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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...

Port Ellen 28 Year Old 1983 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.6%
Port Ellen

As Port Ellen distillery closed its doors and quieted its stills in 1983, demand for its whiskies has been incredibly high for many years. This bottling from Douglas Laing's Old & Rare Platinum range…  More info

Port Ellen 28 Year Old 1983 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$1,039.75

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1975 (cask 96/3/37) - Signatory

70cl, 48.1%
St. Magdalene

A Signatory bottling of Linlithgow single malt Scotch whisky (you may know the closed Linlithgow under its other name - St. Magdalene). This one was distilled in 1975 and bottled 28 years later in…  More info

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1975 (cask 96/3/37) - Signatory
$626.93

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
$2,346.49

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)
$511.98
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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)
$1,465.00
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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)
$787.78
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Millburn 25 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 62%
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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$679.24

Dallas Dhu 24 Year Old 1982 - Historic Scotland

70cl, 56.3%
Dallas Dhu

Distilled in Speyside in 1982 at one of Scotland's lost distilleries, Dallas Dhu, not long before it closed. It was then bottled in 2007 exclusively for Historic Scotland, the Government body that…  More info

Dallas Dhu 24 Year Old 1982 - Historic Scotland
$783.73

North Port 24 Year Old 1975 (cask 2094) - Signatory

70cl, 61.1%
North Port

A rare Signatory bottling of whisky from the now-closed North Port distillery, also known as Brechin. Distilled on 25 June 1975, it was then aged in refill-sherry cask #2094 for 24 years before it…  More info

North Port 24 Year Old 1975 (cask 2094) - Signatory
$522.43

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)
$250.74
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Dallas Dhu 23 Year Old 1983 - Historic Scotland

70cl, 46%
Dallas Dhu

A rare bottle of Dallas Dhu, distilled the very same year that the Speyside distillery closed its doors. After 23 years it was bottled specially for Historic Scotland, who have owned the distillery…  More info

Dallas Dhu 23 Year Old 1983 - Historic Scotland
$517.26

Caperdonich 22 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.6%
Caperdonich

It's an indie bottling of rare single malt from the Caperdonich distillery, sadly closed for many moons now. It was aged for 22 years before being bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, with a…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$261.19
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Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1975 - Finest Collection (Hart Brothers)

70cl, 43%
Port Ellen

Ooh, very rare single malt from the long-closed Port Ellen distillery! This was distilled in 1975 and independently bottled 22 years later by the Hart Brothers for their Finest Collection. This…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1975 - Finest Collection (Hart Brothers)
$783.73

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.1%
Rosebank

Distilled in 1981 at the now silent Rosebank distillery and matured for 22 years before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts
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$1,039.75

Rosebank 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Rosebank

An ultra rare 8 year old from the closed Rosebank distillery. Whisky from Rosebank has become legendary for its incredible Lowland character. This was bottled for The Distillers Agency. This…  More info

Rosebank 8 Year Old - 1980s
$574.73

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 10

70cl, 51%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Lost Distilleries Blend has reached double digits! Yes, The Blended Whisky Company's exceptional blended Scotch whisky created exclusively with malt and grain whiskies from distilleries that have…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 10
6
$365.68
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The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 11

70cl, 52.3%
The Blended Whisky Company

Whiskies produced by distilleries that have closed their doors for the final time has a tendency to become legendary liquid, highly sought after by collectors and cognoscenti alike. These storied…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 11
5
$365.68
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St Magdalene 1965 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
St. Magdalene

A very collectible bottle from Gordon & MacPhail's long-running indie bottling range, Connoisseurs Choice. This is a single malt from the St Magdalene distillery, which closed in the 1983 (along many…  More info

St Magdalene 1965 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$679.24

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2016) (Lot No. RO/16/05) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A vintage Port Ellen that was distilled in 1980 and bottled by Gordon & McPhail in 2016 for the Rare Old series. A release of only 275 bottles. Incredibly rare Islay single malt from this legendary…  More info

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2016) (Lot No. RO/16/05) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,253.97

Carsebridge 52 Year Old - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 40.5%
Carsebridge

A 52 year old single grain Scotch whisky from a distillery that closed back in 1983! Good it is, too. The label, meanwhile, features Tristan Stephenson and Thomas Aske (the chaps behind the Worship…  More info

Carsebridge 52 Year Old - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$242.38

Carsebridge 52 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 41.7%
Carsebridge

Pull up a seat at the (18 foot long) table (made from a European oak tree) and dig in to some smashing single grain Scotch whisky from the long-closed Carsebridge distillery! This is the second That…  More info

Carsebridge 52 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Carsebridge 52 Year Old 1964 (cask 89153) - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 41.7%
Carsebridge

Very rare single grain Scotch whisky here, distilled by Carsebridge all the way back in January 1964! This was filled into cask #89153 and left to mature for 52 years(!) before we bottled it for our…  More info

Carsebridge 52 Year Old 1964 (cask 89153) - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Carsebridge 52 Year Old 1964 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 40.5%
Carsebridge

An extraordinarily well aged 52 year old single grain Scotch whisky from a single refill barrel. Distilled in January 1964, we bottled it at a natural cask strength of 40.5% in May 2016 with an…  More info

Carsebridge 52 Year Old 1964 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

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)

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
$626.93

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