledonian distillery stood in Edinburgh since 1855,…  More info

Caledonian 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11836) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$285.22

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 53.30%
Caledonian

A single grain whisky in the Special Releases! The first since 2011's Port Dundas and only the second ever as far as we can remember. Caledonian grain distillery in Edinburgh closed in 1988 and is…  More info

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)
$906.44

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

70cl, 48.60%
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 9 years prior.…  More info

Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)
1
$3224.47

Brora 37 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 50.40%
Brora

The fourteenth annual release of Brora single malt in Diageo's Special Releases is also the oldest in the series - a 37 year old 1977 vintage matured in refill American oak hogsheads. A release of…  More info

Brora 37 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2015)
2
$1568.01

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 10914) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.60%
Port Ellen

A 36 year old Port Ellen! Need we say more? Well, it was distilled in May 1979 and bottled by Douglas Laing for their Extra Old Particular range in September 2015. 227 bottles were filled from a…  More info

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 10914) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1350.90

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.50%
Port Ellen

A Hunter Laing bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from one of the most renowned closed distilleries in Scotland - Port Ellen. Distilled at the Islay distillery in September 1978 and aged in a…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$1459.28

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1978 (cask 5781) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.20%
Inverleven

34 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Inverleven distillery, which has been closed since 1991. Luckily, we've got independent bottlers like Duncan Taylor who are more than happy to present…  More info

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1978 (cask 5781) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1038.08

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1978 - 13th Release (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 55%
Port Ellen

Ah, Port Ellen, how we love you. And by 'we' I don't just mean us at MoM towers, whisky fans around the world adore this legendary malt from an Islay distillery that shut down in 1983. Diageo's…  More info

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1978 - 13th Release (2013 Special Release)
$2774.18

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1983 - 15th Release (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 53.90%
Port Ellen

32 year old single malt Scotch whisky from an Islay distillery that was mothballed in 1983 and never reopened. The whisky comes from the final year of production. Matured in refill European oak butts…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1983 - 15th Release (Special Release 2015)
$2900.60

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 49.90%
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)
$302.14

Littlemill 25 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2015

70cl, 50.40%
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
$2452.01

Littlemill 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 57) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

A rare bottling of Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1988 - four years before production at the distillery in the Lowlands was stopped. This independent bottling by Berry Brothers &…  More info

Littlemill 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 57) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$199.01

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 51.80%
Imperial

Indie Imperial! This is a Mackillop's Choice bottling of Imperial single malt Scotch whisky matured in a single cask from December 1990 and bottled in September 2014 with an outturn of 230 bottles.…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice
$221.52

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 (1st Release)

70cl, 56.20%
Port Ellen

Today Port Ellen is a whisky legend, thanks to a myriad of reasons in the early 1980s the distillery was closed. However, this was no judgement on its character or of it's quality, and when the…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 (1st Release)
$3624.55

Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 59.40%
Coleburn

A cask strength edition, 1979 vintage, part of Diageo's Rare Malts range, this 21 year old proffers a rare chance to sample a single malt from the now closed Coleburn distillery.  More info

Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts
$601.87

Pittyvaich 20 Year Old 1989

70cl, 57.50%
Pittyvaich

Part of Diageo's 2009 Special Releases. This 20 year old comes at cask strength, and is part of a limited release of 6,000 bottles.  More info

Pittyvaich 20 Year Old 1989
$199.36

Convalmore 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Convalmore

This was distilled at Convalmore in 1981, and aged for 17 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 1998 for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Convalmore 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$271.87

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 7

70cl, 49.50%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Lost Distilleries Blend is a truly extraordinary whisky made exclusively with malts and grains from renowned, but sadly closed, Scottish distilleries. The surviving stock from these once great…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 7
3
$422.94

Brora 1982 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Brora

This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Brora single malt Scotch whisky, as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. This bottling features whisky which was distilled in 1982, a year before the…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$843.12

1897 Quinine Gin

70cl, 45.80%
1897 Quinine Gin

1897 Quinine Gin is an exciting, inventive London Dry Gin which has been made using cinchona bark - the natural and traditional source of quinine - as well as cold distilled fresh lemon and…  More info

1897 Quinine Gin
2
$48.28

Carsebridge 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 10993) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 40.10%
Carsebridge

A stunning 50 year old Carsebridge grain whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead and bottled by Douglas Laing for their XOP range.  More info

Carsebridge 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 10993) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$322.49

Lochside 47 Year Old 1965 Single Blend (Adelphi)

70cl, 54.60%
Lochside

Founded in 1957, the now closed Lochside distillery produced both grain and malt whisky under the ownership of Joseph Hobbs, much like Ben Nevis. This bottling from Adelphi was matured in a single…  More info

Lochside 47 Year Old 1965 Single Blend (Adelphi)
$299.12

Lochside 1965 47 Year Old (Adelphi)

70cl, 54.60%
Lochside

The Highland distillery of Lochside was founded in 1898 but sadly closed in 1992, then was demolished in 2005. This bottling from Adelphi was distilled in 1965 and is an impressive forty-seven years…  More info

Lochside 1965 47 Year Old (Adelphi)
2
$346.88

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