North of Scotland 1966 39 Years Old Single Grain Whisky by Clan Denny

North of Scotland 1966 39 Years Old Single Grain Whisky by Clan Denny

$995 AUD

44.4% 70cl

This is from cask HH2240. Again painfully scarce from a short-lived distillery with a brief but absorbing history.

Fill is into the neck. Comes with original packaging.

Tasting Notes

There is a lovely combination of vanilla, oak, cereal grains, dried fruit (especially sultanas and candied lemon peel) and coconut. On the palate this feels creamy, smooth and mellow. The cereal grains are more prominent and give a slight bitter edge to the other sweeter elements - vanilla, honey, dried fruit (think more of candied orange peel this time, rather than the lemon of the nose). There is also a woody note that adds a spicy edge to the palate (think of a wood spice like cinnamon, some ginger and the oak from the nose). This again balances with the bitter and sweeter notes well. Upon adding a drop of water, the whisky becomes more woody and feels thinner and less pleasant. The finish is long, creamy and lingering with plenty of sweet vanilla, cereals and the woody spiciness.


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North of Scotland/Strathmore Distillery

A grain whisky distillery with a brief but colourful history, whose location near Alloa, in the Scottish industrial belt, was far from being anywhere near the North of Scotland! However, it recalled a distillery of that name which existed near Aberdeen and was destroyed by fire in the late 19th century, but clearly before Alfred Barnard made his famous sojourn in the late 1880’s.

This was the initiative of George Christie, a whisky entrepreneur of some note, who acquired Knox’s brewery in 1957 and proceeded to turn it into a distillery. It started out as a malt whisky distillery by the name of Strathmore, but using patent stills. That curious experiment lasted about a year and in January 1960 production was switched exclusively to grain whisky. There is rumoured to be a couple of bottles of Strathmore malt still in existence, but seekers should be careful not to confuse it with a blend of the same name which was marketed for a while by a subsidiary company.

Due to the general over-supply situation in the industry North of Scotland closed in 1980 and was sold to DCL in 1982. The stills and equipment were removed and transferred to other distilleries, including nearby Cambus, which also belonged to DCL. The buildings remain as bonded warehouses for Diageo.