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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...

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979 - 17th Release (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 51%
Port Ellen

Well, well, well. It wouldn't be Diageo Special Releases without a Port Ellen expression, and this one really is rather lovely. Diageo's done the sums, and this is the oldest Port Ellen ever released…  More info

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979 - 17th Release (Special Release 2017)
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$3,264.55
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Rosebank 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%
Rosebank

A superb triple-distilled single malt from the now silent Rosebank distillery, bottled as part of the Flora and Fauna series. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Rosebank 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
2
$499.69

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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$1,660.07

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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$1,660.07
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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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$388.60
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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)
2
$2,665

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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$388.60
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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)
2
$4,302.87

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)
$544.05

The Half-Century Blend - Batch 4

70cl, 45.6%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Half-Century Blend harks back to the olden days, when whisky production methods were not particularly efficient but they resulted in brilliant whisky. To make this expression, The Blended Whisky…  More info

The Half-Century Blend - Batch 4
$666.20
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Pittyvaich 29 Year Old (Special Release 2019)

70cl, 51.4%
Pittyvaich

A lesser-spotted Pittyvaich single malt here, bottled up for Diageo's Special Releases 2019! This expression from the long-closed distillery was aged for 29 years, enjoying a double maturation in…  More info

Pittyvaich 29 Year Old (Special Release 2019)
$367.36

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)
$5,274.47

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)
$343.53

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)
$266.45
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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
$6,649.18

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 128022) - Distillery Reserve Collection (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 49%
Caperdonich

A lesser-spotted cask strength Caperdonich, produced at the now-silent distillery on 11 September 1997, just five years before it was closed, and thirteen years before it was demolished. The single…  More info

Caperdonich 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 128022) - Distillery Reserve Collection (Chivas Brothers)
$327.57

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)
$277.04

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)
$365.70

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)
$351.95

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)
$1,940.48

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)
$277.55
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Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 5884) - Distillery Reserve Collection (Chivas Brothers)

50cl, 55.1%
Caperdonich

A delicious peaty Speysider, distilled at the now-closed Caperdonich on 20 January 1997. It was left in a second fill barrel until 17 June 2019, when Chivas Brothers emptied the cask. At 22 years…  More info

Caperdonich 22 Year Old 1997 (cask 5884) - Distillery Reserve Collection (Chivas Brothers)
$327.57
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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)
$1,054.85
$832.76
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North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 50.4%
North Port

A very rare release of single malt Scotch whisky from North Port-Brechin (the distillery had various named during its lifetime, two most notably North Port and Brechin), which closed in 1983 and was…  More info

North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$1,832.19

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)
$1,286.92
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