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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 Golden Age Blend 55 Year Old

70cl, 46.1%
The Blended Whisky Company

This astonishing expression is The Golden Age Blend 55 Year Old, an exceedingly spectacular blended Scotch whisky honouring the 'Golden Age' of Scotch whisky distillation from early 1960s to the mid…  More info

The Golden Age Blend 55 Year Old
$1,040.65
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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)
$7,195.16

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1976 (cask 15243) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53%
Caledonian

Though the Caledonian Distillery is closed, indie bottlers sometimes get their hands on casks of its single grain so we can taste its great whisky! For example, Douglas Laing has bottled up this 45…  More info

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1976 (cask 15243) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$468.27

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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$5,723.89

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)
$1,326.89

Carsebridge 35 Year Old 1982 (casks 74604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.9%
Carsebridge

A wonderful 35 year old Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, distilled in December 1982. It was then aged in a single cask refill butt and bottled in July 2018 by Signatory for their Cask Strength…  More info

Carsebridge 35 Year Old 1982 (casks 74604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$322.62

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (Release No.11535) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)

70cl, 47.9%
Port Ellen

The Character of Islay Whisky Company's Wind & Wave independent bottling series is all about showing off the glorious whiskies from the eponymous island, and this one is particularly glorious indeed.…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (Release No.11535) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)
$4,162.78
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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)
$1,866.46

Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 (Signatory)

70cl, 53.3%
Kinclaith

A very rare Lowland single cask whisky (extremely rare considering the Kinclaith distillery closed in 1977!). This was distilled on the 28th May 1969 and matured in cask number 301444 for 35 years…  More info

Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 (Signatory)
$2,601.77

Caledonian 34 Year Old 1987 (cask 7823876) - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.7%
Caledonian

A marvellous 34 year old single grain from the Caledonian Distillery, independently released by Duncan Taylor for the Rare Auld series. Distilled in 1987, just one year before the distillery sadly…  More info

Caledonian 34 Year Old 1987 (cask 7823876) - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
$468.32

Caledonian 32 Year Old 1987 (cask 23482) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52%
Caledonian

A rare bottling of whisky from the Caledonian Distillery - a wonderful sight! This single grain Scotch whisky was distilled in 1987 (the distillery would be closed a year later in 1988) and matured…  More info

Caledonian 32 Year Old 1987 (cask 23482) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$277.87

Caperdonich 30 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 51.1%
Caperdonich

30 year old single malt from the Caperdonich Distillery, released as part of the Secret Speyside Collection. Though the doors of Caperdonich were closed long ago, its whisky can still be enjoyed…  More info

Caperdonich 30 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection
$853.38

The XXX Blend - Batch 1

70cl, 42.5%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Blended Whisky Company has created yet another incredible whisky with a particularly punchy age statement. The XXX Blend is a 30 year old blended Scotch whisky, with its name coming from how 30…  More info

The XXX Blend - Batch 1
1
$208.10

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57%
Glenury

A splendid Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch, from the sadly long closed Glenury Royal Distillery in Stonehaven. Distilled in 1970, the whisky was matured for 29 years before being bottled up…  More info

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts
$1,555.85

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
$2,076.21

Littlemill 29 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2019

75cl, 47.3%
Littlemill

A rare chance to try whisky from the sadly closed Littlemill Distillery! This is the 2019 edition of the Private Cellar release, and the whisky itself was aged for 29 years before being bottled up at…  More info

Littlemill 29 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2019
$2,861.95

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)
$1,206.13
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Caperdonich 27 Year Old 1992 (cask 4125633) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 56%
Caperdonich

A 27 year old single malt from the sadly closed Caperdonich Distillery, independently bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Octave series. This expression has been finished in a small octave cask, which…  More info

Caperdonich 27 Year Old 1992 (cask 4125633) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$728.49

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)
$1,456.95
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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
$478.72

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
$415.24

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
$2,341.59

Caperdonich 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 52.6%
Caperdonich

Well-sherried single malt from the sadly closed Caperdonich Distillery, independently bottled for the Darkness range. If you love intensely-sherried drams, then you've come to the right place. This…  More info

Caperdonich 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)
$349.63

Caperdonich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.8%
Caperdonich

An exciting bottling of single malt from the closed Caperdonich distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! This is a 23 year old expression, boasting heavy caramel and dark fruit notes…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$249.72

Caperdonich 23 Year Old 1997 - The Nectar of the Daily Drams

70cl, 53.6%
Caperdonich

A cracking single malt from Caperdonich, which sadly ceased distilling in 2001. Distilled in 1997 this expression spent 23 years maturing until it was eventually bottled up by Belgian indie bottle…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old 1997 - The Nectar of the Daily Drams
$423.07

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