Putachieside Profile

Blended Scotch Whisky

Putachieside blended Scotch whisky was first bottled in the early 20th century as a 12-year-old Liqueur (blend) at 75º proof (37.5% abv) before the 1972 takeover of Wm Cadenhead Ltd by J. & A. Mitchell Ltd.

Later bottlings, which contained a high proportion of malt, increased the proof to 40% or 43% abv depending on the market. A 25-year-old expression was introduced in the 1980s.

  • Production type
    Blended Scotch

Putachieside History

Putachieside was the area of Old Aberdeen in which Wm Cadenhead Ltd was established in the early Victorian era. Indeed, the labels for the Putachieside blend carry an evocative etching of the lost area, later known as Carnegie’s Brae, including the Wallace Tower. The area was eventually cleared through the construction of Union Street and later New Market Street in the 1840s.

The Putachieside blend was the brainchild of Robert Duthie, who took over Wm Cadenhead in 1904 and began to vat and blend malts.

In 1972 the company was bought by J. & A. Mitchell Ltd of Campbeltown and production of the brand was moved there until it was withdrawn in the late 1990s.


  • 1842 George Duncan establishes a vintner and broker in Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen
  • 1858 Duncan passes away, leaving his brother-in-law William Cadenhead in charge. The company's name is changed to reflect the new owner
  • 1904 Robert Duthie inherits the business and begins vatting malts together
  • 1972 Wm Cadenhead is acquired by J. & A. Mitchell of Campbeltown
  • 1990s The Putachieside blend is withdrawn from sale


Parent company

Current owner


Wm Cadenhead Limited
9 Bolgam Street
PA28 6HZ
United Kingdom
+44 1586 554258
Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public


See also

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    The Hielanman

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  • Springside Springside Springside Distillery


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  • Glen Scotia Glen Scotia Glen Scotia Distillery & brand

    Glen Scotia

    One of Scotland’s smallest distilleries.

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