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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 20 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.20%

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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