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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...

Kinclaith 40 Year Old 1969 (cask 301445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 47.30%
Kinclaith

Single malt whisky from Kinclaith is extremely rare and highly sought after. Built to provide malt whisky for the Long John blend, the distillery was only in operation for 18 years, between 1957 an…  More info

Kinclaith 40 Year Old 1969 (cask 301445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
2
$2146.22

Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)

70cl, 48.60%
Ladyburn

It's incredibly rare to see a bottling of Ladyburn single malt Scotch whisky, seeing as the distillery was closed in 1975 after only being founded on the Girvan grain distillery site 9 years prior.…  More info

Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)
1
$2861.85

Ladyburn 41 Year Old (William Grant & Sons)

70cl, 40%
Ladyburn

Boy oh boy! A very special bottling here - a 41 year old single malt from a closed distillery that shut its doors back in 1975, having only been founded in 1966! Yes, this is William Grant & Sons…  More info

Ladyburn 41 Year Old (William Grant & Sons)
$1762.36

Linlithgow 25 Year Old 1982 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 51.40%
St. Magdalene

A cask strength release from Murray McDavid's Mission range. This was distilled at the St Magdalene distillery (sometimes known as Linlithgow) in 1982, it was then aged in bourbon casks before a…  More info

Linlithgow 25 Year Old 1982 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$964.10

Littlemill 25 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2015

70cl, 50.40%
Littlemill

A rare bottling of Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, released for their Private Cellar Edition series. Though the distillery in the Lowlands shut its doors for the last time in 1994 (and much of…  More info

Littlemill 25 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2015
$2178.09

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

150cl, 56%
Littlemill

A magnum of whisky from a closed distillery! Matured in a single refill hogshead, the outturn was just 23 of these huge 1.5 litre bottles at natural cask strength. Littlemill lies in the Lowland…  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)
$1568.06

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 49.90%
Pittyvaich

One of a group of distilleries to feature in the 2015 Special Releases that's rarely seen, in this case because it was only open from 1974 to 1993. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)
$275.70

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)

70cl, 59.40%
Port Ellen

The second bottling in Diageo's series of Port Ellens for their annual Special Releases. A rare and sought after whisky from a legendary distillery that stopped producing back in 1983. This bottle…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)
$1759.02

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)

70cl, 56.20%
Port Ellen

A rare Diageo Special Release of single malt from the legendary closed distillery of Port Ellen, bottled in 2004! We were lucky enough to taste this release at Fèis Ìle 2011. This bottle was part…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)
$2200.15

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.80%
Port Ellen

An independent bottling of single malt from the closed and now legendary Port Ellen distillery on Islay. It was bottled in 2006, when the Old & Rare Platinum range was still part of the Douglas Laing…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$1096.73

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1983 - 15th Release (2015 Special Release)

70cl, 53.90%
Port Ellen

32 year old single malt Scotch whisky from an Islay distillery that was mothballed in 1983 and never reopened. The whisky comes from the final year of production. Matured in refill European oak butts…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1983 - 15th Release (2015 Special Release)
$2646.80

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 58.30%
Port Ellen

Sherry matured single cask Port Ellen! Hunter Laing have bottled this extremely exciting 33 year old malt from this famous closed Islay distillery. Bottled from the Sherry butt in October 2015, just…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$2036.17

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

70cl, 56.50%
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)
$1331.59

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 10914) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.60%
Port Ellen

A 36 year old Port Ellen! Need we say more? Well, it was distilled in May 1979 and bottled by Douglas Laing for their Extra Old Particular range in September 2015. 227 bottles were filled from a…  More info

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 10914) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1232.69

Rare Ayrshire 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3421) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 47.10%
Ladyburn

Ooh, an indie Rare Ayrshire! These are indeed very rare, as the distillery from which the whisky came from has long been closed. This is a 40 year old rare Ayrshire single malt, put into its bourbon…  More info

Rare Ayrshire 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3421) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$938.85

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 53.30%
Caledonian

A single grain whisky in the Special Releases! The first since 2011's Port Dundas and only the second ever as far as we can remember. Caledonian grain distillery in Edinburgh closed in 1988 and is…  More info

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)
$827.13

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 5

70cl, 50.40%
The Blended Whisky Company

The fifth batch of this superb and unique whisky from The Blended Whisky Company. Made exclusively using whiskies from some of the most renowned - though sadly now closed - distilleries in Scotland,…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 5
2
$385.93

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 6

70cl, 49.30%
The Blended Whisky Company

A truly extraordinary award-winning series continues - behold, Batch 6 of the Lost Distilleries Blend. This spectacular blended Scotch whisky is produced solely using whiskies from some of the most…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 6
12
$385.93

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 7

70cl, 49.50%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Lost Distilleries Blend is a truly extraordinary whisky made exclusively with malts and grains from renowned, but sadly closed, Scottish distilleries. The surviving stock from these once great…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 7
4
$385.93

Ayrshire - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.20%
Ladyburn

'Ayrshire' single malt, as you may know, comes from the... well, the clue's in the label design really. A burning lady? A burning lady in a burn? A lady-burn? Yes, that. Apologies for it being so…  More info

Ayrshire - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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)

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.20%
Banff

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 1966 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Banff distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2015 as part of the Rare Old range, which features…  More info

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$827.13

Banff 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Banff

A 32 year old bottling from the Gordon and MacPhail Connoisseur's Choice range. This single malt from the Banff distillery was matured in refill sherry casks before bottling in 2008.  More info

Banff 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$136.47

Banff 21 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57.10%
Banff

A cask strength 21 year old bottling from Diageo's Rare Malts range, this 1982 vintage proffers a last chance to own a bottle from the Banff distillery, closed for over 15 years. Please note that…  More info

Banff 21 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

Banff 36 Year Old 1975 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 41.80%
Banff

A brilliant and very rare 36 year old from the Banff distillery. This was distilled in November 1975 and aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling in June 2012. A wonderful single cask whisky…  More info

Banff 36 Year Old 1975 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
$292.60

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