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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...

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

50cl, 50.3%
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)
1
$156.18

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

70cl, 51.5%
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)
1
$219.92

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 51.8%
Imperial

Indie Imperial! This is a Mackillop's Choice bottling of Imperial single malt Scotch whisky matured in a single cask from December 1990 and bottled in September 2014 with an outturn of 230 bottles.…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice
$230.30

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)
$231.66

Carsebridge 52 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 40.5%
Carsebridge

A 52 year old single grain Scotch whisky from a distillery that closed back in 1983! Good it is, too. The label, meanwhile, features Tristan Stephenson and Thomas Aske (the chaps behind the Worship…  More info

Carsebridge 52 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$238.42

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)
1
$247.32

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 49.9%
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)
$256.97

Caledonian 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 900002) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.9%
Caledonian

Single grain whisky from a closed distillery, matured for almost four decades in a single hogshead. This was distilled in April 1976 and set aside for 39 years until August 2015, when it was bottled…  More info

Caledonian 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 900002) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$276.85

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)
$278.09

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 8

70cl, 53.1%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Lost Distilleries Blend from The Blended Whisky Company is an outstanding expression made exclusively with Scotch whiskies from distilleries that have sadly closed over the years. The whiskies…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 8
16
$359.70

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 9

70cl, 52.1%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Blended Whisky Company's Lost Distilleries Blend is an astonishing expression crafted using whiskies exclusively from distilleries which have shut over the years. Though gone, these distilleries…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 9
$359.70

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)
$461.63

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
$511.89

The Half-Century Blend

70cl, 45.5%
The Blended Whisky Company

Launched in the latter half of 2016, The Half-Century Blend is The Blended Whisky Company's bottle-shaped love letter to the days of whisky production where "less efficient barley-strains, sprawling…  More info

The Half-Century Blend
5
$616.69

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)
$770.92

Rare Ayrshire 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3421) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 47.1%
Ladyburn

Ooh, an indie Rare Ayrshire! These are indeed very rare, as the distillery from which the whisky came from has long been closed. This is a 40 year old rare Ayrshire single malt, put into its bourbon…  More info

Rare Ayrshire 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3421) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$875.05

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)
$898.58

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1978 (cask 5781) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.2%
Inverleven

34 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Inverleven distillery, which has been closed since 1991. Luckily, we've got independent bottlers like Duncan Taylor who are more than happy to present…  More info

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1978 (cask 5781) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$937.44

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)
$973.96

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3231) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 48%
Glenlochy

Rare single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Glenlochy distillery, aged in a single hogshead cask for 35 years. It was distilled in November 1980, three years before the distillery was shut, and…  More info

Glenlochy 35 Year Old 1980 (cask 3231) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$973.96

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)
$1,046.35

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)
$1,100.34

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11120) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.6%
Port Ellen

A single cask bottling of rare Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by Douglas Laing. This was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery shut its doors for the final…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11120) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1,374.26

Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 (cask 301446) - Rare And Very Old - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

75cl, 51.3%
Kinclaith

A smartly packaged and incredibly rare single cask whisky from Signatory. The Kinclaith distillery was closed in 1975, and its whisky is highly sought-after. This was aged for 35 years in hogshead…  More info

Kinclaith 35 Year Old 1969 (cask 301446) - Rare And Very Old - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$1,429.59

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)
$1,461.50

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