The Lost Distilleries

Scotland’s Lost Distilleries are some of the most legendary distilleries in the world, and are very, very popular with connoisseurs and collectors. All of the whiskies on this page were sourced from distilleries which have sadly shut down for good – many of them doing so decades ago. There are a surprisingly high number of closed distilleries, and this is due to the various economic difficulties in the 20th century. The First and Second World Wars, and US Prohibition all had a negative impact on the industry and, after World War II, a surge in demand meant that many distilleries were built in quick succession. After demand dropped, a great number of Scotch distilleries were forced to close, with the majority shutting down in the 1980s. Whiskies from the lost distilleries of Scotland are very, very hard to get hold of, and a real treat if you can!

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Duncan Taylor produce the Tantalus range with the intention of bottling extremely rare whiskies and presenting them in elegant, exuberant ways. This 41 year old single malt Scotch whisky was distilled...  More info
Kinclaith distillery was built at the site of Strathclyde grain distillery in 1957 before being dismantled in 1975. With the malt whisky produced having primarily been used in the Long John blend...  More info

Convalmore is a closed distilling, shutting down in 1985. This 36 year old released for Diageo's 2013 Special Releases is a very exciting bottling. Just 2,680 are...  More info
A bottling of rare Islay single malt Scotch whisky from the closed distillery Port Ellen, matured in a refill butt from September 1978 to October 2013. 231 bottles were produced by Hunter Laing for...  More info
Signatory have bottled this thirty-two year old Glenlochy for their Cask Strength Collection of whiskies. The Glenlochy distillery was closed in 1983, a year that saw eight distilleries close across...  More info
A very rare release of 30 year old Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky which has been bottled by Duncan Taylor. The Islay distillery was closed in 1983 and has been greatly missed since then...  More info
A sweet, lively Littlemill, matured in a refill hogshead for 25 years. It was distilled in November 1988 and bottled by Douglas Laing in June 2014 with an outturn of 225 bottles.  More info
Maturing in a sherry butt from October 1990 to November 2013 has imparted a number of fantastic qualities to this single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery. Part of the Old & Rare...  More info
A rare bottling of Imperial single malt, distilled in December 1990 and bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range in March 2014. 216 bottles of this whisky from a closed Speyside distillery were...  More info
A 21 year old Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky bottled for the Duncan Taylor Single selection, which takes rare, well matured whiskies and houses them in decadent presentation boxes. The...  More info
A 1979 vintage Highland malt from the now closed Glenlochy distillery in Fort William. Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2012 as part of their Rare Old range.  More info
This is a handsome set with two handsome decanters from Signatory, both of which were distilled the Littlemill distillery (now closed) in 1967. Very rare and both at natural cask strength, the peated...  More info
Glen Flagler - 1970s
(75cl, 40%)
The Glenflagler distillery began operations in 1965, producing Lowland malt whisky for around 20 years until it was closed down and dismantled in the late 1980s. Their whiskies have since then become...  More info
The Port Ellen distillery on Islay has been closed since the mid-1980s, and releases of whisky from their stocks have become legendary among collectors. This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Port...  More info
This is Batch 4 of Caperdonich single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. While the distillery may be closed, we are still able to enjoy their fantastic whisky through...  More info
Production at the now demolished Lochside distillery ceased in 1992 and it is now becoming increasing sought after. Unusually it was both a malt and grain distillery, with this blend using both from...  More info
This is a 47 year old Highland whisky from the now-demolished Lochside distillery. It was distilled in 1965 and bottled by Adelphi.  More info
This was distilled at the Caledonian grain whisky distilled in 1965 before a 45 year maturation in a single bourbon barrel (cask number 7501). It was bottled for Duncan Taylor's stupendous Clan Denny...  More info
This is a 45 year old single cask grain whisky from Douglas Laing, distilled in 1965 and bottled for the Clan Denny range.  More info
Lochside distillery was mothballed back in 1992 and dismantled in 1997. In 2005 the buildings were subsequently demolished. Increasingly, whisky from this closed highland distillery is becoming sought...  More info
This delicious Glenury Royal was bottled for the 2011 Diageo Special Releases. It was distilled in 1970 and aged for 40 years before bottling. Full of flavour.  More info
A very rare release of single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Banff, a distillery which closed in 1983. Their whisky is not seen very often, though collectors value it greatly. This release comes as...  More info
This delicious single cask Banff was distilled in August 1975 and aged for 37 years before bottling for the Rarest of the Rare range from Duncan Taylor in 2012. This is a natural cask strength whisky.  More info
Distilled at Ladyburn, a now closed distillery in Ayrshire, this rare single cask release spent a maturation period of 37 years in a bourbon barrel before bottling in 2013 as part of Signatory's Cask...  More info
This is a natural cask strength bottling of 36 year old Glenury Royal, distilled in 1970. Very complex stuff.  More info
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