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North British 58 Year Old 1960 Incorporation Edition


24th October 2018
North British 58 Year Old 1960 vintage limited edition is the first commercial bottling from the distillery since its incorporation in 1885.

North British 58 Year Old 1960 Incorporation EditionThe North British Distillery which was incorporated on this very day, October 24th, in 1885, has joined forces with Scotch Whisky specialist Douglas Laing & Co to release a one-off 58 year old limited edition of only 222 bottles, distilled in July 1960.

Remarkably even after 133 years since the incorporation of the Scotch grain whisky distillery this limited edition 1960 vintage release is the first ever commercial release from North British and they tell me that they have ensured that the cask they have selected is nothing short of exceptional.

The 58 year old single cask single grain Scotch Whisky was bottled at its natural cask strength of 51.6% ABV, without colouring or chill-filtration and after nearly six decades resting in its hogshead, they tell me that the resulting spirit shows butterscotch, caramelised pineapple and coconut on the nose, with a palate full of toasted oak, cinnamon and cloves; leading to a spiced toffee and molasses finish.

As you would expect for such a rare expression, the North British 58 Year Old 1960 Incorporation Edition is presented in premium packaging including its weighty hand-made oak casket which has been carefully crafted to reflect the quality, rarity and age of the whisky. Each bottle is accompanied by a stitched booklet which has been hand signed and individually numbered by Alan Kilpatrick, the distillery’s Managing Director.

He comments: "As the eleventh Managing Director, it is my great honour and privilege to release this single cask, our first ever commercial bottling. It was distilled in 1960 on the same Edinburgh site as the company commenced production in 1885 and still does to this day."

Fred Laing, Chairman at Douglas Laing, adds: "We are excited to be working with North British on such a special release. As a family, we have long been single grain enthusiasts and as a business, we have equally been long term proponents of the single grain category - the fit is ideal. Handling the sales and marketing for such an exceptional spirit is both an honour and a great personal pleasure, such is its quality.”

The North British 58-Year-Old (70cl) has a RRP of £1,700 and will be available from November from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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