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North of Scotland 50 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
In whisky circles, it was thought that all the casks from North of Scotland were gone and spoken for. Yet, these very rare and very old bottlings are quietly being released on the Australian market. A now silent Lowland grain distillery that was also once also home to the Strathmore malt plant, North of Scotland was only active from 1957 to 1980. In its heyday it was considered one of the more flavoursome grain whiskies going around. Owner, George P. Christie made sure to include a higher than usual amount of congeners in the spirit cut. Its whiskies were found in many of today's internationally renowned brands like Chivas Regal, Ballantines and Teacher's to name but a few. The facility was sold for the last time in 1982 to Distillers Company Ltd. However, prior to that, it was producing large volumes of both grain and malt whisky. In 1957, George P Christie purchased Robert Knox’s Forth Brewery for £10,000 and quickly converted the building into a malt and grain operation. In 1958 North of Scotland started producing grain whisky from its three patent stills. Malt whisky was produced from copper stills on the same site under the name of 'Strathmore'. North of Scotland continued turning out grains until 1980, when Christie, then concerned with the over production of grain whisky, took the decision to close. The building is now used solely as a bonded warehouse by Diageo. As is typical for a grain, this edition was matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being bottled at 40.4%, apparently by a new generation of the Christie family. Collectable. Very limited stocks.