NORTH BRITISH 28 ans 1990 G&M 61%
Single Grain Whisky, Scotland / The Lowlands, 70cl, Ref: 56054
This 28-year-old North British, distilled in 1990, aged entirely in first fill sherry barrels before being bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in the Choice Natural Degree Connoisseurs range. Particularly marked by its maturation, this single grain with its intense profile blends pleasantly with notes of sweet spices and rancid aromas, typical of sherry wines. Since 1968, the 'Connoisseurs Choice' collection brings together rare and sought after single malts from some of Scotland’s longest established distilleries.
Profile: Spicy, rich. Walnut cake, prunes, dried figs, nutmeg, leather.
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- The brand
The North British grain distillery was founded in 1885 by three important names in the world of blended scotch at the time: Andrew Usher, William Sanderson and John M Crabbie. The aim was to join forces in order to compete against DCL, a structure created in 1877 that brought together a huge number of distilleries, whose production it controlled. The mission for North British was to supply all of the grain whisky required for the growth of various blends, such as Usher’s Whisky and Vat 69. The distillery remained independent until 1993 when it joined the Diageo group.
This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.
The partnership between La Maison du Whisky and this malt specialist goes back to the early seventies. Initially La Maison du Whisky sold Gordon & MacPhail’s great classics. In the 1990s LDMW established its own cellars and launched a new collection called simply ‘Single Cask’. Every single malt in this range undergoes a rigorous selection process from a large number of samples. As its name suggests, Single Cask consists exclusively of single malts from a single cask that has been bottled without chill filtering. It is thus a separate range in its own right, and is presented in a special bottle selected by La Maison du Whisky with a label adapted from an existing Gordon & MacPhail model.
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