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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 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7416 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.60%
Caperdonich

Distilled at Caperdonich in November 1972, and aged for 37 years in cask number 7416 before bottling in April 2010 by Duncan Taylor. This is part of a release of 114 numbered bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7416 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7420 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.40%
Caperdonich

A single cask Caperdonich distilled in November 1972 and aged for 37 years in cask number 7420 before bottling by Duncan Taylor for the Rare Auld range at cask strength in January 2010. A release of…  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7420 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7437 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.50%
Caperdonich

Distilled in November 1972 and aged for 37 years in cask number 7437. This was bottled in July 2010 at Cask Strength for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Rare Auld range. A release of 161 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7437 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1970 (Adelphi)

70cl, 57.10%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at Caperdonich in 1970. The distilled was mothballed in 2002, so its whisky is becoming rather rare. This was aged in cask 4378 before bottling in 2008 by Adelphi as a release of…  More info

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1970 (Adelphi)

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1970 (Adelphi) 10cl

10cl, 47.10%
Caperdonich

A very well aged bottle of Caperdonich, or sample should we say! An excellent chance to try 38 year old single cask Caperdonich, this was distilled in 1970 and matured in cask number 4378 before…  More info

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1970 (Adelphi) 10cl

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1970 - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 43.50%
Caperdonich

Just look at how handsome this whisky looks! Look closer and gaze with awe and wonderment at the solid wood, polished presentation case. This was distilled at Caperdonich in the 1st May 1970 and…  More info

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1970 - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
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Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1972 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.80%
Caperdonich

Distilled in October 1978 and aged in cask 6738 before bottling for Duncan Taylor's Rare Auld range in October 2010 at cask strength. A release of 152 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1972 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1972 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.60%
Caperdonich

This Caperdonich was distilled in November 1972 and aged in cask 7440 for 38 years before bottling in May 2011. A release of 181 bottles from Duncan Taylor's Rarest of the Rare series.  More info

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1972 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 39 Year Old - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 42.20%
Caperdonich

A 39 year old Caperdonich (a now closed distillery) from Duncan Taylor's Lonach range, made up by blending under strength and over strength whiskies from single distilleries.  More info

Caperdonich 39 Year Old - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%
Caperdonich

Aged for a whopping 40 years, this Caperdonich is an incredible whisky from Duncan Taylor's Peerless range. Each whisky in the range is aged for at least 40 years in the vaults of the distilleries…  More info

Caperdonich 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3245 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.80%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery in October of 1969, and it was aged in cask 3245 for 41 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their Rarest of the Rare collection in May of 2011.…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3245 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3254 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.30%
Caperdonich

Distilled in October 1969 at the Caperdonich distillery, aged for 41 years in single cask 3254 and bottled for the Rarest of the Rare series in March 2011. A release of 176 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3254 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 6740) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

From the closed Caperdonich distillery in Speyside comes this supreme single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled all the way back in 1972, when we first got a taste for the video-game Pong in the…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 6740) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
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$1343.62

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.70%
Caperdonich

A Duncan Taylor bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in cask 7458 for a massive 41 years! Though Caperdocih shut its doors back…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1297.08

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)
$95.30

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48.80%
Carsebridge

Single grain bottled by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled at Carsebridge in March 1979 and matured for 30 years in cask number 33043 before bottling at natural cask strength in March 2010. A release…  More info

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

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)
$103.51

Carsebridge 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 11848) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.90%
Carsebridge

Ooh, single grain Scotch whisky from the long-closed Carsebridge distillery! Not only that, this is 42 year old single grain Carsebridge! Incredibly rare, exciting stuff right here... It was…  More info

Carsebridge 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 11848) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$284.81

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

70cl, 44.70%
Carsebridge

Carsebridge was mothballed in 1983 then stripped of its parts in the 1990s, so what does this mean for this whisky? Well, it means we have a whisky that will never be produced again and will slowly…  More info

 Carsebridge 45 Year Old 1965 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$154.74

Coleburn 1972 (bottled 2013) (Lot No. RO/13/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Coleburn

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the seldom-seen Coleburn distillery, which was closed in 1985. Very collectible for whisky historians, this. It was distilled in 1972, long…  More info

Coleburn 1972 (bottled 2013) (Lot No. RO/13/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$642.00

Coleburn 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Coleburn

A 27 year old bottling from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range, single malts from the Coleburn distillery are decidedly rare and this refill sherry matured expression is a wonderful…  More info

Coleburn 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$237.06

Coleburn 25 Year Old 1980 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Coleburn

The Speyside distillery of Coleburn closed in 1985 and it is becoming more and more difficult to locate a bottle, thankfully this twenty-five year old Coleburn has been bottled by Douglas Laing for…  More info

Coleburn 25 Year Old 1980 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$157.35

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

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Convalmore

Independently bottled single single malt Scotch whisky from the Convalmore distillery, which shut its doors in 1985 for the last time. It was distilled 10 years before that, in 1975, and bottled in…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$554.69

Convalmore 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Convalmore

A 23 year old expression from Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled at the now silent Convalmore distillery in 1984 and matured in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in July of 2008.  More info

Convalmore 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$127.17

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