North British 25 year old
This North British 25 year old is a truly superb dram. It was matured for twenty five years in refill Bourbon barrel before been bottled in 2017 at natural cask strength. Taste consists of coconut, mango sweetness and toasted almonds. Finish is extremely long lasting. Even stronger coconut cream, vanilla pod, a hint of leather and plum marmalade.
North British Distillery
North British Distillery was established by Andrew Usher, William Sanderson and John M. Crabbie back in 1885 in Edinburgh. The site is chosen in preference to a number of others due to its ready access to an abundant supply of water from the Pentland Hills. In addition the site is in close proximity to the railway network ‰ÛÒ an essential support to industry in the Victorian era. It is a bonus to find that the main city sewer runs less than 100 yards from the field thereby providing a ready solution to the disposal of effluent. Finally of course the neighbouring dairy farmers provide a ready market for the disposal of the draff and dreg residue from the distilling process. Having identified the site and established the vision for the new company construction work began in earnest during 1886. The distillery came on stream in September 1887, producing just under 1 million l.alc. in the remainder of that calendar year. In the first full year of production in 1888 distillery output amounted to 3.6 million l.alc. Such was the early success of The North British that fillings demand increased year on year and by 1897 the Chairman, Andrew Usher, commented ‰ÛÏthere is no whisky more popular in Scotland than North British‰Û. By the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 annual output had increased to approximately 9 million l.alc. supporting the rapidly expanding export sales of blended Scotch whisky. As the war dragged on the availability of cereals began to dwindle and eventually ceased altogether. Distillation was suspended in early 1917 and plans were initiated to convert the distillery into an acetone factory to help support the munitions programme. However the conversion work was never completed with peace being declared in late 1918. Distilling operations resumed in January 1920 by which time filling prices had escalated to an exorbitant 9.5p/l.alc. The post war era was one of great uncertainty with cereals and coal prices fluctuating wildly. Through it all The North British continued its steady recovery and by 1925 filling volumes had recovered to pre-war levels. Little did our predecessors realise the trouble that awaited them just around the corner.