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No: 86
Producer: United
Region: Highlands
District: Eastern Highlands
OS Sheet 45? ; Map reference NO 71 56 ; Latitude 56 40° N, Longitude 2 30° W
Founded 1897 ; Operating Status: closed (1983)

Traditionally this has been an important component of the blended whisky Vat 69, bottled in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh by William Sanderson, formerly a Distillers Company Limited subsidiary and now subsumed into United Distillers. The Glenesk distillery is at the mouth of the South Esk river, at Montrose. It began its life as a flax mill and became a malt distillery in 1897. It was re-equipped to produce grain whisky around the time of the Second World War, converted back in the 1960s, and extended in the 1970s. It has been temporarily closed since 1985. Despite its chequered history it has very much the look of a traditional malt distillery. It has an adjoining maltings of the drum type.
© Michael Jackson 1994

Distillery rating: 3*

Hillside, Montrose, Angus

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