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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...

Ben Wyvis 27 Year Old 1972 The Final Resurrection

70cl, 43.0%
Ben Wyvis

A release of 471 rare bottles of Ben Wyvis single malt distilled in 1972 and bottled from what was at the time the final three remaining casks (casks 744, 1058 & 1059) owned by the distillery (one…  More info

Ben Wyvis 27 Year Old 1972 The Final Resurrection
$1624.38

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.8%
Port Ellen

An independent bottling of single malt from the closed and now legendary Port Ellen distillery on Islay. It was bottled in 2006, when the Old & Rare Platinum range was still part of the Douglas Laing…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$1080.53

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 49.9%
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)
$271.63

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)
$949.85

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)

70cl, 59.4%
Port Ellen

The second bottling in Diageo's series of Port Ellens for their annual Special Releases. A rare and sought after whisky from a legendary distillery that stopped producing back in 1983. This bottle…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)
$1733.04

SMWS No. 61.10 18 Year Old 1981 (Bottled 1999)

70cl, 58.3%
Brora

A Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling of Brora single malt - say those words in that order and you're likely to make the ears of every Scotch whisky enthusiast in a two mile radius prick up. This…  More info

SMWS No. 61.10 18 Year Old 1981 (Bottled 1999)
$1081.11

Inverleven 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/09) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Inverleven

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Inverleven distillery, which has sadly been closed since 2002. This was distilled in 1986 and left to mature until 2015, when it was…  More info

Inverleven 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/09) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$370.55

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Convalmore

A 1975 vintage Convalmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old range. Convalmore once resided in the Speyside region, though sadly shut its…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$623.51

Glenesk 1980 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenesk

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenesk single malt selected for their Rare Old series.  More info

Glenesk 1980 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$487.97

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Coleburn

The Coleburn distillery was sadly one of the many losses suffered by the whisky world during the 1980s - luckily, some independent bottlers continue to bottle the whisky which they distilled before…  More info

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$451.86

Glen Mhor 1965 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43.0%
Glen Mhor

A rare and exciting bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from long-silent Glen Mhor distillery. Glen Mhor produced their whisky in the Highland region from the late 1800s until the early 1980s, when…  More info

Glen Mhor 1965 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail
$651.87

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)

70cl, 56.2%
Port Ellen

A rare Diageo Special Release of single malt from the legendary closed distillery of Port Ellen, bottled in 2004! We were lucky enough to taste this release at Fèis Ìle 2011. This bottle was part…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)
$2167.65

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43.0%
Imperial

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Imperial distillery. It was distilled in 1996, 2 years before they shut their doors for the last time, and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
1
$77.80

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 6

70cl, 49.3%
The Blended Whisky Company

A truly extraordinary award-winning series continues - behold, Batch 6 of the Lost Distilleries Blend. This spectacular blended Scotch whisky is produced solely using whiskies from some of the most…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 6
11
$380.23

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 5

70cl, 50.4%
The Blended Whisky Company

The fifth batch of this superb and unique whisky from The Blended Whisky Company. Made exclusively using whiskies from some of the most renowned - though sadly now closed - distilleries in Scotland,…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 5
2
$380.23

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
2
$1298.41

Glenlochy 1979 (bottled 2012) - Rare Old (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46.0%
Glenlochy

This single malt whisky was distilled at the now demolished Glenlochy in 1979. Located in Fort William, the distillery would close just 4 years later. This rare independent release from Gordon &…  More info

Glenlochy 1979 (bottled 2012) - Rare Old (Gordon & Macphail)
1
$541.10

Glen Mhor 1980 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.0%
Glen Mhor

Distilled at Glen Mhor in 1980 and bottled in 2006, an old bottling for a now closed distillery.  More info

Glen Mhor 1980 (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$302.48

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

70cl, 48.1%
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)

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

70cl, 40.1%
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)

Lochside 47 Year Old 1965 Single Blend (Adelphi)

70cl, 54.6%
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)
$268.92

Lochside 1965 47 Year Old (Adelphi)

70cl, 54.6%
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
$311.85

Lochside 46 Year Old 1965 Single Blend (Adelphi)

70cl, 52.3%
Lochside

This was distilled at the Lochside distillery in 1965. It was then filled into cask 6778 where it rested for the next 46 years before bottling by Adelphi in 2011. It was bottled at natural cask…  More info

Lochside 46 Year Old 1965 Single Blend (Adelphi)

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1965 -The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.1%
Caledonian

A natural cask strength Caledonian grain whisky, this was matured in cask 6294 (a bourbon barrel) for 45 years before bottling under the Clan Denny label.  More info

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1965 -The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Carsebridge 45 Year Old 1965 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.7%
Carsebridge

Carsebridge was mothballed in 1983 then stripped of its parts in the 1990s, so what does this mean for this whisky? Well, it means we have a whisky that will never be produced again and will slowly…  More info

 Carsebridge 45 Year Old 1965 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

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