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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 30 Years Old 1982 (cask 8778) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.90%
Caperdonich

This is a 30 year old Single Malt Whisky from the closed distillery of Caperdonich. This has been bottled for Douglas Laing's Director's Cut range and is a stunning example of this lost distillery.  More info

Caperdonich 30 Years Old 1982 (cask 8778) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$179.60

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

70cl, 54.20%
Port Ellen

A marvellous and decidedly rare Port Ellen distilled in 1982 and aged for a massive 30 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in 2012 for Douglas Laing's premium Old and Rare Platinum…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
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$446.30

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

70cl, 51.80%
Port Ellen

A marvellous and decidedly rare Port Ellen distilled in April 1982 and aged for a massive 30 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in April 2012 for Douglas Laing's premium Old and Rare…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
$446.30

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1981 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 59.10%
Carsebridge

A 30 year old single cask grain whisky from Carsebridge. This was distilled in 1981 and aged in refill hogshead 7780 before bottling at natural cask strength for the Clan Denny range.  More info

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1981 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$93.93

Glenlochy 29 Year Old 1980 Cask 2649 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.80%
Glenlochy

Glenlochy distilled on the 21st August 1980 and aged for 29 years in hogshead number 2649 before bottling on the 22nd June 2010. A release of 265 numbered bottles from Signatory's Cask Strength…  More info

Glenlochy 29 Year Old 1980 Cask 2649 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Dallas Dhu 29 Year Old 1981 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53%
Dallas Dhu

Distilled at Dallas Dhu in April 1981 and aged for 29 years in cask 388 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in May 2010 as part of a release of 271 individually numbered, cask strength bottles.  More info

Dallas Dhu 29 Year Old 1981 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Glen Albyn 29 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.50%
Glen Albyn

Single cask fro the now silent Glen Albyn distillery. This was distilled on the 16th January 1981, aged in hogshead number 50 for 29 years and bottled by Signatory at cask strength in 15th March…  More info

Glen Albyn 29 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts (Bottle No. 1504)

70cl, 57%
Glenury

Single malt Scotch whisky from the long closed Glenury Royal distillery, which shut its doors in 1983 and was demolished soon after. This bottling from the Rare Malts range was distilled in 1970 and…  More info

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts (Bottle No. 1504)
$593.75

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57%
Glenury

A fantastic Rare Malts bottling of Glenury Royal single malt Scotch whisky, from the sadly closed and demolished Glenury distillery in Stonehaven. This release was distilled in 1970 and bottled at…  More info

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts
$584.56

Carsebridge 29 Year Old 1981 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.10%
Carsebridge

This is single cask, bourbon-matured grain whisky from the Clan Denny range. It was distilled at Carsebridge in 1981 before a 29 year maturation in first-fill hogshead 6609. It was bottled at natural…  More info

Carsebridge 29 Year Old 1981 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$86.48

Coleburn 29 Year Old 1979 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 44.30%
Coleburn

This is a 29 year old Mackillop's Coleburn bottled in 2008. Sadly Coleburn is now a closed distillery, but this bottling provides the opportunity to try some!  More info

Coleburn 29 Year Old 1979 - Mackillop's Choice

Glen Mhor 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 1604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51%
Glen Mhor

This was distilled at Glen Mhor on the 22nd September 1982, and it was aged for 29 years in hogshead 1604 before bottling by Signatory at natural cask strength.  More info

Glen Mhor 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 1604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$230.77

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 Cask 2202 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 63.10%
St. Magdalene

Distilled on the 5th October 1982 at St Magdalene in the Lowlands, this was aged for 28 years in wine treated butt number 2202, before bottling by Signatory on the 15th June 2011. A release of 351…  More info

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 Cask 2202 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$148.39

Glen Mhor 28 Year Old 1982 Cask 1328 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.80%
Glen Mhor

A 28 year old single cask whisky from the now closed Glen Mhor distillery. This was distilled in 1982, aged in a single wine treated hogshead and bottled By Signatory on the 24th November 2010.  More info

Glen Mhor 28 Year Old 1982 Cask 1328 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$199.90

Caperdonich 28 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distilled in June 1982 and aged in a refill hogshead for 28 years before bottling in September 2010. A release of 310 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Caperdonich 28 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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$119.04

Banff 38 Year Old 1971 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.40%
Banff

A super rare, super old Banff bottled for Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum selection. This was distilled in 1971, and bottled in August 2009 at cask strength.  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1971 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Garnheath 28 Year Old 1986 (cask 22156) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 48.50%
Garnheath

A rare example of single grain Scotch whisky from the Garnheath distillery, who operated within the Moffat complex from 1965 to 1986. This Cooper's Choice single cask bottling was distilled during…  More info

Garnheath 28 Year Old 1986 (cask 22156) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$209.70

Brora 28 Year Old 1981 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.40%
Brora

A very rare Brora. This single cask was bottled by Douglas Laing, and there are just 93 bottles! Distilled in June 1981 and matured for 28 years before bottling in November 2009.  More info

Brora 28 Year Old 1981 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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Glen Albyn 28 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.10%
Glen Albyn

A rare single cask bottling from a closed distillery! This was distilled on the 16th January 1981, matured in hogshead number 51 and bottled by Signatory on the 27th October 2009. Part of a release…  More info

Glen Albyn 28 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glen Mhor 28 Year Old 1976 - Rare Malts

70cl, 51.90%
Glen Mhor

A very rare edition of 28 year old single malt from the silent Glen Mhor distillery, bottled under Diageo's Rare Malts label.  More info

Glen Mhor 28 Year Old 1976 - Rare Malts

Brechin 28 Year Old

70cl, 53%
North Port

Part of a release of just 2,040 bottles of Brechin (aka North Port). This was aged for 28 years before bottling at cask strength.  More info

Brechin 28 Year Old

Convalmore 28 Year Old

70cl, 57.90%
Convalmore

A 28 year old official expression from the now silent Convalmore distillery, this bottling has been released at cask strength and is part of a rare limited edition of just 3,900 bottles.  More info

Convalmore 28 Year Old

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 (cask 2206) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 57.30%
St. Magdalene

This was distilled at the St Magdalene distillery on the 5th October 1982, and it was aged for 28 years in cask 2206 before bottling for Mackillop's Choice in April of 2011. Each bottle is…  More info

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 (cask 2206) - Mackillop's Choice

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6000) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A 27 year old Port Ellen from a single cask! This was distilled in the Winter 1983 and aged in cask 6000 (a refill hogshead) before bottling in Spring 2010 for the Provenance range.  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6000) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.70%
Port Ellen

This stunning Port Ellen was distilled on the 2nd of February 1983 (just a few months before the distillery closed for good) and was aged in wine treated butt number 231 for 27 years before bottling…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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