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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...

Millburn 35 Year Old 1969 - Rare Malts

70cl, 51%
Millburn

Distilled at Millburn in 1969 and aged for 35 years before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info

Millburn 35 Year Old 1969 - Rare Malts

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1977 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.40%
Port Ellen

This is a fabulous old Port Ellen from Douglas Laing's stellar Old and Rare Platinum Selection. It was distilled in August 1977, some six years before the distillery shut its doors for good, and the…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1977 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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$894.85

Port Ellen 35 Years Old 1977 - Old & Rare Collection (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.30%
Port Ellen

This single malt from the closed distillery of Port Ellen distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2012 for Douglas Laing's Old & Rare collection.  More info

Port Ellen 35 Years Old 1977 - Old & Rare Collection (Douglas Laing)
$810.70

Brora 35 Year Old (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 48.10%
Brora

The oldest release to date of this rare single malt - this 35 year old Brora was bottled at 48.1%abv from re-fill ex-Bourbon casks.Only 1,586 bottles were produced of this excellent single malt in…  More info

Brora 35 Year Old (2012 Special Release)
$1224.35

Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 (cask 301446) - Rare And Very Old - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

75cl, 51.30%
Kinclaith

A smartly packaged and incredibly rare single cask whisky from Signatory. The Kinclaith distillery was closed in 1975, and its whisky is highly sought-after. This was aged for 35 years in hogshead…  More info

Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 (cask 301446) - Rare And Very Old - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$894.30

Imperial 35 Year Old 1976 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Imperial

This was distilled in October of 1976 at the Imperial distillery in Speyside. It was aged for 35 years in a refill butt and bottled in October 2011 at higher-than-usual bottling strength. Delicious…  More info

Imperial 35 Year Old 1976 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$115.93

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1976 Cask 4111 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.40%
Inverleven

A 34 year old Inverleven, distilled in the Lowlands in November 1976, this was aged in a single bourbon barrel before bottling in January 2011.  More info

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1976 Cask 4111 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$140.61

Ayrshire 34 Year Old 1973 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 42.40%
Ladyburn

This Ayrshire was distilled at Ladyburn in October 1973, and aged in cask 5787 for 34 years before bottling in January 2008. Part of a release of 185 bottles from Duncan Taylor's prestigious Rarest…  More info

Ayrshire 34 Year Old 1973 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

Rare Ayrshire 34 Year Old 1975 Cask 558 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 45.20%
Ladyburn

An incredibly rare single malt from the Ladyburn distillery in the Lowlands (which is now closed). This Rare Ayrshire was distilled on the 21st February 1975 and aged for 34 years in bourbon barrel…  More info

Rare Ayrshire 34 Year Old 1975 Cask 558 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Rare Ayrshire 34 Year Old 1975 Cask 562 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.90%
Ladyburn

A single cask Rare Ayrshire, distilled at Ladyburn on the 21st February 1975 and matured in bourbon barrel number 562 for 34 years before bottling by Signatory on the 2nd March 2009. A release of…  More info

Rare Ayrshire 34 Year Old 1975 Cask 562 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1978 - 13th Release (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 55%
Port Ellen

Ah, Port Ellen, how we love you. And by 'we' I don't just mean us at MoM towers, whisky fans around the world adore this legendary malt from an Islay distillery that shut down in 1983. Diageo's…  More info

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1978 - 13th Release (2013 Special Release)
$2511.95

Dallas Dhu 1979 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Dallas Dhu

The closed Dallas Dhu distillery in Speyside produced this single malt Scotch whisky in 1979. Unfortunately they aren't around anymore to bottle it, but Gordon and Macphail have done that job and…  More info

Dallas Dhu 1979 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$189.34

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.70%
Inverleven

From Signatory's Cask Strength Collection comes this fabulous 34 year old single cask Inverleven. It was distilled on the 14th September 1977 and was aged in bourbon barrel 3605 before bottling on…  More info

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$184.61

Glenugie 33 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.20%
Glenugie

This was distilled at the Glenugie distillery on the 20th December 1977, and aged in a hogshead and a sherry butt. It was then bottled on the 14th January 2011 by Signatory. A release of 573 bottles.  More info

Glenugie 33 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Dallas Dhu 33 Year Old 1975 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.70%
Dallas Dhu

A Signatory bottling from Dallas Dhu, this was distilled on the 8th October 1975, matured for 33 years in hogshead number 1899, before bottling on the 28th April 2009. A release of just 181…  More info

Dallas Dhu 33 Year Old 1975 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenugie 32 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.60%
Glenugie

Single cask Glenugie. This was distilled on the 15th October 1977 and aged for 32 years. It was given a 90 month finish in top quality Oloroso sherry butts and bottled by Signatory on the 19th March…  More info

Glenugie 32 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10568) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.90%
Port Ellen

32 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary (sadly closed) Port Ellen distillery on the Isle of Islay. It was distilled in October 1982, the year before the distillery was mothballed,…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10568) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1011.30

Kinclaith 32 Year Old 1963 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Kinclaith

A whisky from the Kinclaith distillery (a Lowland distillery which closed in 1975). This was distilled in 1963 and aged in cask number 100572 (a refill sherry hogshead) for 32 years before bottling…  More info

Kinclaith 32 Year Old 1963 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1532.08

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10544) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.60%
Port Ellen

An independently bottled single malt from one of the most famous closed Scottish distilleries - the Port Ellen distillery on the island of Islay. It was distilled in October 1982 and matured in a…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10544) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$965.39

Dallas Dhu 32 Year Old 1972 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Dallas Dhu

A single cask Dallas Dhu distilled in March 1972, matured for 32 years in refill butt number 748, and bottled by Douglas Laing in October 2004. A release of 605 bottles.  More info

Dallas Dhu 32 Year Old 1972 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 - 12th Release (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 52.50%
Port Ellen

It’s a Port Ellen, it’s rare and everyone wants some but well… it’s easy to see why. Bottled from a mixture of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks at 52.5%abv and with an impressive thirty-two years of…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 - 12th Release (2012 Special Release)
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$1614.09

Brora 32 Year Old (2011 Release)

70cl, 54.70%
Brora

An annual crowd-pleaser, Brora tends to be a muscular, sooty brute of a whisky, and we love it. 2011's Special Releases sees the launch of a 32 year old Brora, aged in refill American and European…  More info

Brora 32 Year Old (2011 Release)
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Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 11th Release (2011 Special Release)

70cl, 53.90%
Port Ellen

Strictly One Per CustomerThis will sell out within 5 minutes of me putting the product live. It's a limited release of 2,988 bottles, aged for 32 years in refill American oak casks, and guess what,…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 11th Release (2011 Special Release)

Dallas Dhu 30 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.70%
Dallas Dhu

Distilled at Dallas Dhu on the 5th June 1979 and aged in refill butt number 1385 for a whopping 31 years before bottling at cask strength by Signatory. A release of 505 bottles.  More info

Dallas Dhu 30 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$154.99

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1978 - 10th Release (2010 Special Release)

70cl, 54.60%
Port Ellen

Highly anticipated release from Diageo's now defunct Port Ellen distillery. In our humble opinion, perhaps not quite as good as last year's release, but nevertheless still quite special, and will…  More info

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1978 - 10th Release (2010 Special Release)

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