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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...

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)
$262.72

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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$239.22

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 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)

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)

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)
$1,799.13

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 6740) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

From the closed Caperdonich distillery in Speyside comes this supreme single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled all the way back in 1972, when we first got a taste for the video-game Pong in the…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 6740) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
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Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.7%
Caperdonich

A Duncan Taylor bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in cask 7458 for a massive 41 years! Though Caperdocih shut its doors back…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11029) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.9%
Garnheath

Well here's something you don't see very often, a bottling of Garnheath grain whisky! Operating between 1965 and 1986 Garnheath distillery was located within the Moffat complex (where Glen Flagler…  More info

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11029) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3245 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.8%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery in October of 1969, and it was aged in cask 3245 for 41 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their Rarest of the Rare collection in May of 2011.…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3245 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3254 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.3%
Caperdonich

Distilled in October 1969 at the Caperdonich distillery, aged for 41 years in single cask 3254 and bottled for the Rarest of the Rare series in March 2011. A release of 176 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3254 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

Caledonian 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11836) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.2%
Caledonian

Very, very rare single grain Scotch whisky here from the Caledonian distillery, presented as part of The Sovereign range by Hunter Laing. The Caledonian distillery stood in Edinburgh since 1855,…  More info

Caledonian 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11836) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 313235) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.8%
Garnheath

An independent bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the seldom-heard-from Garnheath distillery, which operated within the Moffat complex in the Lowlands from 1965 to 1986. This whisky was…  More info

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 313235) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11587) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.9%
Carsebridge

A rare bottling of Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, distilled in October 1976 and bottled 40 years later in February 2017 by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range. Carsebridge is…  More info

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11587) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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$243.68

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11341) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.9%
Caledonian

Single cask Caledonian single grain, aged for 40 years and independently bottled by Douglas Laing! This was distilled in April 1976 (around 12 years before the distillery was closed) and aged in a…  More info

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11341) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$322.88

The XL Blend - Batch 1

70cl, 46.3%
The Blended Whisky Company

The XL Blend from The Blended Whisky Company is crafted exclusively using whiskies aged for at least 40 years. Hence the name - XL means 40 in Roman numerals. It's also particularly XL in terms of…  More info

The XL Blend - Batch 1
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$582.68

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 12024) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.7%
Carsebridge

An indie bottling of 40 year old Carsebridge single grain - it could only be from Douglas Laing's incredible Xtra Old Particular range! This whisky was distilled back in October 1976 and bottled in…  More info

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 12024) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$254.17

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 53.3%
Caledonian

A single grain whisky in the Special Releases! The first since 2011's Port Dundas and only the second ever as far as we can remember. Caledonian grain distillery in Edinburgh closed in 1988 and is…  More info

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11213) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.1%
Caledonian

An independent single grain Scotch whisky from the sadly shut Caledonian distillery! This was aged in a single refill hogshead cask for 40 years, from April 1976 to June 2016, before being bottled by…  More info

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11213) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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$368.21

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11529) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.7%
Carsebridge

Incredibly well-aged single grain from the Carsebridge distillery, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old Particular range. It was distilled in October 1976 and aged in a refill…  More info

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11529) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$249.41

The Golden Age Blend

70cl, 44.3%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Golden Age Blend is an extraordinary whisky, harking back to the 'Golden Age' of distilling from the early 1960s to the mid 1970s, being made exclusively with whiskies that are at least 40 years…  More info

The Golden Age Blend
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$371.44

Rare Ayrshire 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3421) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 47.1%
Ladyburn

Ooh, an indie Rare Ayrshire! These are indeed very rare, as the distillery from which the whisky came from has long been closed. This is a 40 year old rare Ayrshire single malt, put into its bourbon…  More info

Rare Ayrshire 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3421) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$903.60

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 23630) - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.8%
Caledonian

A very exciting independent bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the long-closed (and now demolished) Caledonian distillery. It was distilled in March 1974 and matured in a single cask for…  More info

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 23630) - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

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