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Lochside

The Lochside distillery was founded in 1957 by Joseph Hobbs on what was once the site of the 1781-built James Deuchar Brewery. Established as a distillery of both malt and grain as well as a blending and bottling facility, Lochside had four pot stills and a Coffey still for grain distillation. Joseph ran the distillery under MacNab Distilleries Ltd until November of 1973, at which point it was acquired by Destilerias y Crianza del Whisky SA of Madrid, a subsidiary of Pedro Domecq Sherry.

Under the Spanish ownership, Lochside became a component of the Macnab’s blend. In 1992, Pedro Domecq was acquired by Allied Distillers and Lochside was closed shortly after. The warehousing facilities remained for some time, though they were, in turn, closed five years later. Lochside drew its waters from a borehole aquifer beneath the distillery. The spirit was distilled in two pairs of stills and then matured in ex-bourbon casks.

Permission was granted to demolish the distillery in 2004, though shortly after a fire broke out and destroyed the buildings. What was left has been demolished and a DIY centre now stands in its place. Naturally, official releases are hard to come by; the closest thing being a bottling named Macnab, not to be confused with the blend that Lochside was component of, though both have the same name. There have, however, been independent releases.

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About Lochside Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded

1957

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard)

Distillery Status

Demolished

Distillery Address

Montrose, Angus

1957

The legendary Joseph W. Hobbs starts production at Lochside Distillery, housed in the old brewery James Deuchar Brewery. Macnab Distillery Ltd is responsible for operations and uses the whisky in their blended Sandy Macnab’s. Only grain whisky is produced the first years.

1961

Malt whisky is also distilled.

1964

Joseph Hobbs passes away and his son Joe takes over.

1971

Production stops.

1973

The Spanish company Destilerias y Crianza del Whisky (later to be acquired by Pedro Domecq) buys the distillery and restarts production.

1974

Grain whisky production ceases.

1992

The last distillation takes place in May and the distillery is then mothballed.

1994

Allied Lyons buys Pedro Domecq and changes name to Allied Domecq.

1997

All equipment and stored whisky is removed from the buildings.

2005

The facilities are partly destroyed by a fire. Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard) become new owners through the acquisition of Allied Domecq.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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