North Port Distillery was founded in 1830 as Townhead Distillery. The name was changed to Brechin in 1832 and to North Port in 1839.
The distillery was acquired by DCL in 1922 and supplied malt for the vast company’s blended whisky portfolio. North Port was upgraded in the 1970s only to fall victim to Scotch overproduction a decade later. The distillery was mothballed in 1983 but never reopened and buildings were successively demolished to make room for supermarket and parking. North Port appeared in Rare Malts series three times, the last time in October 1999. The 20 years old expression was distilled in 1979 and bottled unchill-filtered and at natural strength of 61.2% abv.
Nose: grassy, herbal and slightly fruity, pine resin, pencil shavings, apples, plums, hints of pepper and oak.
Palate: malty and grassy, breakfast cereals, cotton candy, caned pineapple, pepper, ginger and lingering oaky bitterness.
Finish: long, herbal, peppery and oaky.