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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 - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.10%
Caperdonich

The fourth batch of Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by 'That Boutique-y Whisky Company', once again features the cheeky bunch who allegedly were pinching whisky under cover of darkness…  More info

Caperdonich - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Caperdonich 28 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caperdonich

This was distilled at the Caperdonich distilled in June 1982 and aged in a refill hogshead for 28 years before bottling in September 2010. A release of 310 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Caperdonich 28 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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$130.49

Glen Mhor 27 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55%
Glen Mhor

A single cask from the now closed Glen Mhor distillery. This was distilled on the 1st September 1982, matured for 27 years in hogshead number 1327 before bottling on the 6th April 2010 at cask…  More info

Glen Mhor 27 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10282) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Caperdonich

A single cask bottling of 21 year old single malt from the Caperdonich distillery, which sadly shut its door in 2002. It has been released as part of the Douglas Laing Old Particular series.…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10282) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$131.27

Coleburn 29 Year Old 1979 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 44.30%
Coleburn

This is a 29 year old Mackillop's Coleburn bottled in 2008. Sadly Coleburn is now a closed distillery, but this bottling provides the opportunity to try some!  More info

Coleburn 29 Year Old 1979 - Mackillop's Choice

Rosebank 10 Year Old 1990 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Rosebank

A rare single cask Rosebank, bottled in 2000 by Signatory. This is a fine, oak matured Lowland whisky, a favourite of Jim Murray, which is getting hard to find given the sad and silent state of the…  More info

Rosebank 10 Year Old 1990 (Signatory)
$133.18

Glen Mhor 27 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Mhor

A 27 year old from the Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled at the Glen Mhor distillery (which is now long gone) in August 1982 and it was aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in August 2009.  More info

Glen Mhor 27 Year Old 1982 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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)

St Magdalene 1975 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
St. Magdalene

Distilled at the now silent St Magdalene distillery in 1975 and aged for thirty years in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in 2005 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

St Magdalene 1975 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
$135.53

Glen Esk 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenesk

Distilled at Glen Esk in 1984 and aged for 20 years before bottling in 2004 for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range.  More info

Glen Esk 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$139.74

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46.80%
Caperdonich

A rare 1972 vintage from one of Scotland's lost distilleries. This was matured in a standard cask before a three month finish in a special sherry Octave. This gave the whisky some added richness.…  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Glenlochy 1968 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Glenlochy

A 1968 vintage and a very rare bottling from the Gordon and MacPhail Rare Old whisky range. The Glenlochy distillery closed several times and was finally demolished in 1986.  More info

Glenlochy 1968 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

Littlemill 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Littlemill

Littlemill has since been closed and demolished and will inevitably become rare in time. This is a great chance to try this classic Littlemill bottling.  More info

Littlemill 8 Year Old
$144.57

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7416 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.60%
Caperdonich

Distilled at Caperdonich in November 1972, and aged for 37 years in cask number 7416 before bottling in April 2010 by Duncan Taylor. This is part of a release of 114 numbered bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7416 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7420 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.40%
Caperdonich

A single cask Caperdonich distilled in November 1972 and aged for 37 years in cask number 7420 before bottling by Duncan Taylor for the Rare Auld range at cask strength in January 2010. A release of…  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7420 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9527) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.30%
Imperial

17 year old whisky from the now-closed Imperial distillery. Part of the prestigious Directors' Cut range. Distilled in October 1995 and bottled in February 2013, the outturn was just 99 bottles!  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9527) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$148.94

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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$148.97

Banff 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Banff

A 32 year old bottling from the Gordon and MacPhail Connoisseur's Choice range. This single malt from the Banff distillery was matured in refill sherry casks before bottling in 2008.  More info

Banff 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$149.14

Littlemill 21 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Littlemill

A new release from Littlemill and a superbly packaged one at that, this is a 21 year old single malt which was aged in bourbon casks. It comes at 46%abv too, so we're expecting plenty of character…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 (cask 2206) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 57.30%
St. Magdalene

This was distilled at the St Magdalene distillery on the 5th October 1982, and it was aged for 28 years in cask 2206 before bottling for Mackillop's Choice in April of 2011. Each bottle is…  More info

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 (cask 2206) - Mackillop's Choice

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1994 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caperdonich

This is an eighteen year old bottling from the mothballed distillery of Caperdonich. This whisky has been bottled at 50%abv without chill-filtration as a part of Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask…  More info

Caperdonich 18 Year Old 1994 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$152.27

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1965 -The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.10%
Caledonian

A natural cask strength Caledonian grain whisky, this was matured in cask 6294 (a bourbon barrel) for 45 years before bottling under the Clan Denny label.  More info

Caledonian 45 Year Old 1965 -The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Carsebridge 45 Year Old 1965 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.70%
Carsebridge

Carsebridge was mothballed in 1983 then stripped of its parts in the 1990s, so what does this mean for this whisky? Well, it means we have a whisky that will never be produced again and will slowly…  More info

 Carsebridge 45 Year Old 1965 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$153.92

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1976 Cask 4111 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.40%
Inverleven

A 34 year old Inverleven, distilled in the Lowlands in November 1976, this was aged in a single bourbon barrel before bottling in January 2011.  More info

Inverleven 34 Year Old 1976 Cask 4111 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$154.86

Littlemill 21 Year Old 2nd Release

70cl, 47%
Littlemill

The second release of 21 year old single malt from Littlemill, a Lowland distillery with a long history. It was founded all the way back in 1772, but it was sadly closed in the early 1990s and…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 2nd Release
$156.01

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