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NORTH  BRITISH     Aged 28 years 51,6 %                           
Last Bottle and empty
RARE  AULD  CASK  
STRENGHT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
Grain Scotch Whisky
Unique Whiskies of Distinction
Fons et Origo
D.T.C.
Date Distilled 07.1978
Cask no: 239966
Date Bottled: 11.2006
119 Numbered Bottles
No Chill Filtering or Colourings of any kind
Duncan Taylor & Co, Ltd, Huntly, Aberdeen -
shire




Grain Whisky


NORTH  BRITISH   (1886 -            
                                                 
                                                                                                                                         

The North British (the archaic and somewhat disparaging term applied to post-Jacobite Scotland) distillery was founded in Edinburgh in 1885. Up until that point, Scotland’s blenders and spirit merchants could only buy their grain from DCL [see Cameronbridge]. In an attempt to break the monopoly, Andrew Usher, William Sanderson, John Crabbie, and James Watson joined forces to build a new – and substantial – grain distillery in Gorgie, close to the Union Canal, the railway line, and the Caledonian distillery which had been absorbed into DCL the year before. A case of the last straw perhaps?

Production started in 1887 from a single Coffey. Within three years capacity had doubled to three million gallons a year. Whisky-making ceased during the First World War, but production restarted in 1920. It was nursed cautiously through the tricky period of the 1930s, but blossomed once more post-WWII. By the 1960s it was making six million gallons a year (a figure which would double by the start of the following decade), and for a period, North British was the largest grain plant in Scotland.

By the 1960s it was still being run as a kind of co-operative with its shareholders including Robertson & Baxter, IDV, William Lawson, Macdonald Martin, Seagram, and William Teacher. In 1993 its management was taken over by Lothian Distillers, an equal partnership between R&B [now Edrington Group] and IDV. The result of the merger between the latter and DCL (by that time called UD) in 1997, meant that North British was being jointly run by the firm which it had set up in opposition to.

BLENDS CONTRIBUTED TO i
Cutty Sark, Famous Grouse, Chivas Regal, J&B, Isle Of Skye
CAPACITY (MLPA) i
73
COOK TIME i
90 minutes
DISTILLATION SYSTEM i
Coffey still
FERMENTATION TIME i
72 hours
FILLING STRENGTH i
68.60%
GRAIN TYPE i
Maize
MALTED BARLEY % i
min 15%
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
94.50%
NUMBER OF COLUMNS i
Three Coffey Stills
WATER SOURCE i
Pentland water
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