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North Port

The North Port distillery was founded in 1820 by the Townhead Distillery Company - a consortium including the brothers Guthrie: Alexander, David and John. The distillery was named Townhead until 1823 when it became the Brechin distillery. The town of Brechin, in which the distillery lies, was at one time surrounded by walls. The whisky distillery was near the Northern gate and was hence named North Port in 1839. The North Port distillery closed a century later and remained shut until 1948. During this time, the Polish army used the buildings for accommodation.

The 1980s were a trying time for the Scotch whisky industry; it was after the Second World War, and the subsequent abolition of rationing, that popularity for the dark spirit soared. The distilleries and producers were keen to meet demands and before too long the market became saturated. It was in 1983 that a host of distilleries gave up their proverbial ghost and the North Port distillery was among their number. The distillery had just two stills and shared its water source, Loch Lee, with the townsfolk.

Distillers Company Limited acquired North Port in 1922 and subsequently transferred it to Scottish Malt Distillers. It latterly became part of Diageo. Since the buildings were demolished, the site has played host to a shopping centre. Official releases are rare and there have been but a handful of independent bottlings.

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About North Port Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded

1820

Distillery Address

Brechin, Angus

Distillery Status

Demolished

Distillery Owner

Diageo

1820

David Guthrie founds the distillery and names it Townhead Distillery.

1823

David, John and Alexander, three of David Guthrie’s sons, help their father with operations. The name is changed to Brechin Distillery.

1825

Guthrie, Martin & Co. is formed to operate the distillery.

1922

The distillery is acquired by Distillers Company Limited (DCL) together with W. H. Holt Ltd.

1928

The distillery closes.

1937

The distillery is in production again.

1939

The distillery changes name from Brechin to North Port.

1983

North Port is mothballed.

1993

The buildings are demolished.

1995

North Port 1971 (23 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.

1998

North Port 1979 (19 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.

1999

North Port 1979 (20 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.

2005

A 28 year old is launched as a Special Release from Diageo.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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