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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...

Carsebridge 52 Year Old 1964 (cask 89153) - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 41.7%
Carsebridge

Very rare single grain Scotch whisky here, distilled by Carsebridge all the way back in January 1964! This was filled into cask #89153 and left to mature for 52 years(!) before we bottled it for our…  More info

Carsebridge 52 Year Old 1964 (cask 89153) - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$334.79

Carsebridge 52 Year Old 1964 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 40.5%
Carsebridge

An extraordinarily well aged 52 year old single grain Scotch whisky from a single refill barrel. Distilled in January 1964, we bottled it at a natural cask strength of 40.5% in May 2016 with an…  More info

Carsebridge 52 Year Old 1964 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$334.79

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)

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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Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 59.4%
Coleburn

A cask strength edition, 1979 vintage, part of Diageo's Rare Malts range, this 21 year old proffers a rare chance to sample a single malt from the now closed Coleburn distillery.  More info

Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

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)

Coleburn 29 Year Old 1979 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 44.3%
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)
$566.80

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Convalmore

A 1975 vintage Convalmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 by the folks at Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old range. Convalmore once resided in the Speyside region, though sadly shut its…  More info

Convalmore 1975 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/16/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$596.74

Convalmore 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Convalmore

This was distilled at Convalmore in 1981, and aged for 17 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 1998 for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Convalmore 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

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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Convalmore 24 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 59.4%
Convalmore

A 24 year old official expression from the now silent Convalmore distillery, this bottling was distilled in 1978 and has been released at cask strength as part of a rare limited edition.  More info

Convalmore 24 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts
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Convalmore 28 Year Old

70cl, 57.9%
Convalmore

A 28 year old official expression from the now silent Convalmore distillery, this bottling has been released at cask strength and is part of a rare limited edition of just 3,900 bottles.  More info

Convalmore 28 Year Old

Convalmore 32 Year Old 1975 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Convalmore

A 32 year old from the Convalmore distillery, distilled in 1975 and matured in a bourbon cask. This single malt is part of a limited release of just 202 bottles and has been bottled at 48%.  More info

Convalmore 32 Year Old 1975 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

Convalmore 36 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 58%
Convalmore

A fantastic 36 year old from the closed distillery of Convalmore, silent since 1985. Matured in European Oak refill casks, only 2,680 sought after, natural cask strength bottles are available as part…  More info

Convalmore 36 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)
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$681.12

Dallas Dhu 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Dallas Dhu

Matured in refill bourbon casks, this 1975 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range is a superb 32 year old expression from the Dallas Dhu distillery.  More info

Dallas Dhu 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Dallas Dhu 1979 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Dallas Dhu

The closed Dallas Dhu distillery in Speyside produced this single malt Scotch whisky in 1979. Unfortunately they aren't around anymore to bottle it, but Gordon and Macphail have done that job and…  More info

Dallas Dhu 1979 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Dallas Dhu 1982 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Dallas Dhu

This was distilled in 1982 at the Dallas Dhu distillery, and bottled after 23 years in refill bourbon casks by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Dallas Dhu 1982 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Dallas Dhu 1982 35cl (Gordon and MacPhail)

35cl, 40%
Dallas Dhu

A half bottle of 23 year old, refill bourbon matured Dallas Dhu, distilled in 1982 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Dallas Dhu 1982 35cl (Gordon and MacPhail)

Dallas Dhu 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.9%
Dallas Dhu

This is a 21 year old Dallas Dhu single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Rare Malts collection. A 1975 vintage whisky from a long closed distillery - as you can imagine, it's not every day…  More info

Dallas Dhu 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
$399.54

Dallas Dhu 29 Year Old 1981 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53%
Dallas Dhu

Distilled at Dallas Dhu in April 1981 and aged for 29 years in cask 388 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in May 2010 as part of a release of 271 individually numbered, cask strength bottles.  More info

Dallas Dhu 29 Year Old 1981 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Dallas Dhu 30 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.7%
Dallas Dhu

Distilled at Dallas Dhu on the 5th June 1979 and aged in refill butt number 1385 for a whopping 31 years before bottling at cask strength by Signatory. A release of 505 bottles.  More info

Dallas Dhu 30 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Dallas Dhu 32 Year Old 1972 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Dallas Dhu

A single cask Dallas Dhu distilled in March 1972, matured for 32 years in refill butt number 748, and bottled by Douglas Laing in October 2004. A release of 605 bottles.  More info

Dallas Dhu 32 Year Old 1972 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Dallas Dhu 33 Year Old 1975 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.7%
Dallas Dhu

A Signatory bottling from Dallas Dhu, this was distilled on the 8th October 1975, matured for 33 years in hogshead number 1899, before bottling on the 28th April 2009. A release of just 181…  More info

Dallas Dhu 33 Year Old 1975 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Dunglass and Littlemill 1967 (Signatory)

100cl, 43.5%
Littlemill

A pair of beautiful looking decanter bottles, bottled by Signatory. Both are from the Littlemill distillery, in the Lowlands. Dunglass was the name given to peated whisky distilled at Littlemill…  More info

Dunglass and Littlemill 1967 (Signatory)

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