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More than four decades ago a batch of premium single malt whisky was crafted at Lochside, one of Scotland's oldest distilleries.
By Rob Allanson
More than four decades ago a batch of premium single malt whisky was crafted at Lochside, one of Scotland's oldest distilleries. The whisky was matured in ex-Bourbon casks and carefully transferred to a cask numbered 804, sealed and stored. Forty-five years later, the cask was purchased in an estate sale by Vintage Malt Whisky Company of Glasgow and the Vancouver liquor agency, Von Albrecht and Associates. The first bottling consists of merely 30 etched limited production bottles, each complete with a handmade oak barrel cask box and shield. The few not spoken for bottles are available in British Columbia for $5,500.

Lochside Distillery was founded in 1957 by Joseph Hobbs. The distillery featured four pot stills and a coffey still for grain distillation. In 1973 the distillery was acquired by Destileras y Crianza del Whisky S. A. of Madrid and in 1992 became a subsidiary of Allied Distillers, then later, Ricard Pernod.

In 1992 production ceased and by 1996 all of Lochside's stock was depleted meaning this latest bottling is one of the last available from the historic distillery.