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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...

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)

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)
$784.14

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)

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)
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Carsebridge 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 38243) - Select Grain (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 40.9%
Carsebridge

A 46 year old Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, independently bottled by Murray McDavid as part of the Select Grain range. This whisky (from a long-closed distillery) was aged from 1970 to…  More info

Carsebridge 46 Year Old 1970 (cask 38243) - Select Grain (Murray McDavid)
$273.07

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)

Carsebridge 45 Year Old 1973 (cask 15566) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 47.7%
Carsebridge

Another stunner from Carsebridge, independently bottled without chill filtration or additional colouring at cask strength by Hunter Laing for The Sovereign range in 2018. This single grain Scotch…  More info

Carsebridge 45 Year Old 1973 (cask 15566) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$279.97

Garnheath 45 Year Old 1974 (cask 313236) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.2%
Garnheath

45 year old single grain from the closed Garnheath distillery, independently bottled by Càrn Mòr for the Celebration of the Cask series. This one was aged in a bourbon barrel from February 1974 to…  More info

Garnheath 45 Year Old 1974 (cask 313236) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$315.74

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

70cl, 47.3%
Caledonian

A beautiful 45 year old single grain whisky, distilled in 1965 and aged in bourbon barrel 7501 before bottling for Duncan Taylor's Clan Denny range.  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)

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)

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)
$322.94

Rare Ayrshire 44 Year Old 1974 (cask 2606) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

70cl, 53%
Ladyburn

Single malt released under the Rare Ayrshire name distilled by Ladyburn back in 1974, matured in a single bourbon barrel for 44 years and bottled in 2018 by Signatory as part of its 30th anniversary…  More info

Rare Ayrshire 44 Year Old 1974 (cask 2606) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)
$1,557.41

Garnheath 44 Year Old 1974 (cask 12373) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 45.8%
Garnheath

Though the Garnheath distillery may be closed, indie bottlers like Douglas Laing sometimes get their hands on the single grain Scotch whiskies produced there long ago - always an exciting prospect!…  More info

Garnheath 44 Year Old 1974 (cask 12373) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$309.20

Lochside 44 Year Old 1967 (cask 807) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 41.5%
Lochside

A 44 year old Lochside from this now closed distillery. With most of the output going into blends such as Sandy Macnab's, single malts from Lochside are extremely rare, with the distillery having…  More info

Lochside 44 Year Old 1967 (cask 807) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
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Garnheath 43 Year Old 1974 (cask 11619) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.5%
Garnheath

A rare (and very well-aged) example of Garnheath single grain Scotch whisky! Garnheath closed in the late '80s, but you can still get your hands on their whisky via indie bottlings like the wonderful…  More info

Garnheath 43 Year Old 1974 (cask 11619) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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$277.13

Carsebridge 43 Year Old 1973 (cask 12653) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.3%
Carsebridge

A rare bottling of Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, distilled in May 1973 and bottled in June 2016. Whiskies from closed distilleries (like Carsebridge) are highly sought-after by enthusiasts…  More info

Carsebridge 43 Year Old 1973 (cask 12653) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$260.55

Garnheath 42 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 44.3%
Garnheath

A very rare treat for you here bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a 42 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the short-lived Garnheath distillery, which operated within the Moffat…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11522) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51%
Garnheath

Independently bottled single grain Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Garnheath distillery, aged in a refill barrel for an impressive 42 years! It was distilled in February 1974 and bottled in…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11522) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$257.85

Garnheath 42 Year Old (cask 11524) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (Master of Malt)

70cl, 50.7%
Garnheath

A Master of Malt exclusive Douglas Laing XOP single cask! What's more, it's a 42 year old from Garnheath distillery, which closed back in 1988! Matured in a single refill barrel, the outturn was…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old (cask 11524) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (Master of Malt)
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$234.78

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11209) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.5%
Garnheath

This is a bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the Garneath distillery, which you certainly don't see every day, considering it closed all the way back in 1988! Bottled as part of Douglas…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11209) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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Carsebridge 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 12366) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.1%
Carsebridge

An independently bottled Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead cask for 42 years! Whisky from this distillery is very rare indeed, as it closed all the way back in the…  More info

Carsebridge 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 12366) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11093) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.2%
Garnheath

A very rare bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the Garnheath distillery, which was sadly shut back in 1988. This was distilled in February 1974, matured in a single barrel for 42 years and…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11093) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Carsebridge 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 11848) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.9%
Carsebridge

Ooh, single grain Scotch whisky from the long-closed Carsebridge distillery! Not only that, this is 42 year old single grain Carsebridge! Incredibly rare, exciting stuff right here... It was…  More info

Carsebridge 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 11848) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

Ladyburn 41 Year Old (William Grant & Sons)

70cl, 40%
Ladyburn

Boy oh boy! A very special bottling here - a 41 year old single malt from a closed distillery that shut its doors back in 1975, having only been founded in 1966! Yes, this is William Grant & Sons…  More info

Ladyburn 41 Year Old (William Grant & Sons)
$1,765.77

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