Glenesk 20 years old (D.1983, B.2004) Peerless, Duncan Taylor / 58,4%/ –
Glenesk Distillery founded in 1897 has been famous for using the largest variety of names among all distilleries in the history of Scotch whisky (Highland Esk, North Esk, Montrose, Hillside and finally Glenesk). In 1954, while operating under the name of Montrose, it was acquired by DCL, which renamed it to Hillside 10 years later. Hillside carried on until 1980, when the name was changed to Glenesk but despite new name the distillery closed in 1985. The distillery buildings were demolished in 1996. Glenesk had its time in history in the 1960s when was owned by Wm Sanderson & Son, subsidiary of DCL, and supplied malt for then very popular VAT 69 brand. Here we have an official Wm Sanderson & Son bottling from he 1970s destined for the Italian market.
Nose: malty and grainy, breakfast cereals, cooked apples, caramel, touch of vanilla, hay, hints of bees wax and furniture polish.
Palate: malty, vanilla, honey, caramel, cooked apples, sour grapes, hints of pepper and ginger and touch of cedar wood.
Finish: medium long, with notes of pepper, grass, herbs and hints of apples.