Lochside Highland Whisky Distillery
Like many distilleries this site was once an 18th century brewery (The scots have never been far from alcohol production) but was converted into a distillery in 1957. Whisky magnate Joseph W Hobbs opened Lochside adding to his growing distillery portfolio which included Glenury Royal, Glenkinchie, Glenesk, Bruichladdich and Ben Nevis. Lochside was later taken over by Allied Domecq in 1992 however was completely dismantled in 1997 and sadly demolished a few years later.
Most of the whisky produced at Lochside went into the blend Sandy McNab which was popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s however is mostly unheard of today. Malt and grain whisky were made at Lochside but the Coffey still was removed in 1970. Only one official bottling was released before the distillery closed its doors for the last time. A 10 year old was released in 1991 however some independent bottlings still exist. The best one is reportedly the Scotts Selection bottling which married both malt and grain whisky straight after distillation which was common at distilleries owned by Joseph Hobbs.
Taste: The 10 year old Lochside single malt scotch whisky is said to be aromatic, perfumed and sweet.