SMWS Tasting Notes: The distillery was originally a brewery in Montrose and began to make whisky ony when it was bought by the redoubtable Joseph Hobbs in 1957, making both grain and malt whisky. In 1973 it was sold to a Spanish company who mothballed it in the mid-80's, decommissioned it in 1992 and sadly demolished much of it last year. This has come from Spanish oak and has a gorgeous mahogany colour. The nose is of prune or fig juice to start with, fading into walnut oil and coffee grounds with an unexpected prickle for its venerable age. Water betrays the cask origin with a blast of burnt pork crackling, well-used roasting tins and surprisingly, tinned mandarins. The flavour reminded us of the dregs of black coffee, with crystalline brown sugar in them: it has a fruity-oily finish and an aftertaste of Valrhona dark chocolate. Why on earth did they close it??