Founded in 1957
Nestled in the Eastern Highlands, Lochside distillery stood for over 200 years. A broad, three story building with a white tower, Lochside was featured prominently in its hometown of Montrose, Angus, adding a sense of industry to the surroundings.

Lochside was founded as a brewery in 1781. After a brief closure the facility was purchased by Macnab Distilleries Ltd. and outfitted for Whisky production in 1957. Throughout a series of acquisitions, the spirits produced in Lochside were sold by Sandy Macnab, DYC and Pernod Ricard. Almost all were exported.

Lochside operations were overseen by renowned distiller Joseph W. Hobbs, proprietor of the Ben Nevis distillery, and followed the example in making both malt and grain Whiskies. Hobbs ran Lochside until his death in 1964, when his son, Joe, assumed the role.

Joe managed Lochside until they decided to halt production in 1971. While plans to breathe new life into Lochside were brought forth periodically for the next three decades, none took root, and the buildings—already damaged by fire—were demolished in 2005.

All Whisky produced at Lochside was aged in ex-Bourbon casks, surprising for a producer owned by the Spanish DYC for so long.

Remaining bottlings are a rarity, often exhibiting deep raisin and dusty fruit as a result of their age. Keep an eye out for the 10YO, the only official bottling ran from 1991, before the distillery was shut down.

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

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What does Lochside taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Lochside Scotch. It's based on all Lochside drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Lochside before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
    Macnab Distilleries Ltd., Allied Distillers, Pernod Ricard
  • Type
    Single malt & blend
  • Number of stills
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Montrose, Angus DD10 9AD, Scotland, UK
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Lochside was originally founded as a brewery in 1891.

The buildings at Lochside were scheduled for demolition in 2005, but burned down in 2004, right in the nick of time.
There's a dram for everyone in the Highlands!

Highlands are the largest of the Scottish Whisky regions. Geographically the Highland Whisky region is defined as everything north of an imaginary line between Dundee and Greenock.

Single malt Whisky from the Highlands offer a lot of flavour diversity. You'll find everything from smoky drams to light and elegant floral & fruity Whiskies coming from the Highland distilleries.
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