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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...

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)

Inverleven 31 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.90%
Inverleven

This single cask Inverleven was distilled n the 14th September 1977 and aged for 31 years in bourbon barrel number 3608. It was bottled by Signatory on the 28th April 2009 and it is part of an…  More info

Inverleven 31 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenugie 31 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.10%
Glenugie

A 31 year old Glenugie, distilled on the 20th December 1977 and bottled by Signatory on the 14th September 2009. Part of a release of 577 bottles.  More info

Glenugie 31 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 1511) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.20%
Port Ellen

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Port Ellen distillery on the Island of Islay. It was distilled in June 1982 and bottled in March 2014 for the Mackillop's Choice…  More info

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 1511) - Mackillop's Choice
$747.58

Glenlochy 30 Year Old 1980 Cask 2824 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.90%
Glenlochy

Distilled at Glenlochy on the 4th September 1980, this was aged in a single hogshead for 30 years before bottling for the Signatory's Cask Strength Collection. A release of 224 bottles.  More info

Glenlochy 30 Year Old 1980 Cask 2824 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$292.65

Brora 30 Year Old (2010 Release)

70cl, 54.30%
Brora

The 2010 release of Diageo's superb Brora 30yo. A marked improvement on last year's in our humble opinion.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2010 Release)

Brora 30 Year Old 1976 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.10%
Brora

A very special Brora, this was distilled in October 1976 and aged for 30 years before bottling as a release of 104 bottles in September 2007 for the ultra exclusive Old and Rare Platinum range from…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old 1976 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Brora 30 Year Old - 3rd Release (Special Release 2004)

70cl, 56.60%
Brora

Ooh, looky - a Brora Special Release from 2004! 30 year old single malt from this closed and highly-sought after distillery. 3,000 delicious bottles were released.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old - 3rd Release (Special Release 2004)
$1098.95

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48.80%
Carsebridge

Single grain bottled by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled at Carsebridge in March 1979 and matured for 30 years in cask number 33043 before bottling at natural cask strength in March 2010. A release…  More info

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.30%
Port Ellen

An amazing single cask Port Ellen, the legendary defunct Islay distillery. This was distilled in November 1979 and aged for a massive 30 years before bottling by Douglas Laing in August 2010. A…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 (9th Release)

70cl, 57.70%
Port Ellen

A very rare, hotly anticipated Port Ellen. This is from the slew of Diageo 2009 Special Releases, this is the 9th release, distilled in 1979 and bottled at cask strength (part of an outturn of 5,916…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 (9th Release)

Glen Mhor 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 1606) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.70%
Glen Mhor

Though the Glen Mhor distillery has been silent for decades now, some of their whisky still finds its way to bottles somehow - the Glen Mhor legacy continues! This bottling comes to us by way of…  More info

Glen Mhor 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 1606) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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$301.80

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Release)

70cl, 53.20%
Brora

The most recent release of Brora rare, cask strength 30 year old. John Hansell even rated this a whopping 95 points! This is a muscular, powerful dram.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Release)
$290.98

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10124) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.50%
Port Ellen

Ah, looky! I'd better go and open this window here so I can shout out of it that we have a new sooty, leathery Port Ellen from Douglas Laing in stock. They'll probably all be gone by the time I turn…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10124) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$863.43

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask Commemorative (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.60%
Port Ellen

A rare 30 year old bottling from the Douglas Laing 'Old Malt Cask' range.  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask Commemorative (Douglas Laing)

Glenugie 30 Year Old 1980 - Deoch an Doras

70cl, 52.10%
Glenugie

Official bottlings of Glenugie single malt Scotch whisky are rare as hen's teeth, considering the distillery was closed in 1983. This is the second release from the Deoch an Doras range of official…  More info

Glenugie 30 Year Old 1980 - Deoch an Doras
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$385.02

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%
Port Ellen

Saying that Port Ellen whisky is sought-after is like saying jam is pretty good on toast - a massive understatement! The distillery on Islay closed in 1983, to the disappointment of many who loved…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
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$1990.19

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.10%
Port Ellen

Douglas Laing properly go for it with their Old and Rare Platinum range, picking only the most ridiculously desirable whiskies to join the impressive selection. Speaking of ridiculously desirable,…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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$710.00

Linlithgow 30 Year Old 1973

70cl, 59.60%
St. Magdalene

A cask strength bottling of 30 year old whisky, bottled as Linlithgow, but distilled in 1973 at the St Magdalene distillery, a superb, well-aged Lowland single malt.  More info

Linlithgow 30 Year Old 1973

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 9828) - Directors Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.70%
Port Ellen

A single cask Port Ellen from the Port Ellen distillery in the town of Port Ellen. This 30 year old single cask release was matured in a refill hogshead, which yielded just 94 precious bottles. Part…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 9828) - Directors Cut (Douglas Laing)
$619.13

Brora 30 Year Old (2005 Release)

70cl, 56.30%
Brora

Part of a series of seven releases from the Brora distillery, this is the fourth release of Brora 30 year old and was launched in 2005. There are some cereal notes, with oily spice and a nice breath…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2005 Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2002 Release)

70cl, 52.40%
Brora

This has recently become a hard to come by bottling from the Brora distillery. A 30 year old released in 2002 as part of a group of older whiskies from the now closed Northern Highland-based…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2002 Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2006 Release)

70cl, 55.70%
Brora

Just 2,130 bottles of this fifth-edition of Brora 30 were released. Aged in refill American and European oak casks, this single malt was released in 2006.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2006 Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Release)

70cl, 55.70%
Brora

Just 2,958 individually numbered bottles were released. This Brora 30 year old was matured in refill American and European oak casks and was released in September of 2007.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Release)

Glen Mhor 30 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Mhor

This was distilled at the Glen Mhor distillery in August 1982. It was then aged for 30 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in October 2012. There are just 228 bottles available, from Douglas…  More info

Glen Mhor 30 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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$136.24

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