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North British

One of only six dedicated grain distilleries in Scotland, the North British distillery was founded in 1885 by Andrew Usher, William Sanderson, James Watson and John Crabbie. It has a noble history, and the four founders built the distillery in a bid to challenge the monopoly the Distillers Company Ltd. had over the supply of grain.

Production began in 1887 from a single Coffey still, though within three years the capacity had doubled to three million gallons a year. For a period, North British was the largest grain distillery in Scotland. Ironically, a merger between DCL and IDV in 1997 resulted in North British being jointly run by the company which it has first set up to oppose. Awkward… Whisky from North British appears in a few famous blends such as Johnnie Walker Black Label, J&B Rare, The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark. In 2018, the first distillery bottling of North British single grain was released in collaboration with Douglas Laing.

North British 4 Year Old 2015 - Bramble Whisky Company

70cl, 46%

An intriguing single grain whisky here from North British, bottled by Bramble Whisky Co.! After it was distilled in Edinburgh in 2015, the spirit was matured (rather unusually for grain whisky) in a…  More info

North British 4 Year Old 2015 - Bramble Whisky Company
$73.64

North British 1988 (bottled 2019) (cask 216435) - The Alba Series (Whisky Illuminati)

70cl, 44.4%

A single cask bottling of North British single grain, distilled in 1988 and whacked into an American oak barrel. There it rested for a pretty long while, until 2019 when it was bottled by Whisky…  More info

North British 1988 (bottled 2019) (cask 216435) - The Alba Series (Whisky Illuminati)
$172.16

North British 33 Year Old 1988 (cask 15430) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.6%

An impressive single grain Scotch whiskey from the North British Distillery, matured for 33 years between July 1988 and December 2021. The whisky was treated to a finishing period in a single Pedro…  More info

North British 33 Year Old 1988 (cask 15430) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$222.29

North British 32 Year Old 1988 (casks 608959/963 & 238960) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 48%

Lots of great things came out of 1988, for example, the debut album from hip hop duo Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, It Takes Two, which became a platinum-selling record. Another thing happening in 1988…  More info

North British 32 Year Old 1988 (casks 608959/963 & 238960) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$176.77

North British 29 Year Old 1992 (cask GD-NB-92) - Rare Cask Series (GreatDrams)

50cl, 49.9%

Distilled in December 1992 at the North British Distillery, this glorious single grain spent the next 29 years resting in a single cask. In March 2022, that cask was opened up by the team at indie…  More info

North British 29 Year Old 1992 (cask GD-NB-92) - Rare Cask Series (GreatDrams)
$181.83

Caramel Apple Sauce 1991 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (North British)

70cl, 46%

An independent bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the North British Distillery, which was distilled in 1991 and matured in a single butt cask. In 2018, the whisky was independently bottled…  More info

Caramel Apple Sauce 1991 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (North British)
$92.91
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North British 29 Year Old 1992 (cask 67628) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 44.5%

Superb single grain Scotch from the North British Distillery, independently bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.! Matured for 29 years in a single bourbon cask between 1992 and 2022, the glorious…  More info

North British 29 Year Old 1992 (cask 67628) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$134.33

North British 30 Year Old 1991 (cask 262080) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.8%

Tremendous single grain Scotch from the North British Distillery matured in a single refill sherry butt! Distilled in 1991, the whisky spent three decades in the cask, until it was independently…  More info

North British 30 Year Old 1991 (cask 262080) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$121.25

North British 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 239755) - Deerstalker Limited Release

70cl, 48%

It doesn't take a detective in a deerstalker hat (which they never actually wore in the books) to figure that we've got another tasty indie single grain on our hands here! This one comes from the…  More info

North British 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 239755) - Deerstalker Limited Release

North British 53 Year Old 1961 (cask 10708) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.8%

A 53(!) year old single grain bottled by Douglas Laing for their XOP (Xtra Old Particular) range. Distilled in December 1961 and bottled in August 2015, the outturn of this sensationally aged whisky…  More info

