There are only seven grain distilleries in Scotland, and the products of only three of them are bottled as singles. Not North British, the Edinburgh distillery, founded in 1885. This example of the make has a slightly pink flush to its pale gold colour, as if it might have been finished in a wine barrel. The nose is surprisingly mild for its strength and somewhat closed, with a hint of fresh peaches and a trace of liquorice. Water brings up butterscotch and an aroma reminiscent of outboard motors and fishing for mackerel from an old varnished boat. The flavour starts quite sweet and toffee-like, with a pleasant acidity and a medium length. Light-weight (as grain whisky should be) but interesting. Boiled sweeties in the development.