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

70cl, 53.9%
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)
$2545.88

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

70cl, 58.3%
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)
$2003.81

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1978 - 16th Release (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 55.2%
Port Ellen

Like most of this year's Special Releases, this is a natural cask strength single malt whisky matured in refill American oak hogshead and refill European oak butts. Unlike most of this year's Special…  More info

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1978 - 16th Release (Special Release 2016)
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$2651.95

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

70cl, 47.1%
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)
$903.05

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 53.3%
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)
$795.59

The Half-Century Blend

70cl, 45.5%
The Blended Whisky Company

Launched in the latter half of 2016, The Half-Century Blend is The Blended Whisky Company's bottle-shaped love letter to the days of whisky production where "less efficient barley-strains, sprawling…  More info

The Half-Century Blend
3
$636.42

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 8

70cl, 53.1%
The Blended Whisky Company

Estimate despatch 14th December The Lost Distilleries Blend from The Blended Whisky Company is an outstanding expression made exclusively with Scotch whiskies from distilleries that have sadly…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 8
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$371.21

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

50cl, 47.2%
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, 42.4%
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, 45.2%
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)
$795.59

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)

Banff 21 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57.1%
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, 41.8%
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)

Banff 37 Year Old 1975 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 45.1%
Banff

A sublime old Banff from Duncan Taylor's Rarest of the Rare range, this was distilled in August 1975 before a single cask maturation of 37 years. It was bottled in September 2012 and comes at natural…  More info

Banff 37 Year Old 1975 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

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

70cl, 53.4%
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)

Banff 40 Year Old 1975 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 40.6%
Banff

An independent bottling of rare single malt Scotch whisky from the long-closed Banff distillery, aged in a refill hogshead cask for 40 years, from November 1975 to July 2016. 122 bottles were…  More info

Banff 40 Year Old 1975 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$888.75

Ben Wyvis 27 Year Old 1972 The Final Resurrection

70cl, 43%
Ben Wyvis

A release of 471 rare bottles of Ben Wyvis single malt distilled in 1972 and bottled from what was at the time the final three remaining casks (casks 744, 1058 & 1059) owned by the distillery (one…  More info

Ben Wyvis 27 Year Old 1972 The Final Resurrection
$1479.79

Ben Wyvis 37 Year Old 1965

70cl, 44%
Ben Wyvis

An extremely rare bottling from the long since closed Ben Wyvis distillery, this 37 year old is single malt from a very limited release of just 200 bottles.  More info

Ben Wyvis 37 Year Old 1965
$1182.76

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

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

50cl, 47.1%
Brora

Continuing on the cat-inspired theme present in the Boutique-y Whisky Company's Clynelish (a distillery which neighbours Brora), here we see a far more terrifying-looking label with a truly ferocious…  More info

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

Brora - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.1%
Brora

It is well known that whisky from the closed Brora distillery are the (wild)cat's pyjamas and rare as hen's teeth, which is why we're sure many ears will perk up at the sound of this: Batch 2 of…  More info

Brora - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Brora 1982 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Brora

A vintage Gordon & MacPhail of Brora single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery was mothballed. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice in 1999.…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Brora 1982 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Brora

This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Brora single malt Scotch whisky, as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. This bottling features whisky which was distilled in 1982, a year before the…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$662.93

Brora 1982 (bottled 2008) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Brora

A 26 year old from the Connoisseur's Choice range. This bottling was matured in refill sherry casks and bottled in 2008 exhibiting the typical Brora style; though a Northern Highland malt, it has a…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2008) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Brora 1982 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brora

Distilled at the sadly closed Brora distillery in the Highlands of Scotland in 1982, this Gordon & MacPhail bottling matured in a refill Sherry puncheon.  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$404.62

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