Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Site of the Former Distillery
DD10 9AD Scotland
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Lochside Distillery was established in 1957. However, long
before it became known as a distillery, it was Montrose
Brewery which was built in the 1760s. In the early 1830s,
James Deuchar purchased the brewery, rebuilt it and expanded
the water supply. Production continued until Scottish &
Newcastle Breweries purchased the Deuchar Brewery in 1956,
but only to close it down as the company moved all of their
operations to Edinburgh.
In 1957 Macnab Distillers Ltd. purchased the brewery and
converted it into Lochside Distillery. One of the investors
of Macnab was Joseph W. Hobbs - a man well-known for his
association with grain distilleries such as Glenesk
(also known as Hillside) and Ben
Nevis. He is also associated with these distilleries:
and Highland Esk.
Hobbs interest in Lochside was to produce grain whisky.
And, until 1961, producing grain whisky was Lochside's sole
output. But then in the early 1960s, larger and more economically
run grain distilleries were built and this concerned Hobbs
since greater quantities of grain whisky were being produced.
He converted some of the brewing equipment which then enabled
Lochside to produce both grain and malt whisky for blending.
Hobbs 'blended the whiskies at birth' and then put them
back into the cask for maturation. This practice by Hobbs
is known as 'blending at birth'.
Joseph Hobbs pass away in 1964 and Lochside closed in 1971.
The distillery lay silent until 1973 when at that time it
was purchased by the Spanish company Destilerias y Crianza
del Whisky S.A. (DYC) for the purpose of improving its Spanish
blends. While the production at Lochside heavily contributed
to Sandy Macnab's blend which was widely available in the
Southern European markets, once under the ownership of DYC,
a majority of the spirit was then sent directly to Spain
for use in their own Spanish whisky blends. Sales were impressive.
In 1992, DYC became part of Allied Distillers which later
formed Allied Domecq (now Ricard Pernod). Lochside's production
ceased in June of the same year and all stocks were depleted
Coastal Malt is of tremendous quality, with the briny, seaside
flavours and complexity shared with the other great malts
aged in close proximity to the sea. This distillery deserved
much, much greater recognition, sadly we are too late. Enjoy
it while you can. It is a true star - as described by Murray
McDavid - "the Springbank of the East".