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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...

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1970 - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 43.50%
Caperdonich

Just look at how handsome this whisky looks! Look closer and gaze with awe and wonderment at the solid wood, polished presentation case. This was distilled at Caperdonich in the 1st May 1970 and…  More info

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1970 - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
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Inverleven 37 Year Old 1973 - Deoch an Doras (Chivas Brothers)

70cl, 49%
Inverleven

From the Chivas Brothers Deoch an Doras collection comes a cask strength Inverleven single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1973 and bottled in 2011. Located at the Dumbarton distiller, Inverleven…  More info

Inverleven 37 Year Old 1973 - Deoch an Doras (Chivas Brothers)
$313.51

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 6733 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 47.70%
Caperdonich

A 37 Year Old release from the (now Mothballed) Caperdonich distillery, owned by Chivas Brothers. The outturn of this cask was only 150 bottles. Supremely collectable.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 6733 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7437 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.50%
Caperdonich

Distilled in November 1972 and aged for 37 years in cask number 7437. This was bottled in July 2010 at Cask Strength for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Rare Auld range. A release of 161 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7437 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 6735 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.40%
Caperdonich

A single cask Caperdonich bottled for the Duncan Taylor Rare Auld range. This was distilled in October 1972 and aged for 37 years in cask 6735 before bottling as a release of 180 bottles in August…  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 6735 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7416 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.60%
Caperdonich

Distilled at Caperdonich in November 1972, and aged for 37 years in cask number 7416 before bottling in April 2010 by Duncan Taylor. This is part of a release of 114 numbered bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7416 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7420 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.40%
Caperdonich

A single cask Caperdonich distilled in November 1972 and aged for 37 years in cask number 7420 before bottling by Duncan Taylor for the Rare Auld range at cask strength in January 2010. A release of…  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7420 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Rare Ayrshire 37 Year Old 1975 (cask 3424) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 47.50%
Ladyburn

A rare bottling from the closed distillery of Ladyburn in Ayrshire, aged for 37 years in a single bourbon barrel. An outturn of 183 natural cask strength bottles from Signatory.  More info

Rare Ayrshire 37 Year Old 1975 (cask 3424) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$215.57

Banff 37 Year Old 1975 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 45.10%
Banff

A sublime old Banff from Duncan Taylor's Rarest of the Rare range, this was distilled in August 1975 before a single cask maturation of 37 years. It was bottled in September 2012 and comes at natural…  More info

Banff 37 Year Old 1975 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)
$447.65

Ben Wyvis 37 Year Old 1965

70cl, 44%
Ben Wyvis

An extremely rare bottling from the long since closed Ben Wyvis distillery, this 37 year old is single malt from a very limited release of just 200 bottles.  More info

Ben Wyvis 37 Year Old 1965
$1229.00

Rare Ayrshire 36 Year Old 1975 (cask 563) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 45.30%
Ladyburn

This single cask whisky was distilled at Rare Ayrshire on the 21st February 1975, and it was aged for 36 years in a single bourbon barrel before bottling by Signatory at cask strength on the 20th…  More info

Rare Ayrshire 36 Year Old 1975 (cask 563) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$154.50

Caperdonich 36 Year Old 1972 Cask 7446 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.20%
Caperdonich

A single cask Speyside malt, this was distilled in November 1972 and matured in cask number 7446 for 36 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor in September 2009. Part of a release of just 283 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 36 Year Old 1972 Cask 7446 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Convalmore 36 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 58%
Convalmore

A fantastic 36 year old from the closed distillery of Convalmore, silent since 1985. Matured in European Oak refill casks, only 2,680 sought after, natural cask strength bottles are available as part…  More info

Convalmore 36 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)
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$721.97

Rare Ayrshire (Ladyburn) 36 Year Old 1975 (cask 3419) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Ladyburn

Distilled at Ladyburn in Ayrshire in 1975 (the year the distillery was closed), this Lowland whisky was bottled within 10 days of its 37th birthday. Ladyburn operated for just 9 years, during which…  More info

Rare Ayrshire (Ladyburn) 36 Year Old 1975 (cask 3419) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$174.60

Glenury Royal 36 Year Old 1970

70cl, 58%
Glenury

A 36 year old bottling from Glenury Royal, distilled in 1970 and bottled at cask strength.  More info

Glenury Royal 36 Year Old 1970
$544.53

Killyloch 36 Year Old 1967

70cl, 40%
Glenflagler

A rare 36 year old from Glenflagler, this bottling is a vatting of the last six casks from the distillery, distilled in 1967.  More info

Killyloch 36 Year Old 1967

Banff 36 Year Old 1975 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 41.80%
Banff

A brilliant and very rare 36 year old from the Banff distillery. This was distilled in November 1975 and aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling in June 2012. A wonderful single cask whisky…  More info

Banff 36 Year Old 1975 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
$292.45

Rare Ayrshire 36 Year Old 1975 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 44.10%
Ladyburn

A spicy, bourbon barrel-matured single cask Rare Ayrshire, aged for 36 years in barrel number 3416 before bottling in 2012.  More info

Rare Ayrshire 36 Year Old 1975 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$215.57

Rare Ayrshire 36 Year Old 1975 Cask 564 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 45.10%
Ladyburn

This was distilled at the Ladyburn distillery on the 21st February 1975. It was aged in bourbon barrel 564 for 36 years and bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the 14th…  More info

Rare Ayrshire 36 Year Old 1975 Cask 564 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$161.98

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 51.10%
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)
$1044.42

Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 Rare Reserve - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

75cl, 51.30%
Kinclaith

As rare as they come. This was distilled on the 28th May 1969 and aged for a whopping 35 years in hogshead 301446 before bottling on the 5th April 2005. A release of 219 cask strength bottles (also…  More info

Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 Rare Reserve - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 (Signatory)

70cl, 53.30%
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)

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - 14th Release (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 56.50%
Port Ellen

Strictly 1 Per Customer Part of the 2014 Diageo Special Releases, this 35 year old Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a combination of refill American oak and European oak casks.…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - 14th Release (2014 Special Release)
$2640.11

Brora 35 Year Old 1978 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 48.60%
Brora

Strictly 1 Per Customer A well-loved regular of Diageo's Special Releases, single malt from the closed Brora distillery is hugely sought after by connoisseurs and collectors alike. For the 2014…  More info

Brora 35 Year Old 1978 (2014 Special Release)
$1322.70

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10355) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.10%
Port Ellen

A Directors' Cut bottling from Douglas Laing of Port Ellen single malt. Yes, that Port Ellen, the one on Islay that was closed in the '80s and has remained closed ever since. Their stocks of superbly…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10355) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$892.82

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