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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...

Caperdonich 18 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

Peated single malt from the closed Caperdonich Distillery, released as part of the Secret Speyside Collection. This particular expression was matured for 18 years in American oak barrels before being…  More info

Caperdonich 18 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection
3
$133.27

The XXX Blend - Batch 1

70cl, 42.5%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Blended Whisky Company has created yet another incredible whisky with a particularly punchy age statement. The XXX Blend is a 30 year old blended Scotch whisky, with its name coming from how 30…  More info

The XXX Blend - Batch 1
$231.74

Caperdonich 21 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

The door of the Caperdonich Distillery closed many moons ago, but bottlings of its whisky still make their way into the world from time to time - and that's a marvellous thing! This one is a 21 year…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection
$254.96

Caperdonich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.8%
Caperdonich

An exciting bottling of single malt from the closed Caperdonich distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! This is a 23 year old expression, boasting heavy caramel and dark fruit notes…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$278.09

Caperdonich 21 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

This right here is a rare example of single malt from the long-closed Caperdonich Distillery! It's a peated expression, matured for 21 years in American oak barrels before it was bottled up as part…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection
$278.14

Caledonian 32 Year Old 1987 (cask 23482) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52%
Caledonian

A rare bottling of whisky from the Caledonian Distillery - a wonderful sight! This single grain Scotch whisky was distilled in 1987 (the distillery would be closed a year later in 1988) and matured…  More info

Caledonian 32 Year Old 1987 (cask 23482) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$280.41

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)
$289.67
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Carsebridge 35 Year Old 1982 (casks 74604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.9%
Carsebridge

A wonderful 35 year old Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, distilled in December 1982. It was then aged in a single cask refill butt and bottled in July 2018 by Signatory for their Cask Strength…  More info

Carsebridge 35 Year Old 1982 (casks 74604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$341.88

Pittyvaich 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Pittyvaich

A 12 year old bottling of Pittyvaich single malt, released as part of the Flora and Fauna series. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in…  More info

Pittyvaich 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
$341.88

Pittyvaich 1993 (bottled 2007) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Pittyvaich

From the Pittyvaich Distillery comes a 1993 vintage single malt, which was eventually bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2007 as part of the long-running Connoisseurs Choice range. The very same year…  More info

Pittyvaich 1993 (bottled 2007) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$341.88

Caperdonich 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 54%
Caperdonich

A particularly sublime sherried single malt from the Caperdonich Distillery, independently bottled for the Darkness range! It's a 23 year old expression from the closed distillery, which has enjoyed…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
$356.90

Caperdonich 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 52.6%
Caperdonich

Well-sherried single malt from the sadly closed Caperdonich Distillery, independently bottled for the Darkness range. If you love intensely-sherried drams, then you've come to the right place. This…  More info

Caperdonich 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)
$389.35

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
5
$405.58
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The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 10

70cl, 51%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Lost Distilleries Blend has reached double digits! Yes, The Blended Whisky Company's exceptional blended Scotch whisky created exclusively with malt and grain whiskies from distilleries that have…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 10
7
$405.58
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Lochside 1991 (bottled 2007) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Lochside

A single malt Scotch whisky from the Lochside Distillery, which was distilled back in 1991. Sadly, a year after, the distillery was closed in 1992. The whisky, however, matured until 2007, when it…  More info

Lochside 1991 (bottled 2007) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$457.78

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 19130) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 60.5%
Caperdonich

From the Lady of the Glen range comes a rare sight - Caperdonich single malt! The Caperdonich Distillery closed in the early 2000s, so it's not often you get to see its marvellous whisky! This one…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 19130) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$463.51

Caperdonich 25 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

From the sadly shut Caperdonich Distillery comes this impressive single malt, bottled as part of the Secret Speyside Collection. Though we don't know exactly when this was distilled (before the…  More info

Caperdonich 25 Year Old - Secret Speyside Collection
$492.55

Caperdonich 25 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection

70cl, 45.5%
Caperdonich

From the Secret Speyside Collection comes a 25 year old peated single malt produced at the now-closed Caperdonich Distillery! This series of whiskies was created to shine a light on some elusive…  More info

Caperdonich 25 Year Old Peated - Secret Speyside Collection
$562.09

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2006) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Coleburn

A rare sight here from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice series – it's some single malt from the Coleburn Distillery! Coleburn was one of the selection of distilleries that were sadly closed in…  More info

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2006) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$573.67

Glen Albyn 1974 (bottled 2003) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Albyn

A rare bottling of Glen Albyn's single malt Scotch whisky! Glen Albyn was one of the swath of distilleries which closed during the 1980s, a turbulent time for the whisky industry. However,…  More info

Glen Albyn 1974 (bottled 2003) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$579.42

Banff 1976 (bottled 2002) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Banff

This is a rather rare bottling of single malt from the Banff Distillery, which has long been closed. It was distilled in 1976, and allowed to mature until 2002, when Gordon & MacPhail bottled it up…  More info

Banff 1976 (bottled 2002) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$579.42

Convalmore 1984 (bottled 2010) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Convalmore

Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range has featured some incredible expressions over the years, like this single malt from the closed Convalmore Distillery. It was distilled in 1984 (the…  More info

Convalmore 1984 (bottled 2010) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$689.56

Glenury Royal 1972 (bottled 2002) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glenury

From Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Old range comes a whisky that is both rare and old. Fits the themes perfectly. It's a 1972 vintage single malt from the Glenury Distillery, which was one of the many…  More info

Glenury Royal 1972 (bottled 2002) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$927.10

Brora 1982 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Brora

A vintage Gordon & MacPhail of Brora single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery was mothballed. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice in 1999.…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,153.14

Rosebank 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.2%
Rosebank

This is the second batch of very exciting Rosebank single malt Scotch whisky to bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, matured for 28 years before being bottled. Rosebank closed in the early…  More info

Rosebank 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$1,343.14
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