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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.

North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 50.4%

A very rare release of single malt Scotch whisky from North Port-Brechin (the distillery had various named during its lifetime, two most notably North Port and Brechin), which closed in 1983 and was…  More info

North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$1,812.02

North Port-Brechin 1981 (bottled 1998) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A 1998 vintage bottling of rare North Port-Brechin single malt, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 1998 for the Connoisseurs Choice range. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

North Port-Brechin 1981 (bottled 1998) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

North Port-Brechin 1981 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

Rare as hen's teeth and significantly more delicious - this is a bottling of single malt from the North Port distillery (at one point known as the Brechin distillery, hence it's inclusion on the…  More info

North Port-Brechin 1981 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

North Port-Brechin 1981 (bottled 2005) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

This old bottling from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range is a rare example of single malt from the closed North Port distillery (listed as North Port-Brechin on the label, as it was…  More info

North Port-Brechin 1981 (bottled 2005) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

North Port 24 Year Old 1981 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 58%

Duncan Taylor's Rarist of the Rare indie bottling range is fair self-explanatory - it's home to some very hard to find whiskies indeed. This particular bottling is 24 year old single malt from the…  More info

North Port 24 Year Old 1981 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

North Port 20 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.2%

A 20 year old bottling, distilled in 1979 before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info

North Port 20 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

North Port-Brechin 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

This single malt was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2003, a rare edition from the North Port distillery.  More info

North Port-Brechin 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

North Port (Brechin) 25 Year Old 1977 - Authentic Collection (Cadenhead's)

70cl, 56%

A very rare single malt whisky from Cadenhead's Authentic Collection, this was distilled at the North Port distillery in 1977 and it was aged for 25 years in a bourbon hogshead before bottling at…  More info

North Port (Brechin) 25 Year Old 1977 - Authentic Collection (Cadenhead's)

Brechin 28 Year Old

70cl, 53%

Part of a release of just 2,040 bottles of Brechin (aka North Port). This was aged for 28 years before bottling at cask strength.  More info

Brechin 28 Year Old

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