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Glenesk Distillery operated in Montrose, Eastern Highlands, from 1897 to 1985. Its history is bit confusing, it changed names at least five times and switched form malt to grain whisky production more than once. Over period of time it worked as North Esk, Highland Esk, Montrose, Hillside and Glenesk. In the 1960s Glenesk malt was a backbone of VAT 69. Currently the site is owned by Boormalt, the fifth largest producer of malt in the world. Glenesk 1979, part of Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old range (RO/13/04), contains whisky aged in refill remade American oak hogshead. Bottled in 2013 at 46% abv with an outrun of 238 bottles.
Nose: fragrant, with malty and fruity notes, stewed apples and plums, gooseberries, honey, vanilla, cotton candy, hints of hay and toasted oak.
Palate: fruity with spicy edge, oranges, strawberries, bananas, vanilla, milk chocolate, pepper, nutmeg, cashews, touch of eucalyptus and oak.
Finish: pretty long, fruity and oaky with fading hints of smoke.