Hillside 1969

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
25 years old
61.9 % Vol.
200 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Added on
15 Sep 2008 5:48 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2642.29

24 × in wishlist

37 × member ratings

68 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hillside 1969

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.80 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  Hillside or Glenesk is one of the rather overlooked lost distilleries.  Is this justified by a rather poor quality or just by incident as there are only very few releases out there?

    The colour is pale gold and the texture shows the typical fat Rare Malts oiliness with late sticky tears that very slowly build some legs.  The nose is ... nice on a bourbon sweet and autumn floral-herbal profile with a lot of different aromas.  It is not as punchy as one would expect from 61.9% abv, in fact it is rather smooth and balanced.  It arrives on the palate hot and coating with no distracting moments.  The taste is sugary sweet with again herbal-floral flavours that are later joined by some dried fruits and hints of raspberries.  Not too bad.  The finish is long and more on the berries side with less herbs and spices.  It gets a little hot due to the high abv, too.

    This dram is an excellent swimmer.  After adding some water the aromas literally explode both in the nose and on the palate (2 points up) and the hot moments during mouthfeel and finish are gone (1 point up).  It is certainly best with a fair share of water added.

    Given the quality of this dram Hillside (or Glenesk) is clearly underrated when it comes to lost distilleries.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Another excellent Rare Malts, a Glenesk essence.
    • Nose
      Floral. Honey, herbals, bourbon vanilla, yellow fruits and lacquered wood.
    • Taste
      Powerful, oily and honey sweet. Citruses, fruit essence, malt, banana and herbals.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, spicy.

  3. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A light firm body.
    • Nose
      Much vanilla?
    • Taste
      Sweetish start. Then dry maltiness. Dried apricot and dried bananas.
    • Finish
      Slightly resiny, herbal and salty. Crisp fresh.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very nice Hillside/Glenesk and not typical like the  fat oily variety that RM bottles usually are.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    at almost 62% there is no need for water but I will need to re taste this because you need to spend time with this one.Will try with water next time.
    • Nose
      White fruits, honey, lemon, icing sugar, barley sugar. Pear, melon & mango with so candle wax note in the mix.
    • Taste
      Creamy and icing sugar sweet, but its also drying. Melon notes again but the sweetness gradually goes to leave a perfectly weighted syrupy palate on moist jam sponge cake, pancakes and cream
    • Finish
      Quite long, creamy and  a nice juicy fizziness

  6. zby0001 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93


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