Distillery Factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Glenesk glen el*gin The Lost Distilleries of Scotland Highlands Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Closed 1897 - 1985 Malt Glenesk Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group

Glenesk Timeline:

1897: Converted from flax-spinning mill by Septimus Parsonage & Co. and James Isles, a wine merchant from Dundee and named Highland Esk, operated by Septimus Parsonage & Co. Ltd.. It was situated at the mouth of the River South Esk at Montrose having a good supply of water and good access to the Mearns to get the barley from (1898 mentioned as well)

1899: Acquired by J.F. Caille Heddle and renamed North Esk Distillery

WWI-1938: Production ceased and the buildings were used to billet soldiers. Part of the distillery burnt down in this period and remained unrepaired. For some years the maltings were in use. Not used for distilling until 1938

1938: Bought by Associated Scottish Distilleries Ltd. (ASD), subsidiary of Train & McIntyre Ltd., itself owned by National Distillers of America and re-equipped to produce grain whisky as Montrose Distillery

1954-64: Associated Scottish Distilleries (ASD) ran into problems and sold the distillery to Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL). Only the warehouses and maltings were used

1964: Transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (SMD) who converted it back to a malt distillery as Hillside. Four stills

1968: Large drum-maltings was opened on an adjacent site

1973: Enlarged

1980: Renamed Glenesk Distillery and Maltings. Licensed to William Sanderson & Sons Ltd., South Queensferry, West Lothian

1985: Distillery was closed

1992: Distilling license cancelled