Glenesk was something of a chameleon during its lifespan, switching between malt and grain distillation and having its name changed frequently. It began life as 'Highland Esk' distillery, founded in Montrose in the Eastern Highlands in 1897 by the famous wine merchant Septimus Parsonage. The buildings were a converted flax mill. Read More »
An old bottling Glenesk bottled at 12 years of age. Used as the base malt to VAT 69, the distillery closed in 1985 and was also seen bottled under the Hillside name. We estimate this was bottled in the 1980s.
A 1975 vintage Highland whisky from Glenesk, bottled from a single cask at 24 years old by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Distilled a decade before the distillery was closed, this was bottled in June 2000.
A 1984 vintage Glenesk, bottled in 2004 by independent bottling specialists Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice series. The distillery closed in 1985 and is today still used as a maltings, although the rest of the equipment has been dismantled.
A 1982 vintage Glenesk, bottled by independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. Rarely seen as an independent bottling and even rarer as an official bottling, the distillery closed in 1985 and bottlings are in high demand.
A 1982 vintage Glenesk, bottled by indepcdent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice series in 1995. Unfortunately, we don't get to see many releases from Glenesk, especially since it was mothballed in 1983 and later converted into private housing.
This whisky was distilled in 1982 at Glenesk, just two years after the distillery changed its name from Hillside. Cadenhead's selected this cask for their Authentic Collection and after 14 years of maturation, it was bottled at Cask strength.
A 1983 vintage Glenesk, which closed in 1985 and has since become a maltings. Distilled in November, this was bottled by the folks at Duncan Taylor in late 2009 after 26 years of maturation in a sherry cask. With only 328 bottles and an ABV of 56.4% it looks like this is only a bottling of part of the cask or the angels got more than their fair share.
A very rare bottling of 1969 Glen Esk released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their onsite maltings in the early 80s. The distillery closed in 1985, shortly after the release of this whisky, and now operates purely as a maltings.
A very, very rare official bottling of Glenesk, the distillery also known as Hillside before 1980. This bottling is by William Sanderson & Sons, the last DCL (now Diageo) subsidiary to run the distillery before its closure in 1985. The distillery equipment was removed in 1996 and the site is now used as a maltings.