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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 38 Year Old 1976 (cask 130950) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.8%
Carsebridge

Well aged grain whisky from the closed Carsebridge distillery, bottled by Signatory for La Maison du Whisky's Hogshead series. It spent over 38 years in a single cask between October 1976 and August…  More info

Carsebridge 38 Year Old 1976 (cask 130950) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$347.86

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.4%
Banff

Duncan Taylor only use rare, well aged whisky for their Tantalus range of releases, and this Banff single malt Scotch whisky fits the bill very well indeed. The Banff distillery closed in 1983, but…  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,093.93

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11529) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.7%
Carsebridge

Incredibly well-aged single grain from the Carsebridge distillery, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old Particular range. It was distilled in October 1976 and aged in a refill…  More info

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11529) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$242.66

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 9 years prior.…  More info

Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)
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$2,866.58

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11213) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.1%
Caledonian

An independent single grain Scotch whisky from the sadly shut Caledonian distillery! This was aged in a single refill hogshead cask for 40 years, from April 1976 to June 2016, before being bottled by…  More info

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11213) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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$372.79

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 53.3%
Caledonian

A single grain whisky in the Special Releases! The first since 2011's Port Dundas and only the second ever as far as we can remember. Caledonian grain distillery in Edinburgh closed in 1988 and is…  More info

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)
$805.98

Kinclaith 40 Year Old 1969 (cask 301445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 47.3%
Kinclaith

Single malt whisky from Kinclaith is extremely rare and highly sought after. Built to provide malt whisky for the Long John blend, the distillery was only in operation for 18 years, between 1957 an…  More info

Kinclaith 40 Year Old 1969 (cask 301445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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$2,091.34

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.7%
Caperdonich

A Duncan Taylor bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in cask 7458 for a massive 41 years! Though Caperdocih shut its doors back…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 7458) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,233.35

Garnheath 42 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 44.3%
Garnheath

A very rare treat for you here bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a 42 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the short-lived Garnheath distillery, which operated within the Moffat…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$206.28

Garnheath 42 Year Old (cask 11524) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (Master of Malt)

70cl, 50.7%
Garnheath

A Master of Malt exclusive Douglas Laing XOP single cask! What's more, it's a 42 year old from Garnheath distillery, which closed back in 1988! Matured in a single refill barrel, the outturn was…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old (cask 11524) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (Master of Malt)
$242.19

Carsebridge 43 Year Old 1973 (cask 12653) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.3%
Carsebridge

A rare bottling of Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, distilled in May 1973 and bottled in June 2016. Whiskies from closed distilleries (like Carsebridge) are highly sought-after by enthusiasts…  More info

Carsebridge 43 Year Old 1973 (cask 12653) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$257.74

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)
$2,410.91

Glenury Royal 1984 (Lot No. RO/12/05) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)

70cl, 46%
Glenury

You'd not be blamed for not knowing about Glenury Royal whisky, as the distillery was closed in 1985 and releases of their whisky are rather scarce. However, Gordon & MacPhail got their hands on a…  More info

Glenury Royal 1984 (Lot No. RO/12/05) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2012)

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.2%
Banff

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 1966 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Banff distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2015 as part of the Rare Old range, which features…  More info

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$929.73

Glen Albyn 1976 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Albyn

This Glen Albyn was distilled in 1976 and was bottled by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. Glen Albyn was closed in 1983 and demolished three years later, needless to say this is a rare bottling.  More info

Glen Albyn 1976 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Brora 1982 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Brora

Distilled at the sadly closed Brora distillery in the Highlands of Scotland in 1982, this Gordon & MacPhail bottling matured in a refill Sherry puncheon.  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Littlemill 1991 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/02) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

A rare bottling of Littlemill single malt! This was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old range. Littlemill is no more, with the production halting in 1992 and…  More info

Littlemill 1991 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/16/02) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Dallas Dhu 1980 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Dallas Dhu

How often do you see Dallas Dhu single malt, eh? "Not often" is likely your answer, as the distillery in the Speyside region has been closed since 1983 (though all of the distillation equipment is…  More info

Dallas Dhu 1980 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

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)

St Magdalene 1982 (bottled 2015) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
St. Magdalene

This is Lot No. RO/15/05, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2015. St Magdalene is a closed distillery, shutting its doors in 1983 so not long after this whisky was distilled.  More info

St Magdalene 1982 (bottled 2015) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

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)
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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)
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Rosebank 1990 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/11) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Rosebank

A 2015 bottling of single malt from the sadly closed distillery of Rosebank in the Lowlands. The lot yielded 602 bottles for Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Old range.  More info

Rosebank 1990 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/11) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

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)

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/12) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A bottling of Port Ellen single malt distilled in 1980 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old collection. The impressive whiskies from this closed Islay distillery are extremely sought…  More info

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/12) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

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