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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...

The Half-Century Blend - Batch 3

70cl, 47.3%
The Blended Whisky Company

Back in the days of yore ("yore" in the non-specific sense that can mean whatever moment of time we're talking about in any particular sentence), flavour ruled the roost when it came to whisky…  More info

The Half-Century Blend - Batch 3
$656.81
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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)
$5,200.14
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Carsebridge 48 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 43.2%
Carsebridge

A show-stopper of a single grain from the closed Carsebridge Distillery here, which was bottled for the 2018 edition of Diageo's Special Releases. It's actually the only single grain whisky to…  More info

Carsebridge 48 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
$824.04

Garnheath 44 Year Old 1974 (cask 12779) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.8%
Garnheath

Single grain from the sadly closed Garnheath distillery, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range. This one was distilled in February 1974 and aged in a refill barrel…  More info

Garnheath 44 Year Old 1974 (cask 12779) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$339.37

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11341) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.9%
Caledonian

Single cask Caledonian single grain, aged for 40 years and independently bottled by Douglas Laing! This was distilled in April 1976 (around 12 years before the distillery was closed) and aged in a…  More info

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11341) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$322.31

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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$251.33
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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)
$1,516.68

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 53.3%
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)
$852.21
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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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$2,627.44
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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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$2,134.80
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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)
$1,313.72

Brora 34 Year Old 1982 (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 51.9%
Brora

2017's Special Release Brora is the sixteenth in the series from this celebrated closed coastal distillery. Distilled in 1982, by which time far less peat was being used than during previous decade,…  More info

Brora 34 Year Old 1982 (Special Release 2017)
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$1,584.23
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Carsebridge 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 74603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.9%
Carsebridge

A sight seldom seen - single grain from the closed Carsebridge distillery! This was distilled back in December 1982 and aged in a refill Sherry butt until July 2017, when Signatory came along to…  More info

Carsebridge 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 74603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$273.14

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 11481) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.5%
Port Ellen

Another knockout Douglas Laing bottling for the Xtra Old Particular range, this Port Ellen 34 Year Old was distilled in May of 1982, before it was charged from one refill hogshead cask and bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 11481) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1,598.36

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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$234.22
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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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$166.34
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Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1983 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.4%
Port Ellen

Port Ellen is arguably the most legendary of Scotland's closed whisky distilleries. Residing on the Isle of Islay, Port Ellen's stills sadly fell silent in 1983, but whisky enthusiasts continue to…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1983 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$1,844.62
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Convalmore 32 Year Old 1984 (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 48.2%
Convalmore

Convalmore is a familiar face in the Diageo Special Releases line-ups, with the 2017 outturn marking the closed distillery's fourth appearance in the series. And this superb 32 year old shows exactly…  More info

Convalmore 32 Year Old 1984 (Special Release 2017)
$1,311.09
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Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1983 - 15th Release (2015 Special Release)

70cl, 53.9%
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 (2015 Special Release)
$2,626.35
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Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 74690) - Artist #7 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 50.8%
Carsebridge

An independently bottled single grain from the Carsebridge distillery, presented as part of the Artist series by La Maison du Whisky. It was aged in a single hogshead from 1982 and bottled in 2017…  More info

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 74690) - Artist #7 (La Maison du Whisky)
$319.17

Brora 30 Year Old (2003 Special Release)

70cl, 55.7%
Brora

A rare, 30 year old cask strength dram from Brora. The Brora distillery has since been closed and is now used as a warehouse and visitor centre by adjacent distillery, Clynelish. This bottle was…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2003 Special Release)
$1,549.10

Pittyvaich 28 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 52.1%
Pittyvaich

The Diageo Special Releases 2018 features a few surprises and treats, one of which is this single malt Scotch from Pittyvaich Distillery. Why is it so surprising? Well, the distillery was closed in…  More info

Pittyvaich 28 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
$361.27

Imperial 28 Year Old 1989 (cask 1675) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 42.7%
Imperial

Though the Imperial distillery is no longer standing, we can still enjoy its whisky with the help of indie bottlers like Càrn Mòr. This bottling of Imperial Single malt was drawn from a bourbon…  More info

Imperial 28 Year Old 1989 (cask 1675) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$307.11

Littlemill 27 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2017

70cl, 51.3%
Littlemill

The Littlemill distillery was sadly shut in 1994 - and even more sadly demolished almost completely by a fire in 2004. However, the whisky produced at the Lowland-based distillery still sometimes…  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2017
$2,458.30

Littlemill 25 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2015

70cl, 50.4%
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
$2,184.06

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