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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 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 18504) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.2%
Caledonian

A pretty special single grain whisky from the Caledonian distillery, which closed back in 1988 - just one year after this whisky was distilled! The Lowlander spent over three decades in a single…  More info

Caledonian 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 18504) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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$212.04

St. Magdalene 19 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 63.8%
St. Magdalene

You don't see official bottlings of St. Magdalene single malt Scotch whisky much these days, as the distillery was closed down all the way back in 1983. This rare whisky was distilled in 1979 and…  More info

St. Magdalene 19 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts
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$1,554.31

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 - 200th Anniversary Release

70cl, 49.2%
Brora

This 40 Year Old hails from the silent Brora Distillery (though plans are under way to revive it!), released to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening. The distillery certainly went all out…  More info

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 - 200th Anniversary Release
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$4,678.54

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.9%
Port Ellen

This is a classic Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the infamous, though sadly closed, Port Ellen distillery on Islay. Matured for 20 years after being distilled in 1978, it was…  More info

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts
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$1,554.31
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Millburn 25 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.9%
Millburn

Distilled at Millburn in 1975 and aged for 25 years before bottling in 2001 for Diageo's Rare Malts range. These bottles were part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos…  More info

Millburn 25 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
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$618.60

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
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$363.84
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Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)

70cl, 48.6%
Ladyburn

It's incredibly rare to see a bottling of Ladyburn single malt Scotch whisky, seeing as the distillery was closed in 1975 after only being founded on the Girvan grain distillery site nine years…  More info

Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)
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$2,495.22

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
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$363.84
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Imperial 24 Year Old 1995 - Single & Single

70cl, 49.2%
Imperial

A lesser-spotted Imperial single malt! This wonderful Speysider was distilled at Imperial back in 1995, just a few years before the distillery was mothballed in 1998. It was whacked into a single…  More info

Imperial 24 Year Old 1995 - Single & Single
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$192.29

Garnheath 45 Year Old 1974 (cask 13462) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.3%
Garnheath

A gorgeous Garnheath single grain Scotch whisky, independently bottled by Douglas Laing as part of the Xtra Old Particular range. This was distilled back in February 1974 and aged in a single refill…  More info

Garnheath 45 Year Old 1974 (cask 13462) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$340.77

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.6%
Port Ellen

Douglas Laing has done something astonishing. They've managed to release the oldest independent bottling of Port Ellen single malt to date! This extraordinary (or should it be "Xtraordinary", since…  More info

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)
$3,638.87

Port Ellen 40 Year Old - Untold Stories Series

70cl, 50.9%
Port Ellen

Another incredible expression from the Port Ellen Untold Stories Series, this time feature 40 year old (!) single malt from the legendary closed distillery on the south coast of Islay. This…  More info

Port Ellen 40 Year Old - Untold Stories Series
$6,757.89

Rosebank 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.5%
Rosebank

Deal of the Day! Find more festive deals like this in our Flash Sales now! Rare 26 year old Rosebank single malt scotch whisky, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! Rosebank…  More info

Rosebank 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$1,457.57
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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)
$259.39

Carsebridge 41 Year Old 1976 (cask 12768) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.8%
Carsebridge

41 year old single grain from the Carsebridge distillery, which has sadly sat silent for many years. This one was distilled in October 1976 and left to age in a refill hogshead until August 2018,…  More info

Carsebridge 41 Year Old  1976 (cask 12768) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$321.65

Imperial 30 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.1%
Imperial

An exceptionally well-aged release from the now-closed Imperial Distillery! The distillery was sporadically mothballed throughout its history, and was finally closed in 1998, nine years after this…  More info

Imperial 30 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)
$414.78

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)
$1,204.93
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Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 54.6%
Rosebank

An absolute belter of a Rosebank here from Murray McDavid, distilled in 1990, three years before the distillery was closed. The single malt rested in bourbon casks for over two decades, before it was…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
$675.12

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 47.2%
Littlemill

We've gone and bottled up a 27 year old single malt from the Littlemill Distillery! Though now sadly closed, Littlemill produced some fantastic whiskies during is time (the distillery dates back to…  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$509.39

Caledonian 42 Year Old 1976 (cask 12769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.3%
Caledonian

42 year old single grain from the Caledonian distillery, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range - which is reserved for rare, Very well-matured whiskies. This one…  More info

Caledonian 42 Year Old 1976 (cask 12769) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$342.41

Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 47.1%
Glen Mhor

A very exciting independent bottling of 50 year old Glen Mhor single malt Scotch whisky - a rare whisky from a distillery which closed back in the early 1980s. This particularly bottling was…  More info

Glen Mhor 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 3934) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$4,938.45

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)
$259.86
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Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (cask 13101) - Xtra Old Patricular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.3%
Port Ellen

An astonishing bottling from Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range - this is a well-sherried 35 year old single malt produced at Islay's long-closed Port Ellen distillery! It was aged in a single…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (cask 13101) - Xtra Old Patricular (Douglas Laing)
$1,816.86

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)
$249.47
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Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition

70cl, 46.8%
Littlemill

Though the Littlemill distillery is no longer a thing, the whiskies produced at this Lowland distillery continue to sneak out to whisky enthusiasts - and this is a big one. This is a 40 year old old…  More info

Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition
$6,225.57

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