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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 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

75cl, 59.1%
Brora

The Brora Distillery has been closed for many moons (though plans are in place for it to reopen!), but this expression was distilled back in the days when the doors were open. Specifically, Brora…  More info

Brora 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
$1,540.36

Brora 22 Year Old 1972 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.1%
Brora

A brilliant Brora, from the year 1972. Though Brora closed just over a decade after this single malt was distilled in 1983, its resurrection is well under way! The whisky was bottled at 22 years old…  More info

Brora 22 Year Old 1972 - Rare Malts
$10,298.27

Dallas Dhu 50 Year Old 1969 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.1%
Dallas Dhu

A very impressive 50 year old single malt from the Dallas Dhu Distillery, originally known as Dallasmore. Sadly the distillery closed in 1983, but this whisky was distilled back in 1969 and filled…  More info

Dallas Dhu 50 Year Old 1969 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$7,123.49

Linlithgow 24 Year Old 1975 (cask 96/3/4) - First Cask

70cl, 46%
St. Magdalene

A single malt from the long closed St. Magdaline Distillery (sometimes known as Linlithgow), which was matured in a single cask laid down in 1975. After 24 years of rest, it was bottled by First Cask.  More info

Linlithgow 24 Year Old 1975 (cask 96/3/4) - First Cask
$669.73

North Port Brechin 24 Year Old 1976 (cask 3888) - First Cask

70cl, 46%
North Port

North Port single malt isn't something you see every day, but here we have a rare bottling of said whisky, which was distilled back in 1976 and bottled 24 years later by First Cask. A collectible…  More info

North Port Brechin 24 Year Old 1976 (cask 3888) - First Cask
$303.95

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.6%
Port Ellen

Douglas Laing has done something astonishing. They've managed to release the oldest independent bottling of Port Ellen single malt to date! This extraordinary (or should it be "Xtraordinary", since…  More info

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)
$3,606.20

St Magdalene 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 7662) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
St. Magdalene

A rare bottling of single malt from the St. Magadalene Distillery, which has long been closed. It was distilled in October 1982 and aged in a refill butt for 29 years before being bottled by Douglas…  More info

St Magdalene 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 7662) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$922.15

St Magdalene 30 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58.5%
St. Magdalene

A stunning single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary lost distillery St. Magdalene. This 30 year old single cask expression was matured in a refill sherry butt from 1982 to February 2013, then…  More info

St Magdalene 30 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$1,803.09

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)

70cl, 56.2%
Port Ellen

Today Port Ellen is a whisky legend, thanks to a myriad of reasons in the early 1980s the distillery was closed. However, this was no judgement on its character or of it's quality, and when the…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)
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$3,085.87

Linlithgow 30 Year Old 1973

70cl, 59.6%
St. Magdalene

A cask strength bottling of 30 year old whisky, bottled as Linlithgow, but distilled in 1973 at the St Magdalene distillery, a superb, well-aged Lowland single malt. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Linlithgow 30 Year Old 1973
$1,803.09

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.9%
Port Ellen

This is a classic Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the infamous, though sadly closed, Port Ellen distillery on Islay. Matured for 20 years after being distilled in 1978, it was…  More info

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts
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$1,540.36
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Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)

70cl, 48.6%
Ladyburn

It's incredibly rare to see a bottling of Ladyburn single malt Scotch whisky, seeing as the distillery was closed in 1975 after only being founded on the Girvan grain distillery site nine years…  More info

Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)
2
$2,472.82

Hillside 25 Year Old 1971 - Rare Malts

70cl, 62%
Glenesk

25 year old single malt from the long-closed Hillside distillery, distilled in 1971 and bottled in 1997 for the Diageo Rare Malts range. Not familiar with Hillside? Well, at the time it closed, the…  More info

Hillside 25 Year Old 1971 - Rare Malts
$819.12

North Port Brechin 36 Year Old 1981 (cask 1708) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

70cl, 57.2%
North Port

A rare whisky from the closed North Port distillery (it had many names over the years, with North Port and Brechin among the most well known). This one is 36 years old, distilled in November 1981 and…  More info

North Port Brechin 36 Year Old 1981 (cask 1708) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)
$1,313.69

North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 50.4%
North Port

A very rare release of single malt Scotch whisky from North Port-Brechin (the distillery had various named during its lifetime, two most notably North Port and Brechin), which closed in 1983 and was…  More info

North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$1,700.06
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Linlithgow 25 Year Old 1982 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 51.4%
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)
$978.78
$772.71
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Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition

70cl, 46.8%
Littlemill

Though the Littlemill distillery is no longer a thing, the whiskies produced at this Lowland distillery continue to sneak out to whisky enthusiasts - and this is a big one. This is a 40 year old old…  More info

Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition
$6,169.69

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 5884) - Distillery Reserve Collection (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 55.1%
Caperdonich

A delicious peaty Speysider, distilled at the now-closed Caperdonich on 20 January 1997. It was left in a second fill barrel until 17 June 2019, when Chivas Brothers emptied the cask. At 22 years…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 5884) - Distillery Reserve Collection (Chivas Brothers)
$303.95

Caledonian 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 18504) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.2%
Caledonian

A pretty special single grain whisky from the Caledonian distillery, which closed back in 1988 - just one year after this whisky was distilled! The Lowlander spent over three decades in a single…  More info

Caledonian 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 18504) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$210.14

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 51.1%
Glenlochy

A 35 year old Glenlochy single malt, aged in a single hogshead cask (#3232) from November 1980 to December 2015. Not much of this around these days, as the distillery was closed back in 1983. 218…  More info

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3232) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$1,236.41

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 11

70cl, 52.3%
The Blended Whisky Company

Whiskies produced by distilleries that have closed their doors for the final time has a tendency to become legendary liquid, highly sought after by collectors and cognoscenti alike. These storied…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 11
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$360.57
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Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (cask 13101) - Xtra Old Patricular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.3%
Port Ellen

An astonishing bottling from Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range - this is a well-sherried 35 year old single malt produced at Islay's long-closed Port Ellen distillery! It was aged in a single…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (cask 13101) - Xtra Old Patricular (Douglas Laing)
$1,800.55

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 - 200th Anniversary Release

70cl, 49.2%
Brora

This 40 Year Old hails from the silent Brora Distillery (though plans are under way to revive it!), released to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening. The distillery certainly went all out…  More info

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 - 200th Anniversary Release
$4,636.54

Caperdonich 22 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.6%
Caperdonich

It's an indie bottling of rare single malt from the Caperdonich distillery, sadly closed for many moons now. It was aged for 22 years before being bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, with a…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$257.53
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Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 47.1%
Glen Mhor

A very exciting independent bottling of 50 year old Glen Mhor single malt Scotch whisky - a rare whisky from a distillery which closed back in the early 1980s. This particularly bottling was…  More info

Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$4,894.12

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