North British 17 Years Old 1997 – Single Grain Collection ~ 43% (Signatory)
43% ABV, £28 for 70cl
What they say:
Distilled in 1997 at Lothian Distillers Edinburgh-based North British Distillery and bottled 2014 by Signatory Vintage as part of their Single Grain Collection
What I say:
Dram #1 from WOLS 14/2 Types of Whisky. This 17 tear old from the North British grain distillery here in Edinburgh representing the Single Grain category.
Vanilla, esters (ripe bananas), oak wood, sweet honey, linseed oil
Masses of vanilla, Madagascan vanilla pods, vanilla custard, crème brulee, coconut, banana, grain (maize/corn?), dry white oak, freshly sawn lumber
Short, sweet oak
Would I buy it:
Most likely matured in American white oak/1st fill ex-bourbon casks, this single grain whisky is full of vanilla character and a little oaky wood, a little chemical nature of the grain whisky still comes through in the finish.