An export-only blend from the late-Victorian era that became ingrained in Glenmorangie plc’s DNA.
West Highland Profile
Blended Scotch Whisky
The West Highland blend was briefly produced and marketed in the 1970s and early ‘80s before being withdrawn, leaving its owner, Whigham’s of Ayr, to concentrate on its stablemate, Duart Castle. Its sales were largely in European export markets.
The NAS blend was also bottled as a 6- and 8-year-old blend, at 43% abv.
West Highland History
The famous Ayr-based wine merchant Whigham, Fergusson & Cunningham, which had roots dating back to 1766, split in two in 1968: Whigham Fergusson Ltd became a London-based business while the original company was re-registered as Whigham’s of Ayr.
The latter dabbled in whisky blending and had two brands, one of which was West Highland, the other Duart Castle. The latter became its main seller and by the early 1980s the West Highland brand had been withdrawn.
London-based wine merchant Corney & Barrow took over the business in 1994, ceasing its whisky activities and returning its operation to wine sales.
- 1766 The forerunner to Whigham’s of Ayr is established a a wine and spirit merchant
- 1970s The West Highland brand is introduced by Whigham’s of Ayr
- Early 1980s The West Highland brand is withdrawn
- 1994 Corney & Barrow acquires Whigham’s of Ayr, which stops trading in Scotch whisky
Purchasers of this blended Scotch could have their name inscribed on the label gratis.
Value blended Scotch whisky from one of Italy’s largest beverage distributors.
Standard Scotch blend created by the Tanist Bonding Company exclusively for sale in Italy.