Bought: Online Whisky Auction, 6th January 2016
81.9/100 – Whiskybase (average from 12 member votes)
Since the 1970s I’ve travelled through the town of Montrose many times on the train between Aberdeen and Edinburgh, on the east coast of Scotland. It became a family saying “hold your nose, here comes Montrose!” The town is situated between the north and south Esk rivers. If the tide is out then the bay of the south Esk is exposed and smells terrible as the train goes over the bridge. The Lochside distillery was situated in the town of Montrose but sadly closed in 1992. It was later demolished in 2005 and turned into apartments. Thankfully you can still find examples of the Lochside single malt (mostly at auctions) and it doesn’t smell anything like the south Esk bay!
Lochside only started life in 1957 so it’s not one of the historic distilleries of Scotland. It did have one of the more imposing buildings, perched on the edge of a roadway. Sadly this area of Scotland has seen the majority of its distilleries dwindle away. Glenesk, North Port and Glenury Royal all closed in the 1980s leaving only Glencadam and Old Fettercairn holding the whisky flag for the Montrose area of the North East.
Scoring nearly 82/100 from 12 votes is a very good rating for this bottle of Lochside on Whiskybase. One member leaves these tasting notes “sweet and herbs with a nice maltyness in the nose. Malty nice notes with a nutty background. A middle long finish brings some smoky and heather notes.” Bottled in 2006, this 15-year-old by Gordon & MacPhail is a good example of Lochside so well worth getting if you see it at auction.
‘A Dram A Day’ review on You Tube (August 2016):