About Glenesk Whisky Distillery
Hillside, By Montrose, Angus
The distillery is founded by James Isles. The first name is Highland Esk Distillery.
The distillery is sold to Septimus Parsonage & Co. Ltd in London.
The distillery is bought by J. F. Caille Heddle and the name changes to North Esk Distillery.
A fire breaks out and the distillery has to be rebuilt.
Thomas Bernard & Co. buys the distillery but only uses the maltings under the name North Esk Maltings.
Production restarts headed by Joseph Hobbs and Associated Scottish Distillers. The distillery is converted into a grain distillery and the name is changed to Montrose Distillery.
The distillery is bought by Distillers Company Limited (DCL) who uses the facilities for storage and malting.
DCL resumes grain distilling.
DCL transfers operations to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) who starts malt distilling. The name changes to Hillside.
A large drum maltings is built adjacent to the distillery.
Name changes to Glenesk Distillery & Maltings.
The distillery closes in December.
Hillside 1969 is launched as a Rare Malt.
The last pieces of equipment are taken down. Hillside 1970 (25 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.
Hillside 1971 is launched as a Rare Malt. The maltings is sold to Paul´s Malt.
Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde