A long-lost farm distillery, once sited between Musselburgh and Tranent.
Blackadder International Profile
Blackadder International is owned by Robin Tucek and run in partnership with his daughter, Hannah, out of Coulsdon, Surrey.
The company’s ideology is that ‘cask is king’ – an attitude which has informed the company’s practice of bottling primarily single cask whiskies at cask strength, with no colouring and minimal filtration. To this end the company has gone so far as to deliberately include cask deposits and sediment within the bottles for its Raw Cask range – a practice that has endeared it to enthusiasts over the years.
Other bottling ranges produced by Blackadder – of which there have been many – include Raw Cask Statement and Raw Cask Legendary; Peat Reek and Peat Reek Embers, a series of unnamed, heavily peated single malts, some of which are finished in wine casks; Smoking Islay, a series of unnamed Islay single malts at cask strength; Black Snake, a range of Sherry cask-finished malts bottled at cask strength; Red Snake, a series of Bourbon and rum cask-finished single malts bottled at cask strength; the Chimera range of blended malt whiskies; the Aberdeen Distillers collection of single malts bottled at 46%; Riverstown, a series of cask strength single cask single malts bottled mainly for the Osaka region of Japan; and The Clydesdale Original, single malts bottled at cask strength primarily for the Japanese market.
The company also produces the Blairfindy single malt brand.
Since its founding, Blackadder has played an important role in the popularisation of cask strength, single malt whiskies.
Blackadder International History
Blackadder was founded in 1995 by Robin Tucek and John Lamond, who had together published The Malt Whisky File: The Essential Guide for the Malt Whisky Connoisseur in 1987. The duo named their bottling company after the fugitive 17th century preacher John Blackadder, who evaded the authorities for seven years.
Blackadder’s Raw Cask series was launched in 2000, although the following year Lamond left the business.
Tucek’s daughter, Hannah, joined the company in 2005.
Distilleries & Brands
Blackadder International Limited
89A St James Road
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The brand owner, producer and distributor of a range of Scotch whiskies and gins.
Distiller & blender
An arm of Nikka Whisky Distilling Co.
Operator of Glendronach Distillery near Huntly, which is itself owned by BenRiach Distillery Co.