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 »
A 26 year old whisky from Glen Esk, closed in the 1990s and now increasingly hard to find even as an independently bottled spirit. This one was distilled back in 1974 and bottled in the autumn of 2000.
A 1981 vintage whisky from Glenesk, which closed in 1985 and has since become a maltings. This was bottled by the folks at Duncan Taylor in late 2007 after 26 years of maturation in a sherry cask. With only 240 bottles and an ABV of 56.9% 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.