Hillside 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 »
From the distillery also known as Glenesk comes this little-seen and hugely under-rated Rare Malts bottling under the Hillside moniker. A bit OTT at full strength, with a drop of water this dram reveals a hidden honeyed beauty.
A fantastic release from Hillside, aka Glenesk, as part of the Rare Malts series. Bottlings from Hillside are very hard to find in general, especially distillery bottlings such as this one, and this lives up to the rarity by also being rather good.
A 1970 vintage Hillside bottled as part of the Rare Malts series. Dormant from 1899 to 1938, Glenesk reopened as a grain distillery. Converted to a malt distillery, it was renamed Hillside in 1964, then renamed back to Glenesk around 1980 before being closed for good in 1985. Bottlings from this distillery are highly sought after.