North British 20 Year Old / 1996 / Berry Bros & Rudd / Cask 224754 / 54.8% / 70cl
This distillery has been distilling quality grain since 1885 with the first spirit coming off the stills around 1887.
Its outturn is quite staggering with over 2 billion ltr of spirit coming off the stills by 2015 consider the outturn of the average distillery being a few million litres you can see the scale of the operation.
The quality and consistency of the distillate is always very high with some amazing vintages over the years.
Nose: Some early signs of caramel and spices come to the front of the nose, a little creamy vanilla and crisp wafer, soft latte notes with hints of cinnamon.
Palate: An opening salvo of caramel sauce over fresh corned Cornish ice cream, white chocolate covered raisins and almonds. Some soft nutty notes, apricots and mashed
banana add in a superb fruity note. A great full bodied finish with a hint of cherry blossom wraps this grain up nicely.