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North British unveils 58-year-old Scotch whisky

Edinburgh-based North British Distillery has partnered with independent bottler Douglas Laing to launch a limited edition 58-year-old Scotch whisky.

North British 58 Year Old

The one-off bottling is limited to 222 bottles and was distilled in July 1960.

Bottled at 51.6% abv, the single grain expression is the first commercial release from North British Distillery.

The whisky has notes of 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.

Alan Kilpatrick, North British Distillery’s managing director, said: “As the 11th 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, added: “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 will be available in specialist retailers from November with an RRP of £1,700 (US$2,195).

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