Whisky Magazine Issue 135
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I have a bottle of Sandy Macnab's Old Blended Scotch Whisky 26 fl oz purchased from the Lochside Distillery, Montrose about 35 years ago. The bottle has a gold cap and gold label picturing a man in Highland dress. It does not look as if the fill level has gone down, and it has been sitting in a dark, cold cupboard since it was bought. Is this worth keeping or is it not valuable as it is not single malt whisky?
E. Ramsay, UK Montrose
Distillery was converted from a brewery in 1957 by Joseph W. Hobbs of Ben Nevis Distillery. It had four pot stills and a Coffey still for making grain whisky. In the 1970s, ownership of the distillery passed to Spanish company DYC, and grain distilling was discontinued. More than just a curiosity, there have been a few independent bottlings of single blends from Lochside made from a blend of the malt and grain whisky distilled on the site. Distillation ceased at Lochside Distillery in 1992, and the distillery officially closed in 1996. The buildings were demolished just over a decade ago. Sandy Macnab was a well-regarded blended whisky that contained a decent proportion of malt, and Lochside was certainly amongst the many malts in the recipe. Discontinued blended whiskies are increasingly valuable, and many whisky auction regulars enjoy acquiring brands that they have never tasted before. At online auctions, Sandy Macnab's Old Blended Whisky has sold for £100 in the 75cl format and up to £140-160 for the older 26 fl oz versions. There are fre...