Tuesday, 27 September 2011


Antiquity, the true blue of the whiskies in India is the undisputed leader in the super premium whisky segment with 90 per cent market share. The brand has been growing at over 35% with the consumer perceiving the blend to be even better than 3 years old Scotches. The great news now is that "The best just got better"- with the introduction of Antiquity Blue, a premium variant, which is pegged to become the "Best Indian Whisky".

Antiquity Rare Premium Whisky
Size: 750ml ~ Alcohol: 42.8%

Antiquity is considered by connoisseurs to be the finest among all Indian whiskies and is called the 'True Blue' of Indian whiskies. It is a blend of the choicest Indian malt whiskies and very old Scotch, carefully married and aged for a subtle and light bodied flavour.
Varying proportion of selected Scottish vatted malt spirit, clean ENA and plain caramel are blended under close supervision and rigid quality control so as to impart smoothness and roundness to the product and to give overall mild and light characteristics to the blend.



Black DogThe birth of the great whisky took place almost 125 years ago when James McKinley from the second generations of the Leith Scotch-whisky blending family launched the masterful whisky by the name of Millard Black Dog. It is said that in the year 1883 Walter Millard, a Scot from British East India company came searching for the perfect Scotch and eventually discovered the great taste of whisky in these misty shores of Scotland. Today Black Dog is considered as a 100% genuine Scotch-whisky distilled, matured and blended in the lowland regions of Scotland. After more than 125 years every time-honored process is followed the same way to produce the impeccable blend of robust, yet smooth Scotch-whisky which is relished as an intricate fusion of delicate tones and soft aromas. Available in 2 enchanting blends - 12 Year Old Deluxe Scotch-whisky and 8 Year Old Centenary Scotch-whisky.

For 12 Year Old Deluxe Scotch-whisky, the Master blender guarantees a lavish finishing with a touch of cream. On the other hand the 8 Year Old Centenary Scotch-whisky comes with a promise of giving a balanced, long and intense finishing. 

Black Dog is a 100% genuine Scotch Whisky distilled, matured and blended in Scotland. A blend of many elegant whiskies drawn from Highland,
Speyside, Islay and lowland regions of Scotland, Black Dog captures the
essence of Scotland with its distinctive taste and flavor. The
masterful whisky is available in two enchanting blends, 12 Year Old
Deluxe Scotch Whisky and 8 Year Old Centenary Scotch Whisky. 

In 1883, Walter Millard, a Scot stationed in British India, traveled to
Scotland in search of a perfect Scotch Whisky to gratify his demanding
On the misty shores of
Scotland, his exploration finally yielded an impeccable blend, robust
yet smooth, an intricate fusion of delicate tones and soft aromas.
Created by James Mckinley, of the second generations of the Leith
Scotch Whisky blending family, this exquisite blend was christened by
Millard Black Dog. Thus was born a great whisky.
more than 125 years later, Black Dog remains faithful to its original
blend. Every ingredient and every time-honored process has been
retained the same way as James Mckinlay intended them.

The Black Dog - 12 Year Old Deluxe Scotch Whisky

Colour : Amber, with golden highlights
Aroma : Robust
malty, mellow woody, complex yet delicate aroma of sherry and vanilla
sweetness with whispers of soft peatiness in the background
Taste : Beautifully rounded, heavy body, pronounced malty, mellowy woody, fruity sweetness with teasing light warm peat
Finish : Luxurious and exciting, long and warm with a touch of cream

Other Range

The Black Dog - 8 Year Old Centenary Scotch Whisky

Colour : Amber, with golden highlights
Aroma : Aggressive
matured wood, toasted malt, mild honey sweetness, delicate butterscotch
bordering on cream & refreshing clove with floral nuances emerges
at the end
Taste : Robust
body, pronounced rich malt and oak, hint of dark chocolate, caramel and
sherry sweetness, warm, spreads in the mouth like silent sea waves
Finish : Balanced, long, intense and bright

Monday, 26 September 2011


Whyte & Mackay

Founded on the docks of Glasgow in 1844,Whyte & Mackay has retained its founders’ pioneering spirit for over 160 years.
Proud of its heritage, passionate about its history, its people and most of all its award winning Scotch

