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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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$220.57

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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$4,866.75

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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$643.49

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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$378.48
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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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$2,595.60

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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$378.48
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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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$200.03

Kinclaith 40 Year Old 1969 (cask 301445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 47.3%
Kinclaith

Single malt whisky from Kinclaith is extremely rare and highly sought after. Built to provide malt whisky for the Long John blend, the distillery was only in operation for 18 years, between 1957 an…  More info

Kinclaith 40 Year Old 1969 (cask 301445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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$5,948.25
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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)
$1,253.40
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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
$124.37

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

50cl, 48.5%
Rosebank

Rare 26 year old Rosebank single malt scotch whisky, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! Rosebank closed back in 1993, but is one of a handful of distilleries that are due to…  More info

Rosebank 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$1,516.21
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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
$237.93

Pittyvaich 30 Year Old (Special Release 2020)

70cl, 50.8%
Pittyvaich

Estimated despatch 24 September Single malt from the Pittyvaich is always a rare and exciting sight, and this one here released as part of Diageo's 2020 Special Releases is certainly exciting…  More info

Pittyvaich 30 Year Old (Special Release 2020)
$432.60

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)
$259.51
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Hillside 25 Year Old 1971 - Rare Malts

70cl, 62%
Glenesk

25 year old single malt from the long-closed Hillside distillery, distilled in 1971 and bottled in 1997 for the Diageo Rare Malts range. Not familiar with Hillside? Well, at the time it closed, the…  More info

Hillside 25 Year Old 1971 - Rare Malts
$859.79

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
$459.64

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
$275.78

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)
$356.18

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
$524.53

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
$6,975.68

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)
$529.88

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)
$270.32
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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)
$5,137.12

Linlithgow 25 Year Old 1982 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 51.4%
St. Magdalene

A cask strength release from Murray McDavid's Mission range. This was distilled at the St Magdalene distillery (sometimes known as Linlithgow) in 1982, it was then aged in bourbon casks before a…  More info

Linlithgow 25 Year Old 1982 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$1,027.43
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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)
$3,785.25

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