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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 - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.70%
Port Ellen

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER Boom! Batch 4 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Port Ellen has landed! After closing its doors in 1983 Port Ellen has become perhaps the most legendary whisky…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Port Ellen - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.10%
Port Ellen

It's here. Phone people. Write letters. Open up windows and shout at things. Let the things know that it's here. But what is it? Batch 5 of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

Do you happen to like exciting things? Well, here's a treat for you then - an independent bottling of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky. The Islay distillery sadly closed in the 1980s, but…  More info

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$842.70

Port Ellen 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

Port Ellen alert! Port Ellen alert! That's right, we've got a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt from the closed distillery on Islay, distilled in 1979, matured in refill Sherry butts and…  More info

Port Ellen 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2013)
$759.52

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

To say bottlings of Port Ellen are sought after is just a bit of an understatement. While the distillery remains silent, and has done since 1983, releases like this rare Gordon & MacPahil…  More info

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$613.29

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

This is a previous Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Port Ellen. The Port Ellen distillery closed in 1983 and today only the maltings remain in use. This Port Ellen was bottled in 2001 and offers a rare…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
$361.62

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Port Ellen

A complex, rich single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Port Ellen has become a legendary distillery, known for its stunning peaty flavours.  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$170.18

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) (Old Edition)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

Distilled in 1982 and aged for 22 years in refill sherry butts before bottling in 2004 by Gordon and MacPhail. Port Ellen has become a legendary distillery.  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) (Old Edition)

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.90%
Port Ellen

This is a classic Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the infamous, though sadly closed, Port Ellen distillery on Islay. Matured for 20 years after being distilled in 1978, it was…  More info

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts
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$1201.98

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.50%
Port Ellen

A cask strength, very rare Port Ellen. This was distilled in 1978 and matured for 22 years before bottling as part of the Rare Malts range.  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 (bottled 2002) - The Whisky Shop 10th Anniversary Bottling

70cl, 57.90%
Port Ellen

24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Port Ellen distillery, which sadly has been closed since 1983. This Islay whisky was distilled in March 1978, matured in a single Sherry butt…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 (bottled 2002) - The Whisky Shop 10th Anniversary Bottling
$717.09

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1979 - 3rd Release (2003 Special Release)

70cl, 57.30%
Port Ellen

Immensely rare and collectible (not to mention delicious), Port Ellen single malt is legendary amongst whisky enthusiasts. The distillery on Islay was closed in the 1980s and has remained as such…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1979 - 3rd Release (2003 Special Release)
$1802.34

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1979 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.80%
Port Ellen

This was distilled at the Port Ellen distillery on the 16th November 1979. It was then aged for 24 years in sherry butt #6773 before bottling at cask-strength in October 2004. This is a release of…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1979 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$602.78

Port Ellen 25 Year Old (cask 2471) (Old Bothwell)

70cl, 51%
Port Ellen

Distilled at Port Ellen distillery on Islay in 1982, this Old Bothwell single cask release comes from one of the most sought after distilleries of all time. When Diageo sought to shut down one of…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old (cask 2471) (Old Bothwell)
$501.69

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) 20cl

20cl, 50%
Port Ellen

A 20cl Advance Sample from Douglas Laing. This was distilled at the Port Ellen distillery in November 1982 and aged for 25 years in sherry butt number 4673. It was bottled in September 2008.  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) 20cl

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1982 Cask 4447 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Port Ellen

A stunning 26 year old from the Port Ellen distillery - one of the most legendary distilleries in the world. This was distilled in February 1982 and aged for 26 years in sherry butt number 4447…  More info

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1982 Cask 4447 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.70%
Port Ellen

A single cask Port Ellen! This was distilled on the 2nd March 1983 and matured for 26 years in a wine treated butt, which was cask number 232, before bottling on the 10th November 2009. A release of…  More info

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Port Ellen

This was distilled not long before the Port Ellen distillery closed for good. Bottled in August 2009 by Douglas Laing, there are 610 bottles of this, from refill butt number 5441.  More info

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A 26 year old from perhaps Islay's most legendary distillery, Port Ellen. This was distilled in Spring 1983 (just a few months before the distillery was shut down permenantly), and it was aged in…  More info

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1979 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.10%
Port Ellen

A very mature, 27 year old Port Ellen. Perhaps the most legendary distilleries of them all, though now defunct. Just 396 bottles of this were released, a very rare Douglas Laing bottling. Serge from…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1979 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 48.60%
Port Ellen

27 year old Port Ellen distilled in 1982. This is rare whisky, aged in Bourbon casks and finished in ChÔteau D'Yquem sauternes barrels. This was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009, and…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
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Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 02 - bottled 2010) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

This is a single cask bottling of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill butt from February 1983 until September 2010. Part of the Single Malts of Scotland range of independent…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 02 - bottled 2010) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$559.55

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 6101) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A 27 year old, single cask Port Ellen, need we say more? Well, just in case we'll add that it was distilled in Spring 1983 (just before the legendary distillery closed for good) and was bottled in…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6101) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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