North British Distillery was established in 1885 in Edinburgh by Andrew Usher, William Sanderson and John M. Crabbie.
Since 1993 the distillery has been owned by Lothian Distillers, a joint venture between Diageo and The Edrington Group (owners of Macallan and Highland Park distilleries) with each company holding 50% of shares. North British produces 65 million liters of spirit per annum with main distilling grain being corn. Almost entire distillery output ends up in popular blends with just a handful of casks finding their way to independent bottlers. The Incorporation Edition is the first ever commercial bottling of North British single grain whisky released in collaboration with Douglas Laing & Co. The whisky was distilled in July 1960 and matured in single hogshead for long 58 years. Bottled at natural strength of 51.6% abv in 2018 to celebrate the distillery incorporation on October 24, 1885. Only 222 bottles were released, each of which signed and individually numbered by Alan Kilpatrick, the distillery’s managing director, and accompanied by a stitched booklet.
The official tasting notes suggest “the resulting spirit shows butterscotch, caramelized pineapple and coconut on the nose, with palate full of toasted oak, cinnamon and cloves, leading to spiced toffee and molasses finish”.