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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...

Brora 35 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 49.9%
Brora

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER Distilled in 1977, this extraordinary 35 year old Brora from Diageo's Special Releases was matured in American and European oak casks. It's the twelfth annual release of…  More info

Brora 35 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)
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$1,031.58

Brora 35 Year Old 1978 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 48.6%
Brora

Strictly 1 Per Customer A well-loved regular of Diageo's Special Releases, single malt from the closed Brora distillery is hugely sought after by connoisseurs and collectors alike. For the 2014…  More info

Brora 35 Year Old 1978 (2014 Special Release)
$1,244.11

Brora 37 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 50.4%
Brora

The fourteenth annual release of Brora single malt in Diageo's Special Releases is also the oldest in the series - a 37 year old 1977 vintage matured in refill American oak hogsheads. A release of…  More info

Brora 37 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2015)
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$1,345.08

Brora 38 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 48.6%
Brora

An exciting Brora that promises more "smoke, ash and peat" than recent releases, this 38 year old single malt from was distilled back in 1977. Matured in American oak hogshead and refill European oak…  More info

Brora 38 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2016)
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$1,503.30

Caledonian 29 Year Old 1987 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 49.7%
Caledonian

We've gone and got our hands on some 29 year old Caledonian single grain Scotch whisky to independently bottle for our Single Cask Series! This was distilled in April 1987 (a year before the…  More info

Caledonian 29 Year Old 1987 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$108.81

Caledonian 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 900002) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.9%
Caledonian

Single grain whisky from a closed distillery, matured for almost four decades in a single hogshead. This was distilled in April 1976 and set aside for 39 years until August 2015, when it was bottled…  More info

Caledonian 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 900002) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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$331.70

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 23630) - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.8%
Caledonian

A very exciting independent bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the long-closed (and now demolished) Caledonian distillery. It was distilled in March 1974 and matured in a single cask for…  More info

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 23630) - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Caledonian 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11836) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.2%
Caledonian

Very, very rare single grain Scotch whisky here from the Caledonian distillery, presented as part of The Sovereign range by Hunter Laing. The Caledonian distillery stood in Edinburgh since 1855,…  More info

Caledonian 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11836) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1965 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.3%
Caledonian

A beautiful 45 year old single grain whisky, distilled in 1965 and aged in bourbon barrel 7501 before bottling for Duncan Taylor's Clan Denny range.  More info

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1965 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1965 -The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.1%
Caledonian

A natural cask strength Caledonian grain whisky, this was matured in cask 6294 (a bourbon barrel) for 45 years before bottling under the Clan Denny label.  More info

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1965 -The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

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

50cl, 45.6%
Caperdonich

This whisky is from the Speyside distillery of Caperdonich, a distillery with a turbulent history. Caperdonich opened in 1897 under the imaginative name Glen Grant Number Two, after its sister…  More info

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

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

50cl, 46.2%
Caperdonich

The Caperdonich distillery was sadly mothballed in 2002, though there is still some whisky available for fantastic bottlings such as this one from ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’. This label…  More info

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

Caperdonich - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.7%
Caperdonich

This is Batch 3 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Caperdonich, bottled at 45.7% abv with a cult graphic-novel-style label featuring the legendary pipe that supposedly ran between Caperdonich and…  More info

Caperdonich - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Caperdonich - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.1%
Caperdonich

The fourth batch of Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by 'That Boutique-y Whisky Company', once again features the cheeky bunch who allegedly were pinching whisky under cover of darkness…  More info

Caperdonich - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Caperdonich 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery in Speyside in the Spring of 1997 and matured for 12 years in a single refill hogshead (number 5569) before bottling by Douglas Laing for the…  More info

Caperdonich 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Caperdonich 16 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

Bottled un-chill filtered, and with no caramel colouring, this is pure, unadulterated whisky. Distilled at Caperdonich on the 9th July 1994, it was aged in two hogsheads, and was bottled by Signatory…  More info

Caperdonich 16 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Caperdonich 17 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

Distilled at Caperdonich on the 9th July 1994, this was aged in hogsheads 96522 and 96523 for 17 years before bottling on the 2nd September 2011 by Signatory. A release of 781 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 17 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Caperdonich 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

This is an un-chill-filtered bottling of seventeen year old caperdonich by independent bottler Signatory.  More info

Caperdonich 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1994 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caperdonich

This is an eighteen year old bottling from the mothballed distillery of Caperdonich. This whisky has been bottled at 50%abv without chill-filtration as a part of Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask…  More info

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1994 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 95076) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

A Berry Brothers & Rudd bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery. It was distilled in 1995, around 7 years before the distillery closed its doors for the last…  More info

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 95076) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$90.83

Caperdonich 19 Year Old - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 54%
Caperdonich

Bottled by up-and-coming independent bottler Lady of the Glen, this 19 year old Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky is very promising if it indicates how good their future releases will be. It was…  More info

Caperdonich 19 Year Old - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

Caperdonich 19 Year Old 1992 Cask 46238 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.3%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery on the 3rd April 1992 and it was aged for 19 years in hogshead number 46238 before bottling at cask strength by Signatory on the 17th May 2011.  More info

Caperdonich 19 Year Old 1992 Cask 46238 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caperdonich 19 Year Old 1992 Cask 46239 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.1%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery on the 3rd of April 1992. It was aged in cask 46239 for 19 years before bottling by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection on the 14th September…  More info

Caperdonich 19 Year Old 1992 Cask 46239 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caperdonich 1968 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

Matured in refill sherry hogsheads, a 1968 vintage from the Caperdonich distillery. A lovely 39 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range.  More info

Caperdonich 1968 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Caperdonich 1969 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

A second fill hogshead matured Caperdonich, distilled in 1969 and aged for 40 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Caperdonich 1969 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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