Archive NORTH BRITISH 53 year old 1961

NORTH BRITISH 53 year old 1961 51,8%

Single Grain, Scotland / The Lowlands, 70cl, Ref: 19451

Established in 1885 by Andrew Usher, William Sanderson and John M Crabbie, the North British is the last remaining working distillery in Edinburgh. Having reached the 50-year mark some time ago, the more this version is aerated, the more it conjures up new aromatic and flavour sensations. Only the greatest of whiskies can achieve this feat. Thank you, Fred Laing, for giving us the opportunity to taste such a whisky

Single Cask #DL10708 - Refill Butt Limited edition of 30 bottles for France Profile: a remarkably deep initial nose. Original, it wavers between the Orient, with its spices, and Scotland, with its grassy hills and heather-covered moors.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : burnished gold with orange tinges.
  • Nose : refined, smooth. The initial nose has plenty of character with a perfect balance of fruit, malted barley, beeswax, and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg). It then gently develops into fruity and herbaceous tones (moss, lichen) – proof of its great maturity. It lingers with notes of citrus fruit (lemon, orange).
  • Palate : lively and yet serene. Dark chocolate forms the backbone, giving the whisky a remarkable voluptuous, mouth-watering bitterness. Malted barley takes root in freshly turned soil, while abundant fresh fruit (apple, Mirabelle plums, greengage plums, pear) evokes abundant harvests. Once aerated, it becomes honeyed and floral (lilac, lily of the valley).
  • Overall : long, mellow. Initially, coconut milk and a handful of red fruit (strawberry, raspberry) cover the palate. The finish has a lovely fresh feeling that is accentuated by fruit cordials (pineapple, clementine). The retro-olfaction is characterised by notes of tobacco and liquorice. You can then contemplate the empty glass while breathing in its bouquet of mixed flowers.
The brand

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.



Established in Glasgow in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing, the Douglas Lang company has, in recent years, made numerous changes to its structure. Fred Laing’s movement to the head of the company has contributed towards the business’s sound reputation. Known throughout the industry for the quality and variety of its cask selection (Douglas Laing still has casks from the most prestigious distilleries: Glenfarclas, Talisker, Ardbeg, etc.), the company has expanded its already rich range that includes historic selections such as Double Barrel, Premier Barrel and Director’s Cut, with two new collections guaranteed to please connoisseurs: Single Minded and Old Particular.

The line

Xtra Old Particular est une gamme de single malts et de single grains écossais de plus de 18 ans. Les fûts sont sélectionnés avec soin puis embouteillés en tant que single cask à leur degré naturel et sans filtration à froid. Chaque embouteillage est une découverte de ce que l’Ecosse peut offrir de plus  extraordinaire..
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