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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

North Port Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Highland Distillery 1820-1983.

North Port Distillery,

Trinity Road,



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.

Founded in 1820 by the brothers David, John & Alexander Guthrie

Location Highlands

Water source Loch Lee  

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