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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...

Glen Mhor 28 Year Old 1976 - Rare Malts

70cl, 51.90%
Glen Mhor

A very rare edition of 28 year old single malt from the silent Glen Mhor distillery, bottled under Diageo's Rare Malts label.  More info

Glen Mhor 28 Year Old 1976 - Rare Malts

Brechin 28 Year Old

70cl, 53%
North Port

Part of a release of just 2,040 bottles of Brechin (aka North Port). This was aged for 28 years before bottling at cask strength.  More info

Brechin 28 Year Old

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3254 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.30%
Caperdonich

Distilled in October 1969 at the Caperdonich distillery, aged for 41 years in single cask 3254 and bottled for the Rarest of the Rare series in March 2011. A release of 176 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3254 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

SMWS No. 25.32 11 Year Old 1992

70cl, 54.30%
Rosebank

A stupendous single cask whisky from SMWS from a secret distillery (let's just say its R -Bank. No, that's too obvious, let's call it Rose-B). This is a berry-fruit-rich whisky from the now closed…  More info

SMWS No. 25.32 11 Year Old 1992
$218.90

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46220) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.50%
Caperdonich

A deluxe bottling of single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Caperdonich, which was sadly mothballed in 2002. Bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Single range, this 21 year old whisky comes in a…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46220) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$223.51

Brora 25 Year Old

70cl, 56.30%
Brora

A rare 25 year old release from the Brora distillery; less than 3,000 bottles were filled. This single malt was matured in American and European oak and exudes nutty, winter spice notes.  More info

Brora 25 Year Old
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Glen Mhor 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 1604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51%
Glen Mhor

This was distilled at Glen Mhor on the 22nd September 1982, and it was aged for 29 years in hogshead 1604 before bottling by Signatory at natural cask strength.  More info

Glen Mhor 29 Year Old 1982 (cask 1604) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$229.77

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46222) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.90%
Caperdonich

A very handsome Duncan Taylor Single bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery. This was distilled in April 1992 and bottled in January 2014 at 54.9% ABV. 105…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 46222) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$230.80

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 48.60%
Port Ellen

27 year old Port Ellen distilled in 1982. This is rare whisky, aged in Bourbon casks and finished in ChÔteau D'Yquem sauternes barrels. This was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009, and…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
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Littlemill 26 Years Old 1988 (cask 10599) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56%
Littlemill

Single malt Scotch whisky from the closed (and dismantled) Littlemill distillery, matured in a single cask for 26 years and bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range. It was…  More info

Littlemill 26 Years Old 1988 (cask 10599) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$233.73

Glen Mhor 1980 (bottled 2007) - (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glen Mhor

This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the now sadly demolished Glen Mhor distillery. Standing proud in Inverness from the 1890s until the 1980s, Glen Mhor was a…  More info

Glen Mhor 1980 (bottled 2007) - (Gordon & MacPhail)
$235.32

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3245 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.80%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distillery in October of 1969, and it was aged in cask 3245 for 41 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their Rarest of the Rare collection in May of 2011.…  More info

Caperdonich 41 Year Old 1969 Cask 3245 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

Convalmore 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Convalmore

This was distilled at Convalmore in 1981, and aged for 17 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 1998 for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Convalmore 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Caperdonich 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%
Caperdonich

Aged for a whopping 40 years, this Caperdonich is an incredible whisky from Duncan Taylor's Peerless range. Each whisky in the range is aged for at least 40 years in the vaults of the distilleries…  More info

Caperdonich 40 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

Glen Albyn 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Albyn

A rare single malt, distilled in 1975 at the now silent Glen Albyn distillery, a rare smooth, fresh whisky.  More info

Glen Albyn 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$246.33

Caperdonich 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 411035) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 48%
Caperdonich

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Caperdonich distillery, aged in a single Sherry cask for 23 years. It was distilled in April 1992 (10 years before the distillery was…  More info

Caperdonich 23 Year Old 1992 (cask 411035) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$248.11

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 57.90%
Imperial

A 23 year old single malt from the dearly departed distillery, Imperial. Distilled in October 1990, the whisky matured in a single sherry butt for 23 years before Hunter Laing came along and bottled…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$251.87

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11029) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.90%
Garnheath

Well here's something you don't see very often, a bottling of Garnheath grain whisky! Operating between 1965 and 1986 Garnheath distillery was located within the Moffat complex (where Glen Flagler…  More info

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11029) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$252.70

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A 26 year old from perhaps Islay's most legendary distillery, Port Ellen. This was distilled in Spring 1983 (just a few months before the distillery was shut down permenantly), and it was aged in…  More info

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 313235) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 50.80%
Garnheath

An independent bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the seldom-heard-from Garnheath distillery, which operated within the Moffat complex in the Lowlands from 1965 to 1986. This whisky was…  More info

Garnheath 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 313235) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$253.99

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 271) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 55.20%
Rosebank

A 22 year old single cask from Mackillop's distilled at the celebrated Rosebank distillery. Rosebank is of course a closed distillery in the lowlands whose whisky was triple distilled. Founded in…  More info

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 271) - Mackillop's Choice
$256.55

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11093) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.20%
Garnheath

A very rare bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the Garnheath distillery, which was sadly shut back in 1988. This was distilled in February 1974, matured in a single barrel for 42 years and…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 (cask 11093) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$256.76

Carsebridge 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 11848) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.90%
Carsebridge

Ooh, single grain Scotch whisky from the long-closed Carsebridge distillery! Not only that, this is 42 year old single grain Carsebridge! Incredibly rare, exciting stuff right here... It was…  More info

Carsebridge 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 11848) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$257.34

Caledonian 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11836) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.20%
Caledonian

Very, very rare single grain Scotch whisky here from the Caledonian distillery, presented as part of The Sovereign range by Hunter Laing. The Caledonian distillery stood in Edinburgh since 1855,…  More info

Caledonian 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 11836) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$258.36

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1970 - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 43.50%
Caperdonich

Just look at how handsome this whisky looks! Look closer and gaze with awe and wonderment at the solid wood, polished presentation case. This was distilled at Caperdonich in the 1st May 1970 and…  More info

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1970 - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
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