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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 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 224754) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

70cl, 54.8%

An indie bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from North British, which was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2017 by the legendary Berry Brothers & Rudd.  More info

North British 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 224754) - Berry Bros. & Rudd
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North British 21 Year Old 1996 (cask 14409) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.8%

A single grain Scotch whisky from North British distillery. In 1996, the Lowland whisky was placed in a single refill hogshead for a lengthy 21 years. It was then bottled at cask strength in November…  More info

North British 21 Year Old 1996 (cask 14409) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

North British 21 Year Old (cask 10797) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.9%

How exciting, Douglas Laing's Old Particular selection now features single grain Scotch whiskies! This is the first single grain bottled for the range - a 21 year old North British, matured in a…  More info

North British 21 Year Old (cask 10797) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

North British 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 239928) - Copper Monument

70cl, 49.7%

Single cask single grain Scotch whisky from the North British distillery, matured in a first-fill bourbon barrel for 26 years - from 1991 to 2017. Following its maturation, the whisky was bottled by…  More info

North British 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 239928) - Copper Monument

North British 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.4%

A 26 year old single grain from the North British distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! Wonderfully creamy and packed with vanilla deliciousness, this one. Still unsure…  More info

North British 26 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

North British 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 10938) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.2%

A well aged grain whisky from the North British distillery in Edinburgh. After distillation in July 1988, the 27 year maturation took place in a single refill barrel, with an outturn of 168 bottles…  More info

North British 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 10938) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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North British 28 Year Old 1988 (casks 6008969 & 6018969) - Select Grain (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

Single grain Scotch whisky from the North British distillery, aged for 28 years before Murray McDavid bottled it up for their Select Grain range. This was distilled in 1988 and aged in bourbon…  More info

North British 28 Year Old 1988 (casks 6008969 & 6018969) - Select Grain (Murray McDavid)

North British 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 304) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 42.5%

A 26 year old single grain from the North British distillery in Edinburgh, independently bottled as part of The Cooper's Choice range. This was distilled in January 1991 and left to age in a bourbon…  More info

North British 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 304) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

North British 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 262058) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 58.5%

Single cask single grain from the North British distillery, independently bottled by A.D. Rattray for their Cask Collection range. This was distilled all the way back in September 1991 and matured in…  More info

North British 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 262058) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

North British 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11275) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 59.9%

26 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the North British distillery, drawn from a single cask which was laid down September 1989 and cracked open in February 2016. This comes to us via the…  More info

North British 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11275) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

North British 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 261477) - Rare Auld Grain (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.9%

What's rare, old and was made at the North British distillery? Why, it's this bottling of 23 year old single grain Scotch whisky! It was distilled in August 1991 and left to age in cask 261477 until…  More info

North British 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 261477) - Rare Auld Grain (Duncan Taylor)

North British 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 34442) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 60.7%

26 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the North British distillery, matured in a single hogshead cask. In June 1988, the grain distillery placed this whisky into cask #34442 and set it aside to…  More info

North British 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 34442) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
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North British 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11372) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 63.1%

A 26 year old North British single grain Scotch whisky, as bottled by Hunter Laing for their wonderful Sovereign range (which is packed with excellent independently bottled single grains, by the…  More info

North British 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 11372) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

North British 31 Year Old 1985 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55%

North British single grain aged for over three decades, independently bottled by WM Cadenhead, one of Scotland's oldest indie bottlers. This was distilled in 1985 and bottled in 2016 for the…  More info

North British 31 Year Old 1985 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

North British 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 597958) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.9%

Released for Duncan Taylor's excellent Octave range of independently bottled whiskies which have been finished in Octave casks, this 22 year old North British single grain Scotch whisky will fit…  More info

North British 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 597958) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

North British 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 200308) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 49.2%

26 year old single grain from the North British Distillery here, independently bottled by Hannah Whisky Merchants as part of the Lady of the Glen range. Distilled in May 1991 and left to mature in a…  More info

North British 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 200308) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

North British 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 598037) - Rare Auld Grain (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.7%

Single cask single grain Scotch whisky from the North British distillery, bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Rare Auld Grain range. It was distilled in September 1991 and matured in a Sherry cask for…  More info

North British 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 598037) - Rare Auld Grain (Duncan Taylor)

North British 28 Year Old 1988 (cask 34443) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 59.9%

Single cask single grain here from the North British distillery, bottled by Càrn Mòr. This was distilled back in June 1988, and was set aside to mature in a hogshead cask until September 2016, when…  More info

North British 28 Year Old 1988 (cask 34443)  - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

North British 28 Year Old 1991 (cask 262056) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 47.4%

We do love some superb sherried single grain. This one comes from the North British Distillery, and was filled into a refill sherry butt back in September 1991. After 28 years of maturation, it was…  More info

North British 28 Year Old 1991 (cask 262056) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

North British 26 Year Old 1995 (cask 5742) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

70cl, 52.1%

A grand single grain from the North British Distillery, this expression was distilled back in June 1995. After a nice long rest of 26 years, including a finish in a Marsala wine cask, it whisky was…  More info

North British 26 Year Old 1995 (cask 5742) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

North British 29 Year Old 1991 (cask 262082) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.2%

Excellent indie single grain here from the North British Distillery, independently bottled by Signatory for the brill Cask Strength Collection. This one was aged in a refill sherry butt for 29 years,…  More info

North British 29 Year Old 1991 (cask 262082)  - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

North British 30 Year Old 1988 (cask 16780) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.4%

Single grain Scotch whisky distilled by the Lowland-based North British, bottled in 2019 by Hunter Laing for its Sovereign series - a range of single cask single grain whiskies bottled at cask…  More info

North British 30 Year Old 1988 (cask 16780) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

North British 31 Year Old 1988 (cask 17662) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.4%

Single grain Scotch whisky from the Lowland-based North British Distillery. After maturation in bourbon casks for a substantial 31 years, this was bottled in 2020 by Hunter Laing for its Sovereign…  More info

North British 31 Year Old 1988 (cask 17662) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

North British 30 Year Old 1991 (cask 262084) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.7%

Back in September 1991, the folks at North British set about distilling this glorious single grain Scotch whisky! It was filled into a single refill sherry butt where it remained for the next three…  More info

North British 30 Year Old 1991 (cask 262084) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

North British 30 Year Old 1991 (cask 262088) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.5%

A well-aged single grain whisky from the North British Distillery! This expression was distilled in 1991 and popped into a refill sherry butt to let time do its work. 30 years later, in 2021, the…  More info

North British 30 Year Old 1991 (cask 262088) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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