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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 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)
$95.07

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57%
Glenury

A fantastic Rare Malts bottling of Glenury Royal single malt Scotch whisky, from the sadly closed and demolished Glenury distillery in Stonehaven. This release was distilled in 1970 and bottled at…  More info

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts
$642.66

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts (Bottle No. 1504)

70cl, 57%
Glenury

Single malt Scotch whisky from the long closed Glenury Royal distillery, which shut its doors in 1983 and was demolished soon after. This bottling from the Rare Malts range was distilled in 1970 and…  More info

Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts (Bottle No. 1504)
$652.77

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

70cl, 57.50%

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)

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)

Glenlochy 29 Year Old 1980 Cask 2649 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.80%
Glenlochy

Glenlochy distilled on the 21st August 1980 and aged for 29 years in hogshead number 2649 before bottling on the 22nd June 2010. A release of 265 numbered bottles from Signatory's Cask Strength…  More info

Glenlochy 29 Year Old 1980 Cask 2649 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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)
$103.27

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.80%
Port Ellen

A marvellous and decidedly rare Port Ellen distilled in April 1982 and aged for a massive 30 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in April 2012 for Douglas Laing's premium Old and Rare…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
$490.67

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.20%
Port Ellen

A marvellous and decidedly rare Port Ellen distilled in 1982 and aged for a massive 30 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in 2012 for Douglas Laing's premium Old and Rare Platinum…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
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$490.67

Caperdonich 30 Years Old 1982 (cask 8778) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.90%
Caperdonich

This is a 30 year old Single Malt Whisky from the closed distillery of Caperdonich. This has been bottled for Douglas Laing's Director's Cut range and is a stunning example of this lost distillery.  More info

Caperdonich 30 Years Old 1982 (cask 8778) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$197.46

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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$149.41

Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Release)

70cl, 55.70%
Brora

Just 2,958 individually numbered bottles were released. This Brora 30 year old was matured in refill American and European oak casks and was released in September of 2007.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2006 Release)

70cl, 55.70%
Brora

Just 2,130 bottles of this fifth-edition of Brora 30 were released. Aged in refill American and European oak casks, this single malt was released in 2006.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2006 Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2002 Release)

70cl, 52.40%
Brora

This has recently become a hard to come by bottling from the Brora distillery. A 30 year old released in 2002 as part of a group of older whiskies from the now closed Northern Highland-based…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2002 Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2005 Release)

70cl, 56.30%
Brora

Part of a series of seven releases from the Brora distillery, this is the fourth release of Brora 30 year old and was launched in 2005. There are some cereal notes, with oily spice and a nice breath…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2005 Release)

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 9828) - Directors Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.70%
Port Ellen

A single cask Port Ellen from the Port Ellen distillery in the town of Port Ellen. This 30 year old single cask release was matured in a refill hogshead, which yielded just 94 precious bottles. Part…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 9828) - Directors Cut (Douglas Laing)
$679.00

Linlithgow 30 Year Old 1973

70cl, 59.60%
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.  More info

Linlithgow 30 Year Old 1973

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.10%
Port Ellen

Douglas Laing properly go for it with their Old and Rare Platinum range, picking only the most ridiculously desirable whiskies to join the impressive selection. Speaking of ridiculously desirable,…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$778.65

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%
Port Ellen

Saying that Port Ellen whisky is sought-after is like saying jam is pretty good on toast - a massive understatement! The distillery on Islay closed in 1983, to the disappointment of many who loved…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
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$2182.63

Glenugie 30 Year Old 1980 - Deoch an Doras

70cl, 52.10%
Glenugie

Official bottlings of Glenugie single malt Scotch whisky are rare as hen's teeth, considering the distillery was closed in 1983. This is the second release from the Deoch an Doras range of official…  More info

Glenugie 30 Year Old 1980 - Deoch an Doras
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$422.26

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask Commemorative (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.60%
Port Ellen

A rare 30 year old bottling from the Douglas Laing 'Old Malt Cask' range.  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask Commemorative (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10124) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.50%
Port Ellen

Ah, looky! I'd better go and open this window here so I can shout out of it that we have a new sooty, leathery Port Ellen from Douglas Laing in stock. They'll probably all be gone by the time I turn…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10124) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$946.92

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Release)

70cl, 53.20%
Brora

The most recent release of Brora rare, cask strength 30 year old. John Hansell even rated this a whopping 95 points! This is a muscular, powerful dram.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Release)
$319.12

Brora 30 Year Old (2003 Release)

70cl, 55.70%
Brora

A rare, 30 year old cask strength dram from Brora. The Brora distillery has since been closed and is now used as a warehouse and visitor centre by adjacent distillery, Clynelish.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2003 Release)

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

70cl, 53.70%
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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$330.98

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