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North British Distillery Centenary 1885 - 1985

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North British Distillery Centenary 1885 - 1985

Postby jmrl » Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:44 pm

Re-read this in preperation for a visit to the distillery and found it to be a well written unsentimental look at the distillery. I don't know if it was commissioned by the company, a consortium of whisky companies, as gifts but I don't believe it was ever sold. Edinburgh's second hand bookshop is probably the most likely place to find it. There was another earlier publication and perhaps even a third, I'm sure Ian Buxton will let us know. As far as I know grain whisky documentation is thin on the ground although a recent book/booklet on Cambus entitled not a headache in a agallon 200 years of distilling (or something very similar) seemes to have sold out its initial print run .any advice about tracking a copy down would be most appreciated.
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Re: North British Distillery Centenary 1885 - 1985

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:22 pm

Hi Mark
it looks like Wordpower Books have it
http://www.word-power.co.uk/books/not-a-headache-in-a-gallon-I9780954728632/

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Re: North British Distillery Centenary 1885 - 1985

Postby jmrl » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:37 pm

Cheers Willie, I already contacted these guys but they couldn't help, perhaps they got a delivery. you're strangely coherent, I thought you were at whisky Fringe today.
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Re: North British Distillery Centenary 1885 - 1985

Postby Ian Buxton » Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:57 pm

Hi
Yes, there are 3 North British books, all commissioned by the company. The 1985 (by Leslie Gardiner) is the most recent (a little bird tells me they still have some at the distillery!); then there was one in 1960 and a very nice and rare one from 1935 - all anniversaries of the distillery.
The 1935 one has lovely illustrations which makes it very special for that period and of grain distilling. It's hard to find and expensive (often over £100).
Last time I looked the NB website had PDF scans of these books available.

I was at Whisky Fringe. It was very lively.

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Re: North British Distillery Centenary 1885 - 1985

Postby John McGill » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:40 pm

Ian Buxton wrote:Last time I looked the NB website had PDF scans of these books available.
Ian


The PDF scans are downloadable from the "History Downloads" sections but the first link appears to be broken.

http://www.northbritish.co.uk/history/content.asp?ID=26

To quote the website:
There have been three books written on the History of The North British Distillery Co Ltd. These books have been scanned and converted into pdf format. The first download is for the First 50 Years of the company and the second is for 75 Years and thridly the is the Centenary book.
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Re: North British Distillery Centenary 1885 - 1985

Postby John McGill » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:45 pm

The first 50 years book can be downloaded from the following URL:

http://www.northbritish.co.uk/history/files/nbd50.pdf
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