North Port Single Malt Scotch Whisky Highland Distillery 1820-1983.

Founded in 1820 by the brothers David, John & Alexander Guthrie
Location Highlands
Water source Loch Lee
Now Demolished.

North Port Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes

Nose: Light, grassy and gently smoked.

Palate: Light to medium bodied. Quite hot, dried fruits and vanilla oak.

Finish: Dry with a touch of vanilla.

North Port Distillery,

Trinity Road,
Now Demolished 

North Port Distillery History

The North Port Distillery has also been known as Brechin, and Townhead The distillery was located in the town of Brechin, on the east coast of Scotland, close to the Brechin City football ground on Trinity Road,

It was built in 1820 as 'Townhead' by three brothers David, John & Alexander Guthrie who were local farmers.

The distillery was renamed Brechin in 1823 and two years later the distillery was being operated by a partnership Guthrie, Martin & Co. The name was changed to North Port in 1839.

Guthrie, Martin & Co. became a limited company in 1893.

The distillery was closed during WWI and sold to DCL and W. H. Holt & Co in 1922. Who at some point (1928?) passed the distillery to SMD. They operated the distillery under a licence by Mitchell Brothers of Glasgow.

Lochside was closed 1928 to 1937 then again the forced closure for WWII. It re-opened in 1948,

North Port was one of the distilleries that didn't survive the 1983-85 period, the market at the time was suffering from over capacity and around a dozen single malt distilleries were closed. North Port was mothballed in 1983

In 1990 the site of the distillery was sold for property development, which now hosts a Safeways supermarket

The whisky produced was a contributor to the vatted malt Glen Dew and the Heather Dew blends.

North Port Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings
Brechin 1977
North Port 23 Year Old 1971 Rare Malts Selection
North Port 19 Year Old 1979 Rare Malts Selection
North Port 19 Year Old 1979 Rare Malts Selection

North Port Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Independent Bottlings
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),
Duncan Taylor,
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
Private Cellar (Speyside Distillers)
Rarest of the rare (Duncan Taylor),
Scotts Selection (Speyside Distillers)
Un-Chill Filtered (Signatory).

North Port Single Malt Scotch Whisky 20 year old 1979 - 61.2%vol 70cl Rare Malts Selection
Colour: Pale Gold

The dry grassy nose, light medium body, hints of tropical fruit on the toasty palate and brisk, dry finish

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