Our History

Whyte & Mackay's 'Double Lion' blend has its origins in the Glasgow firm of Allan & Poynter, founded in November 1843 by John Poynter, a successful chemical manufacturer, and William Allan, a ham curer. The firm was originally to warehouse dry goods for the grocery trade. In the course of time the business changed hands and the new owner, William Scott recruited two young men to help him in the business, James Whyte and Charles Mackay.
By the end of the 1870's the firm was warehousing more and more whisky as wine and spirit merchants sought a substitute for brandies made unavailable by phylloxera. When William Scott died his widow sold the business to James Whyte and Charles Mackay. One of the conditions of the sale was that they were not to use the name Allan & Poynter and the firm was renamed Whyte & Mackay. The young partners had no doubt that if they were to make a success of the venture they had to invest in whisky blending plant as soon as possible. It took two years to find and equip suitable premises in Robertson Lane, Glasgow. They received their first consignment of grain and malt whiskies and began blending to customers' orders. they later began blending on their own account for the export trade. No sooner had the partners taken this decision than whisky sales collapsed. They managed to weather the crises at the beginning of the 20th century, even expanding sales of their Whyte & Mackay whisky on the eve of the First World War.
In 1919 a limited company was formed and the indications are that the intention was to place the company on a care and maintenance basis until the future of the trade could be predicted with more certainty after the wartime depredations. Charles Mackay died in 1919 and John Whyte in 1921. For small concerns like Whyte & Mackay the going was rough in the 1920s and the firm was reconstructed in 1926 to reduce its capital stock levels. Trade began to pick up in the late 1920s with a resurgence of export orders, particularly from North America. This proved short-lived and assessments of the potential of the United States market after the end of prohibition were hopelessly optimistic. Eventually trade revived in the late 1930s with a growth in exports to Australia and New Zealand.
Again prospects were dimmed by the outbreak of war. It was not until the 1950's, under the direction of James Whyte's two sons, Hartley and Alex, that the recovery was sustained with a determined advertising campaign. With the end of voluntary rationing on the home market, Whyte & Mackay began to build its sales in the United Kingdom. In 1960 the company acquired Dalmore distillery in the north-east of Scotland and was renamed Dalmore, Whyte & Mackay. By 1965 Whyte & Mackay was the fifth most popular brand in Scotland. This achievement was followed by a successful redoubling of efforts in export markets.
The company became part of Sir Hugh Fraser's SUITS group in 1971. Two years later Tomintoul and Fettercairn distilleries were purchased. SUITS was acquired by Lonrho in 1981 and subsequently Whyte & Mackay was sold to Brent Walker in 1988 and then to American Brands (now Fortune Brands) in 1990. In 2001 Fortune Brands sold Whyte & Mackay to 'Kyndal' in a £200 million management buyout backed by German investment bank, WestLB. In February 2005, Vivien Immerman bought Whyte & Mackay from WestLB and embarked on a long term investment programme to ensure the continued international success of Whyte & Mackay. During 2006, in a dramatic display of confidence, Whyte & Mackay was relaunched with a new look inspired by its proud Glasgow heritage. The famous double lions rampant once more took centre stage, resuming their rightful place as iconic sybol of the brand and company. The new look incorporated a 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh' feel in tribute to Glasgow's stylish nature. The original Whyte & Mackay blend was renamed "SPECIAL", as it was at the very beginning of Whyte & Mackay. In addition, 13, 19 and 22 years old aged blends with an extra year of maturation were added to the brand's award winning range. Whyte & Mackay went "back to the future" to rediscover its proud Glasgow roots in stylish, masculine packaging which truly reflects the quality of scotch in the bottle.


Isle of Jura Distillery General Information
Current Owners click for detailsWhyte and Mackay Ltd
Location Jura
Water source Loch a Bhaille Mhargaidh (Market Loch)
Stills 2 x wash stills and 2 x spirit stills
Capacity per year 2,500,000 Litres
Status Active/Producing

The 1950's saw plans to reopen the Isle of Jura distillery. To solve the problem of work for the islanders estate owners Robin Fletcher and Mr Riley-Smith got together with former distiller and architect Delme Evans to design and build the new distillery which opened on 26th April 1963.
Isle of Jura distillery sign

Isle of Jura Distillery History
1810 Established
1875 James Ferguson & Sons acquire and renovate
1884 Reconstructed
1960-63 Reconstructed by Jura Distillery Co. Ltd (Mackinlay McPherson Ltd, part of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries)
1978 Stills increased from 2-4
1994 Whyte & Mackay
1996 JBB (Greater Europe)
2001 Owned by Whyte & Mackay

Jura's rugged landscape
The Isle of Jura's remoteness provides a romantic note for its visitors who are able to enjoy its natural beauty, scenery and wildlife and take part in walking, climbing and exploring. The distillery sponsors the annual Isle of Jura Fell Race.

Isle of Jura Distillery Comments
Illegal distilling probably dates back to 1600's on this remote island.
George Orwell wrote his famed novel "1984" on Jura, attracted there by the island's remoteness giving him the peace he needed to write.

The soft peaty water is good for making whisky and the very plain malt dried using warm air contributes to Jura's lighter and softer finish.
Walking on the remote west coast

Sunday, 25 September 2011


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