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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...

Brora 35 Year Old (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 48.1%
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)

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 12282) - Xtra Old Particular Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.4%
Port Ellen

Released in celebration of Douglas Laing's 70th anniversary, this sublime single malt from Port Ellen was distilled in November 1982 and matured for 35 years in a single refill butt until October…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 12282)  - Xtra Old Particular Platinum (Douglas Laing)

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

70cl, 50.4%
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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Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 51.1%
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)
$1,313.19

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

70cl, 56.5%
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)

Caledonian 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 14271) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46.9%
Caledonian

From the lost Caledonian Distillery in Edinburgh, this 1982 vintage Lowland single grain Scotch whisky was housed in a single refill hogshead cask for a whole 35 years before Hunter Laing & Co.…  More info

Caledonian 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 14271) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$163.82

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

75cl, 51.3%
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)

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3231) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 48%
Glenlochy

Rare single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Glenlochy distillery, aged in a single hogshead cask for 35 years. It was distilled in November 1980, three years before the distillery was shut, and…  More info

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3231) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$1,037.54

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.5%
Port Ellen

A Hunter Laing bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from one of the most renowned closed distilleries in Scotland - Port Ellen. Distilled at the Islay distillery in September 1978 and aged in a…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Brora 35 Year Old 1978 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 48.6%
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)

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

70cl, 51.1%
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)

Brora 35 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 49.9%
Brora

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER Distilled in 1977, this extraordinary 35 year old Brora from Diageo's Special Releases was matured in American and European oak casks. It's the twelfth annual release of…  More info

Brora 35 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)
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Port Ellen 35 Years Old 1977 - Old & Rare Collection (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.3%
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)

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)

Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 (Signatory)

70cl, 53.3%
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)

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

75cl, 51.3%
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)

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

70cl, 49.3%
Port Ellen

This is a very special bottling of Islay single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled back in 1977 at the legendary Port Ellen distillery and matured in a single cask for 35 years. It was then bottled…  More info

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

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

Banff 34 Year Old 1975 (Dansk Maltwhisky Akademi)

70cl, 44.1%
Banff

A rare single malt from Banff, distilled in 1975 - the distillery would sadly close in the early 1980s. The single malt was aged for 34 years before being bottled at 44.1% ABV by Dansk Maltwhisky…  More info

Banff 34 Year Old 1975 (Dansk Maltwhisky Akademi)

Carsebridge 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 74603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.9%
Carsebridge

A sight seldom seen - single grain from the closed Carsebridge distillery! This was distilled back in December 1982 and aged in a refill Sherry butt until July 2017, when Signatory came along to…  More info

Carsebridge 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 74603) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$273.03

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 11481) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.5%
Port Ellen

Another knockout Douglas Laing bottling for the Xtra Old Particular range, this Port Ellen 34 Year Old was distilled in May of 1982, before it was charged from one refill hogshead cask and bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 11481) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

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)

Brora 34 Year Old 1982 (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 51.9%
Brora

2017's Special Release Brora is the sixteenth in the series from this celebrated closed coastal distillery. Distilled in 1982, by which time far less peat was being used than during previous decade,…  More info

Brora 34 Year Old 1982 (Special Release 2017)

Glen Mhor 34 Years Old 1975 (cask 6034) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 43.7%
Glen Mhor

34 year old single malt Scotch whisky, distilled by Glen Mhor in 1975, around 8 years before the distillery was closed (and eventually demolished). This well-matured single malt Scotch whisky comes…  More info

Glen Mhor 34 Years Old 1975 (cask 6034) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1978 (cask 5781) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.2%
Inverleven

34 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Inverleven distillery, which has been closed since 1991. Luckily, we've got independent bottlers like Duncan Taylor who are more than happy to present…  More info

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1978 (cask 5781) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

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