Scotland: Whisky & Distilleries
The distillery was founded
in 1885 by a group of businessmen. One of them was Adrew Usher, who was the first to market a blended whisky (mix
of malt whisky and grain whisky) in 1860. This first blend was sold under the name "Old vatted Glenlivet".
The distillery started operating in 1887. North British uses maize and also green malt for its production and was the first to use a Saladin Box for its malting in 1948.
North British is the last distillery in activity in Edimburgh and also the second largest grain distillery in Scotland, with its production of about 64 millions liters a year.
Besides the grain whisky production for the blended whisky market (J&B, Famous Grouse, Chivas Regal, Lang's, Isle of Skye et Cutty Sark and others) , North British also makes other grain spirits: gin and vodka.
In 1916, the distillery was converted in order to produce acetone from maize, but production was never reached.
North British also produces carbon dioxide for both food and nuclear industries.
until 1993, the distillery belonged to "North British Distillery Co Ltd". In 1993, "Lothian Distillers" was created as a joint-venture between IDV and Edrington, each owning 50% of the shares. IDV is now part of Diageo.
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