North British 53 Year Old 1961 (cask 10708) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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North British 1994 - Single Grain Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

A single grain whisky, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled at the North British distillery in the Lowlands in 1994. North British is Edinburgh's last working distillery.  More info

North British 1994 - Single Grain Collection (Signatory)

North British 17 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.9%

This was distilled on the 20th September 1991 and matured for 17 years in Californian sherry cask number 259479 before bottling on the 11th September 2009. A release of just 679 bottles.  More info

North British 17 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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North British 30 Year Old 1979 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.2%

A single cask, cask strength single grain from Douglas Laing's The Clan Denny range. This was distilled in 1979 and matured for 30 years in refill butt number 5557.  More info

North British 30 Year Old 1979 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
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North British 30 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.2%

Single cask grain whisky from North British. This was distilled in August of 1978 and matured for 30 years in cask number 38472 before bottling in March of 2009 by Duncan Taylor for their Rare Auld…  More info

North British 30 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

North British 32 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.3%

This single cask grain whisky was distilled at North British in August of 1978. It was aged for 32 years before Duncan Taylor bottled it in March 2011. Just 91 bottles!  More info

North British 32 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

North British 31 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.4%

A single grain from the rarely seen North British distillery. This was distilled in August 1978. aged for 31 years in cask number 38471 and bottled by Duncan Taylor in March 2010. A cask strength…  More info

North British 31 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

North British 20 Year Old 1991 Cask 3225 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55.8%

Upon first trying this North British, we couldn't believe it was a grain whisky. It's so full of character, with such a thick, rich bourbon cask influence, we had to bottle it! This was distilled on…  More info

North British 20 Year Old 1991 Cask 3225 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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North British 20 Year Old 1991 Cask 3228 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54.1%

This delicious single cask, single grain whisky was distilled on the 22nd January 1991 and it was aged in first fill bourbon cask 3228 for 20 years before we discovered it and had it bottled on the…  More info

North British 20 Year Old 1991 Cask 3228 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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North British 47 Year Old 1963 - Rare And Very Old - Ibisco Decanter and Certificate Box (Signatory)

70cl, 49.3%

This handsome North British comes packaged in an elegant Ibisco glass decanter. It was distilled on Christmas Eve 1963 and was aged in casks 117358 and 117361 for a whopping 47 years before bottling…  More info

North British 47 Year Old 1963 - Rare And Very Old - Ibisco Decanter and Certificate Box (Signatory)

North British 20 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50%

This was distilled at the North British grain distillery on the 20th September 1991, it was aged in Californian sherry butt number 259478 for 20 years before bottling on the 24th October 2011. A…  More info

North British 20 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

North British 50 Year Old 1962 - Adelphi

70cl, 44.2%

This is a stupendous bottling of the North British grain whisky boasting an astonishing fifty years of cask ageing.  More info

North British 50 Year Old 1962 - Adelphi

North British 33 Year Old 1978 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 56.2%

This North British single grain whisky has been aged for thirty-three years before Duncan Taylor bottled it at cask strength, without chill-filtration or colouring for their Dimensions range.  More info

North British 33 Year Old 1978 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

North British 33 Year Old 1978 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.8%

A 33 year old, 1978 single cask grain whisky from North British. It was finished in a small Octave cask and was bottled by Duncan Taylor. Great stuff.  More info

North British 33 Year Old 1978 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

North British 50 Year Old 1962 (cask 8228) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.1%

Absolutely staggering single cask grain whisky bottled for Douglas Laing's Director's Cut range. This was distilled in 1962 and aged for 50 years before bottling at natural cask strength. Wonderful…  More info

North British 50 Year Old 1962 (cask 8228) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

North British 50 Year Old 1961 - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.3%

A staggeringly good, massively rich single cask, single grain whisky, distilled at North British in 1961 and aged for a massive 50 years in oak before bottling at natural cask strength for Douglas…  More info

 North British 50 Year Old 1961 - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

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