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Glenesk

The Glenesk was built on what was once a flax-spinning mill. In 1897, the Dundee wine merchant James Isles and Septimus Parsonage and Co converted the buildings, founding the distillery under the name Highland Esk. The name changed several times during its lifetime, the first time was in 1899, when J F Caille Heddle purchased the distillery and renamed it North Esk.

Following a devastating fire in 1910, much of the distillery had to be rebuilt. The distillery closed during the Second World War, reopening in 1938 under the name Montrose, named for the village in which it stands, at the bands of the River Esk, having been acquired by Associated Scottish Distillers. During this time the distillery had been used to produce grain whisky. In 1964, the distillery was renamed Hillside. By this time much of the whisky had been used in the famous William Sanderson blend VAT 69.

It was not until 1980 that the distillery became known as Glenesk, closing just five years later, cancelling the license 1992. The UK’s largest malt producer, Greencore Maltings Group, acquired Glenesk in 1997. Today bottlings are rare and appear under the variety of names the distillery has been entitled over the years.

Glenesk 1980 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenesk single malt selected for their Rare Old series.  More info

Glenesk 1980 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/04) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$513.17

Hillside 25 Year Old 1971 - Rare Malts

70cl, 62%

25 year old single malt from the long-closed Hillside distillery, distilled in 1971 and bottled in 1997 for the Diageo Rare Malts range. Not familiar with Hillside? Well, at the time it closed, the…  More info

Hillside 25 Year Old 1971 - Rare Malts

Glenesk 1984 (bottled 1997) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A rare glimpse into the world of closed whisky distilleries (and the history of Gordon & MacPhail's long-running Connoisseurs Choice range). This is a bottling of single malt from Glenesk, distilled…  More info

Glenesk 1984 (bottled 1997) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenesk 20 Year Old 1983 (cask 4928) - Cask Strength Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

75cl, 58.4%

An indie bottling of rare single malt from the closed Glenesk distillery, bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Cask Strength Rare Auld range. This was distilled in November 1983 (during the few years…  More info

Glenesk 20 Year Old 1983 (cask 4928) - Cask Strength Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Glenesk 1982 (bottled 1995) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt from the closed Glenesk distillery, which was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 1995 for the Connoisseurs Choice range. Glenesk is rather rare indeed, and…  More info

Glenesk 1982 (bottled 1995) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Hillside 25 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.1%

A 1970 vintage Hillside (or Glenesk, as it was known from 1980 onwards) single malt Scotch whisky, bottled at 25 years old for the Rare Malts collection. Glenesk has had a number of names over the…  More info

Hillside 25 Year Old 1970 - Rare Malts

Glenesk 1979 - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

This Rare Old bottling from Gordon & MacPhail features single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Glenesk distillery. It was distilled way back in 1979 and bottled in 2013. As with many closed…  More info

Glenesk 1979 - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenesk 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Distilled at Glen Esk in 1984 and aged for 24 years before bottling in 2008 for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Glenesk 1984 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glen Esk 26 Year Old 1974 (cask 89) (Signatory)

70cl, 52.7%

Bottlings of Glen Esk single malt are few and far between, not just because the distillery changed its name as often as the wind changes direction, but because its still fell silent back in the…  More info

Glen Esk 26 Year Old 1974 (cask 89) (Signatory)

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