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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...

The Half-Century Blend

70cl, 45.5%
The Blended Whisky Company

Launched in the latter half of 2016, The Half-Century Blend is The Blended Whisky Company's bottle-shaped love letter to the days of whisky production where "less efficient barley-strains, sprawling…  More info

The Half-Century Blend
5
$624.77

Caledonian 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.3%
Caledonian

Founded in 1855 and originally called Edinburgh distillery, Caledonian (or 'The Cally' as it was known by those who worked there) was located by Haymarket station in Edinburgh. Once home the largest…  More info

Caledonian 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$158.23

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%
Port Ellen

Saying that Port Ellen whisky is sought-after is like saying jam is pretty good on toast - a massive understatement! The distillery on Islay closed in 1983, to the disappointment of many who loved…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
2
$2,139.98

Caledonian 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 51.5%
Caledonian

A yummy 33 year old single cask bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the now closed Caledonian distillery! Distilled in October 1982 and bottled in January 2016, it aged in cask number 1254, a…  More info

Caledonian 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$222.80

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11213) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.1%
Caledonian

An independent single grain Scotch whisky from the sadly shut Caledonian distillery! This was aged in a single refill hogshead cask for 40 years, from April 1976 to June 2016, before being bottled by…  More info

Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11213) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$361.25

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 8

70cl, 53.1%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Lost Distilleries Blend from The Blended Whisky Company is an outstanding expression made exclusively with Scotch whiskies from distilleries that have sadly closed over the years. The whiskies…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 8
16
$364.42

Carsebridge 52 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 40.5%
Carsebridge

A 52 year old single grain Scotch whisky from a distillery that closed back in 1983! Good it is, too. The label, meanwhile, features Tristan Stephenson and Thomas Aske (the chaps behind the Worship…  More info

Carsebridge 52 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$241.54

Caledonian 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 900002) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.9%
Caledonian

Single grain whisky from a closed distillery, matured for almost four decades in a single hogshead. This was distilled in April 1976 and set aside for 39 years until August 2015, when it was bottled…  More info

Caledonian 39 Year Old 1976 (cask 900002) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
1
$333.18

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 9 years prior.…  More info

Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)
1
$2,702.35

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1978 - 16th Release (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 55.2%
Port Ellen

Like most of this year's Special Releases, this is a natural cask strength single malt whisky matured in refill American oak hogshead and refill European oak butts. Unlike most of this year's Special…  More info

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1978 - 16th Release (Special Release 2016)
1
$2,603.41

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
$2,026.60

Garnheath 42 Year Old (cask 11524) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (Master of Malt)

70cl, 50.7%
Garnheath

A Master of Malt exclusive Douglas Laing XOP single cask! What's more, it's a 42 year old from Garnheath distillery, which closed back in 1988! Matured in a single refill barrel, the outturn was…  More info

Garnheath 42 Year Old (cask 11524) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (Master of Malt)
$234.69

Caperdonich 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 121141) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 58.9%
Caperdonich

An indie bottling of rare Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky! Caperdonich closed back in 2002, and their whisky has become rather sought after indeed. This one was distilled in October 1992 and…  More info

Caperdonich 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 121141) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$219.09

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 58.3%
Port Ellen

Sherry matured single cask Port Ellen! Hunter Laing have bottled this extremely exciting 33 year old malt from this famous closed Islay distillery. Bottled from the Sherry butt in October 2015, just…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$1,967.02

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 49.9%
Pittyvaich

One of a group of distilleries to feature in the 2015 Special Releases that's rarely seen, in this case because it was only open from 1974 to 1993. Matured in refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Pittyvaich 25 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2015)
$260.34

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11120) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.6%
Port Ellen

A single cask bottling of rare Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by Douglas Laing. This was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery shut its doors for the final…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11120) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1,392.27

Carsebridge 43 Year Old 1973 (cask 12653) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.3%
Carsebridge

A rare bottling of Carsebridge single grain Scotch whisky, distilled in May 1973 and bottled in June 2016. Whiskies from closed distilleries (like Carsebridge) are highly sought-after by enthusiasts…  More info

Carsebridge 43 Year Old 1973 (cask 12653) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$249.77

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 9

70cl, 52.1%
The Blended Whisky Company

The Blended Whisky Company's Lost Distilleries Blend is an astonishing expression crafted using whiskies exclusively from distilleries which have shut over the years. Though gone, these distilleries…  More info

The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 9
$364.42

Carsebridge 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 11847) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 41.5%
Carsebridge

Distilled in October 1965, this grain was bottled by Hunter Laing in October 2015. The outturn of the single refill hogshead in which this whisky spent half a century maturing was just 267 bottles at…  More info

Carsebridge 50 Year Old 1965 (cask 11847) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$510.27

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 53.3%
Caledonian

A single grain whisky in the Special Releases! The first since 2011's Port Dundas and only the second ever as far as we can remember. Caledonian grain distillery in Edinburgh closed in 1988 and is…  More info

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)
$781.03

Carsebridge 38 Year Old 1976 (cask 130950) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.8%
Carsebridge

Well aged grain whisky from the closed Carsebridge distillery, bottled by Signatory for La Maison du Whisky's Hogshead series. It spent over 38 years in a single cask between October 1976 and August…  More info

Carsebridge 38 Year Old 1976 (cask 130950) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$281.73

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.4%
Banff

Duncan Taylor only use rare, well aged whisky for their Tantalus range of releases, and this Banff single malt Scotch whisky fits the bill very well indeed. The Banff distillery closed in 1983, but…  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,060.07

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

150cl, 56%
Littlemill

A magnum of whisky from a closed distillery! Matured in a single refill hogshead, the outturn was just 23 of these huge 1.5 litre bottles at natural cask strength. Littlemill lies in the Lowland…  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)
$1,480.66

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 51.8%
Imperial

Indie Imperial! This is a Mackillop's Choice bottling of Imperial single malt Scotch whisky matured in a single cask from December 1990 and bottled in September 2014 with an outturn of 230 bottles.…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice
$233.32

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11529) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.7%
Carsebridge

Incredibly well-aged single grain from the Carsebridge distillery, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old Particular range. It was distilled in October 1976 and aged in a refill…  More info

Carsebridge 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 11529) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$235.14

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