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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...

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)

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, 57.3%
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)

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

70cl, 46.1%
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, 44.7%
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)

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

70cl, 55.4%
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)

Coleburn 25 Year Old 1980 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Coleburn

The Speyside distillery of Coleburn closed in 1985 and it is becoming more and more difficult to locate a bottle, thankfully this twenty-five year old Coleburn has been bottled by Douglas Laing for…  More info

Coleburn 25 Year Old 1980 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 11972) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 57.9%
Imperial

Bottled in March 2013 by Mackillop's; this 22 year old Imperial is ready to colonise your collection. Matured in bourbon cask 11972.  More info

Imperial 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 11972) - Mackillop's Choice

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 9970) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.2%
Littlemill

This single cask bottling of Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in February 1992, the same year that Littlemill ceased production of their Lowlands expressions. A rare and exciting…  More info

Littlemill 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 9970) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

Lochside 1981 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Lochside

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling from the now silent Lochside distillery, distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2005.  More info

Lochside 1981 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 Cask 2202 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 63.1%
St. Magdalene

Distilled on the 5th October 1982 at St Magdalene in the Lowlands, this was aged for 28 years in wine treated butt number 2202, before bottling by Signatory on the 15th June 2011. A release of 351…  More info

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1982 Cask 2202 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlochy 29 Year Old 1980 Cask 2649 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.8%
Glenlochy

Glenlochy distilled on the 21st August 1980 and aged for 29 years in hogshead number 2649 before bottling on the 22nd June 2010. A release of 265 numbered bottles from Signatory's Cask Strength…  More info

Glenlochy 29 Year Old 1980 Cask 2649 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Dallas Dhu 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Dallas Dhu

Matured in refill bourbon casks, this 1975 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range is a superb 32 year old expression from the Dallas Dhu distillery.  More info

Dallas Dhu 1975 (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Glenugie 31 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.1%
Glenugie

A 31 year old Glenugie, distilled on the 20th December 1977 and bottled by Signatory on the 14th September 2009. Part of a release of 577 bottles.  More info

Glenugie 31 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenugie 33 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.2%
Glenugie

This was distilled at the Glenugie distillery on the 20th December 1977, and aged in a hogshead and a sherry butt. It was then bottled on the 14th January 2011 by Signatory. A release of 573 bottles.  More info

Glenugie 33 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Rare Ayrshire 36 Year Old 1975 (cask 563) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 45.3%
Ladyburn

This single cask whisky was distilled at Rare Ayrshire on the 21st February 1975, and it was aged for 36 years in a single bourbon barrel before bottling by Signatory at cask strength on the 20th…  More info

Rare Ayrshire 36 Year Old 1975 (cask 563) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenugie 32 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.6%
Glenugie

Single cask Glenugie. This was distilled on the 15th October 1977 and aged for 32 years. It was given a 90 month finish in top quality Oloroso sherry butts and bottled by Signatory on the 19th March…  More info

Glenugie 32 Year Old 1977 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Linlithgow 26 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 61.2%
St. Magdalene

Linlithgow is distilled at the St Magdalene distillery in the Lowlands. This was distilled on the 5th October 1982 and matured for 26 years in wine treated butt number 2200 before bottling on the 3rd…  More info

Linlithgow 26 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Port Ellen

A complex, rich single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Port Ellen has become a legendary distillery, known for its stunning peaty flavours.  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Dallas Dhu 30 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.7%
Dallas Dhu

Distilled at Dallas Dhu on the 5th June 1979 and aged in refill butt number 1385 for a whopping 31 years before bottling at cask strength by Signatory. A release of 505 bottles.  More info

Dallas Dhu 30 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 6733 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 47.7%
Caperdonich

A 37 Year Old release from the (now Mothballed) Caperdonich distillery, owned by Chivas Brothers. The outturn of this cask was only 150 bottles. Supremely collectable.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 6733 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1972 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.8%
Caperdonich

Distilled in October 1978 and aged in cask 6738 before bottling for Duncan Taylor's Rare Auld range in October 2010 at cask strength. A release of 152 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 38 Year Old 1972 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Millburn 1972 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Millburn

A 1972 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail, matured in refill sherry butts. The Millburn distillery is now closed, so any whisky is decidedly rare.  More info

Millburn 1972 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7437 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.5%
Caperdonich

Distilled in November 1972 and aged for 37 years in cask number 7437. This was bottled in July 2010 at Cask Strength for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Rare Auld range. A release of 161 bottles.  More info

Caperdonich 37 Year Old 1972 Cask 7437 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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