Existing Lochside bottlings commonly exhibit stone-fruit on the palate with a medium-bodied heft. The malt used at Lochside was unpeated, allowing for a bright, approachable profile.
Lochside distillery released an official range with 10, 18 and 31 year labels. A series of independent bottlings have also shown up over the years. Adelphi made Lochsides Whisky of 46 and 47 years, and Gordon & Macphail offer a 13 year.
Lochside single malts are known for their elegant expression, balancing sherry and cinnamon towards a drying finish. Relatively unkown in its time the bottlings in circulation today are much beloved by Highland connosieurs.
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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.
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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.