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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...

Glen Mhor 1980 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Mhor

Distilled at Glen Mhor in 1980 and bottled in 2006, an old bottling for a now closed distillery.  More info

Glen Mhor 1980 (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$304.78

Glenlochy 1979 (bottled 2012) - Rare Old (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Glenlochy

This single malt whisky was distilled at the now demolished Glenlochy in 1979. Located in Fort William, the distillery would close just 4 years later. This rare independent release from Gordon &…  More info

Glenlochy 1979 (bottled 2012) - Rare Old (Gordon & Macphail)
1
$545.21

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 5

70cl, 50.40%
The Blended Whisky Company

The fifth batch of this superb and unique whisky from The Blended Whisky Company. Made exclusively using whiskies from some of the most renowned - though sadly now closed - distilleries in Scotland,…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 5
2
$383.12

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 6

70cl, 49.30%
The Blended Whisky Company

A truly extraordinary award-winning series continues - behold, Batch 6 of the Lost Distilleries Blend. This spectacular blended Scotch whisky is produced solely using whiskies from some of the most…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 6
12
$383.12

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Imperial

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Imperial distillery. It was distilled in 1996, 2 years before they shut their doors for the last time, and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
1
$78.39

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 7

70cl, 49.50%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Lost Distilleries Blend is a truly extraordinary whisky made exclusively with malts and grains from renowned, but sadly closed, Scottish distilleries. The surviving stock from these once great…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 7
4
$383.12

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)

70cl, 56.20%
Port Ellen

A rare Diageo Special Release of single malt from the legendary closed distillery of Port Ellen, bottled in 2004! We were lucky enough to taste this release at Fèis Ìle 2011. This bottle was part…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)
$2184.11

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
$656.82

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Coleburn

The Coleburn distillery was sadly one of the many losses suffered by the whisky world during the 1980s - luckily, some independent bottlers continue to bottle the whisky which they distilled before…  More info

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$455.29

Glenesk 1980 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenesk

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenesk single malt selected for their Rare Old series.  More info

Glenesk 1980 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$491.67

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)
$628.25

Inverleven 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/09) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Inverleven

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Inverleven distillery, which has sadly been closed since 2002. This was distilled in 1986 and left to mature until 2015, when it was…  More info

Inverleven 1986 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/09) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$373.37

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 48%
Imperial

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor range. This is a 1995 vintage, meaning it was distilled a few years before the…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$223.00

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)

70cl, 59.40%
Port Ellen

The second bottling in Diageo's series of Port Ellens for their annual Special Releases. A rare and sought after whisky from a legendary distillery that stopped producing back in 1983. This bottle…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)
$1746.20

Linlithgow 25 Year Old 1982 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 51.40%
St. Magdalene

A cask strength release from Murray McDavid's Mission range. This was distilled at the St Magdalene distillery (sometimes known as Linlithgow) in 1982, it was then aged in bourbon casks before a…  More info

Linlithgow 25 Year Old 1982 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$957.07

Littlemill 25 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2015

70cl, 50.40%
Littlemill

A rare bottling of Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, released for their Private Cellar Edition series. Though the distillery in the Lowlands shut its doors for the last time in 1994 (and much of…  More info

Littlemill 25 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2015
$2162.21

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 49.90%
Pittyvaich

One of a group of distilleries to feature in the 2015 Special Releases that's rarely seen, in this case because it was only open from 1974 to 1993. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)
$273.69

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.80%
Port Ellen

An independent bottling of single malt from the closed and now legendary Port Ellen distillery on Islay. It was bottled in 2006, when the Old & Rare Platinum range was still part of the Douglas Laing…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$1088.73

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
$1746.20

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

150cl, 56%
Littlemill

A magnum of whisky from a closed distillery! Matured in a single refill hogshead, the outturn was just 23 of these huge 1.5 litre bottles at natural cask strength. Littlemill lies in the Lowland…  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)
$1556.62

Glenlochy 32 Year Old 1980 (cask 1759) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 60.10%
Glenlochy

This is a thirty-two year old single malt whisky from the Glenlochy distillery bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. The distillery was closed in 1983 and today only the…  More info

Glenlochy 32 Year Old 1980 (cask 1759) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$763.74

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

70cl, 53.90%
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)
$2627.50

Caledonian 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.30%
Caledonian

Founded in 1855 and originally called Edinburgh distillery, Caledonian (or 'The Cally' as it was known by those who worked there) was located by Haymarket station in Edinburgh. Once home the largest…  More info

Caledonian 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$166.35

Caledonian 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 51.50%
Caledonian

A yummy 33 year old single cask bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the now closed Caledonian distillery! Distilled in October 1982 and bottled in January 2016, it aged in cask number 1254, a…  More info

Caledonian 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$234.23

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

70cl, 58.30%
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)
$2021.32

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