Whyte & Mackay
Founded on the docks of Glasgow in 1844, Whyte & Mackay has remained true to itself and its founders James Whyte and Charles Mackay's pioneering spirit for over 160 years.
Today, when the traditional masculine values of pride, integrity and style are often forfeited in favour of profit, expediency and celebrity,
Whyte & Mackay Blended Scotch Whisky remains the No.1 choice of Scots, who appreciate its rich, smooth flavour, achieved by maintaining the time-honoured Double Marriage Blending process, something that all Scotch whisky distillers did before accountants took over the world.
From Glasgow’s proud ship building traditions, to its achievements in the arts & crafts, sport and scientific invention, 'Clyde built' has long been synonymous with quality and authenticity. Whyte & Mackay is proud of its Glasgow roots and their famous 'double lion' symbol, with them from the beginning and recognisable the world over, remains the sign of the very best in blended Scotch whisky.
By the late 19th century Glasgow was famous for its ship building, pioneering its craft all over the world. It was at this time that James Whyte and Charles Mackay began to marry the best whiskies of Scotland with the intention of creating the smoothest and most distinctive blend of scotch whisky.
Most of Scotland was drinking cognac at the time and it was considered a bold move to invest in whisky, but Mr Whyte and Mr Mackay had the confidence to follow their beliefs. Taking over 35 specially selected malts, from the four whisky regions of Scotland, they blended them together to form a distinctive 'Special' whisky.
Double marraige: Working on the philosophy of'‘all good things come to those who wait', Whyte & Mackay used a double marriage process in the blending of their whisky, the same process that is still used to this very day.
Most distillers settle for one maturation, only Whyte & Mackay is double matured to ensure a beautifully balanced blend.
First, the single malts are 'married' together and held in sherry butts for several months. Then this 'vatted malt' is mixed with up to six different grain whiskies and returned to another set of sherry butts to mature until perfection.
This unique process not only guarantees a smooth, mellow and distinctive character but more importantly guarantees consistency, accounting for every drop of Whyte & Mackay tasting as good as the first.
Whilst their basic ingredients are simple – malted barley, yeast, pure spring water – it is their award winning Master Blender, Richard Paterson's skill and the care taken throughout the long period of double maturation that makes Whyte & Mackay 'Special'.
Double Lion Brand: Since the very beginning, the iconic symbol of Whyte & Mackay has been the double lions. By an act of the privy council in 1603, all in Scotland who had the name of Macgregor were compelled, on pain of death, to adopt another surname. During this time many of the Clan assumed the name Whyte.
As a mark of respect to the Macgregor/Whyte Clan, the founders of Whyte & Mackay took the lion from the Macgregor crest as their emblem. They then added to this the Lion Rampant of Scotland, evoking loyalty and strength to the heritage of Scotland.
In more recent years the double lions are also said to be a tribute to the double marriage process that makes Whyte & Mackay whisky so special and to its two founders.
Most distillers settle for one maturation, they insist on two.
Whyte & Mackay also believe you can't hurry love. At a point when most other distillers bottle their aged blends, Whyte & Mackay's Master Blender returns them to sherry casks to marry for another year to create a deep mellow smoothness.
Their selected 13, 19 and 22 year old blends are 'over aged' by this additional year to produce a new standard in the industry. What a difference a year makes.
Awards: Whyte & Mackay Master Blender Richard Paterson has worked with the company since 1970. Third generation in a family which has long been established within the Scotch Whisky industry, Richard started honing his craft from the age of 17, working as a general production assistant at a whisky blending and exporting company.
Having perfected the age-old double marriage process, Richard is no stranger to success and is regarded as one of the foremost whisky experts in the world.