Modern group created to build and operate Glasgow’s first distillery for over 100 years.
MacDuff International Profile
Glasgow-based whisky blender and bottler MacDuff International (Scotch Whisky) Ltd is a modern Scotch company with three core historical brands: Grand Macnish, Lauder’s, and Islay Mist.
Grand Macnish was originally created by Robert Macnish in 1863 with the aim of being a lighter, smoother blend than those of its contemporaries. Today, there are five different expressions released under the brand name, including blends aged in ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks.
Lauder’s whisky has changed very little since its conception in 1834; it is a blend of Highland, Lowland, and Speyside malts.
Islay Mist was created in 1922 to celebrate the 21st birthday of Lord Margadale. It was thought that the requested cases of Laphroaig may be too heavy for all of the guests’ tastes, so this unique blend of Laphroaig, Speyside malts, and grain whisky was born.
Alongside its three core brands, initially purchased at its outset, MacDuff International owns several brands of its own creation, including Strathbeag, Cumbrae Castle, Regent, and Glenbeg.
MacDuff International History
MacDuff International was founded by Stewart MacDuff, Charles Murray, and Edward Thomson in 1992. The trio had a combined wealth of experience in the spirits industry with MacDuff and Thomson previously working for Whyte & Mackay, while Murray worked with Johnnie Walker owner United Distillers. The three established MacDuff International with the aim of producing high quality blended whiskies, and did so by first acquiring three brands from Allied Distillers: Grand Macnish, Lauder’s, and Islay Mist.
The brands had been largely unloved, with the Scotch industry having recently struggled through a period of oversupply. However Macduff invested in growing visibility for the brands, and by 2000 was trading in over 30 countries.
After 19 years under the trio’s leadership, the company was purchased by a private investor in 2011.
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