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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...

Garnheath 40 Year Old 1969 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.9%
Garnheath

A well aged grain whisky from the Garnheath distillery (a pretty much unknown Grain distillery which operated within the Moffat complex in the Lowlands). This was aged in cask HH 5538 - a refill…  More info

Garnheath 40 Year Old 1969 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
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Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11029) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.9%
Garnheath

Well here's something you don't see very often, a bottling of Garnheath grain whisky! Operating between 1965 and 1986 Garnheath distillery was located within the Moffat complex (where Glen Flagler…  More info

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11029) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 313235) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.8%
Garnheath

An independent bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the seldom-heard-from Garnheath distillery, which operated within the Moffat complex in the Lowlands from 1965 to 1986. This whisky was…  More info

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 313235) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11093) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.2%
Garnheath

A very rare bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the Garnheath distillery, which was sadly shut back in 1988. This was distilled in February 1974, matured in a single barrel for 42 years and…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11093) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11209) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.5%
Garnheath

This is a bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the Garneath distillery, which you certainly don't see every day, considering it closed all the way back in 1988! Bottled as part of Douglas…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11209) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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$251.73

Glen Albyn 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Albyn

A rare single malt, distilled in 1975 at the now silent Glen Albyn distillery, a rare smooth, fresh whisky.  More info

Glen Albyn 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$235.40

Glen Albyn 26 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 54.8%
Glen Albyn

A cask strength bottling from the now closed Glen Albyn distillery, distilled in 1975 and bottled at 26 years old in 2001.  More info

Glen Albyn 26 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

Glen Albyn 28 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.1%
Glen Albyn

A rare single cask bottling from a closed distillery! This was distilled on the 16th January 1981, matured in hogshead number 51 and bottled by Signatory on the 27th October 2009. Part of a release…  More info

Glen Albyn 28 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glen Albyn 29 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.5%
Glen Albyn

Single cask fro the now silent Glen Albyn distillery. This was distilled on the 16th January 1981, aged in hogshead number 50 for 29 years and bottled by Signatory at cask strength in 15th March…  More info

Glen Albyn 29 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glen Esk 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenesk

Distilled at Glen Esk in 1984 and aged for 20 years before bottling in 2004 for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range.  More info

Glen Esk 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glen Flagler (75cl) - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glenflagler

Rare and collectible among whisky historians, this is a bottle of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Flagler distillery in the Lowlands, which operated between the 1960s and the 1980s. This…  More info

Glen Flagler (75cl) - 1970s
$251.09

Glen Flagler - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Glenflagler

An incredibly rare and exciting find for whisky history buffs. This is a bottle of Glen Flagler Scotch whisky, bottled in the 1970s. The lowland distillery in Airdrie where it was produced was…  More info

Glen Flagler - 1970s
$502.18

Glen Mhor 1965 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Glen Mhor

A rare and exciting bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from long-silent Glen Mhor distillery. Glen Mhor produced their whisky in the Highland region from the late 1800s until the early 1980s, when…  More info

Glen Mhor 1965 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail

Glen Mhor 1965 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Mhor

A rare 1965 vintage release from Gordon and MacPhail. A single malt from the now silent Glen Mhor distillery.  More info

Glen Mhor 1965 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glen Mhor 1979 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

35cl, 66.7%
Glen Mhor

Distilled at the now silent Glen Mhor in 1979 and bottled in July 1995 at a thunderous cask strength.  More info

Glen Mhor 1979 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glen Mhor 1980 (bottled 2007) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Mhor

This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the now sadly demolished Glen Mhor distillery. Standing proud in Inverness from the 1890s until the 1980s, Glen Mhor was a…  More info

Glen Mhor 1980 (bottled 2007) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glen Mhor 22 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61%
Glen Mhor

A very rare whisky from the now silent distillery, Glen Mhor. This was distilled in 1979 and aged for 22 years before bottling in October 2001 for the Rare Malts range. Each bottle is…  More info

Glen Mhor 22 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts
$365.45

Glen Mhor 27 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55%
Glen Mhor

A single cask from the now closed Glen Mhor distillery. This was distilled on the 1st September 1982, matured for 27 years in hogshead number 1327 before bottling on the 6th April 2010 at cask…  More info

Glen Mhor 27 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Glen Mhor 27 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Mhor

A 27 year old from the Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled at the Glen Mhor distillery (which is now long gone) in August 1982 and it was aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in August 2009.  More info

Glen Mhor 27 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glen Mhor 28 Year Old 1976 - Rare Malts

70cl, 51.9%
Glen Mhor

A very rare edition of 28 year old single malt from the silent Glen Mhor distillery, bottled under Diageo's Rare Malts label.  More info

Glen Mhor 28 Year Old 1976 - Rare Malts

Glen Mhor 28 Year Old 1982 Cask 1328 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.8%
Glen Mhor

A 28 year old single cask whisky from the now closed Glen Mhor distillery. This was distilled in 1982, aged in a single wine treated hogshead and bottled By Signatory on the 24th November 2010.  More info

Glen Mhor 28 Year Old 1982 Cask 1328 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glen Mhor 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 1604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51%
Glen Mhor

This was distilled at Glen Mhor on the 22nd September 1982, and it was aged for 29 years in hogshead 1604 before bottling by Signatory at natural cask strength.  More info

Glen Mhor 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 1604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glen Mhor 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 1606) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.7%
Glen Mhor

Though the Glen Mhor distillery has been silent for decades now, some of their whisky still finds its way to bottles somehow - the Glen Mhor legacy continues! This bottling comes to us by way of…  More info

Glen Mhor 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 1606) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Glen Mhor 30 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Mhor

This was distilled at the Glen Mhor distillery in August 1982. It was then aged for 30 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in October 2012. There are just 228 bottles available, from Douglas…  More info

Glen Mhor 30 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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Glen Mhor 34 Years Old 1975 (cask 6034) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 43.7%
Glen Mhor

34 year old single malt Scotch whisky, distilled by Glen Mhor in 1975, around 8 years before the distillery was closed (and eventually demolished). This well-matured single malt Scotch whisky comes…  More info

Glen Mhor 34 Years Old 1975 (cask 6034) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

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