A Alexander & Co Profile

Situated in Leith, A. Alexander & Co. was a renowned Scotch whisky blender. Its most famous blend was Dandie Dinmont, which was named after a breed of small, Scottish dog, one of which features on the label. 

A Alexander & Co History

Located just north of the city, Leith is the old maritime centre of Edinburgh. Following the First World War, the business was acquired by Charles Mackinlay & Co., which operated Glen Mhor distillery near Inverness, and went on to purchase the adjacent Glen Albyn distillery in 1920.

Throughout that time and into the mid-20th century, A. Alexander & Co. made its name blending whisky, its flagship brand being Dandie Dinmont. A. Alexander & Co. registered a trademark for the brand in the 1940s, and went on to sell the product in export markets.

Charles Mackinlay & Co. was sold to Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in 1961, and later to Invergordon Distillers, which became part of Whyte & Mackay.

Distilleries & Brands

Associated companies

  • Charles Mackinlay & Co (Current owner)

See also

  • Glen Albyn Glen Albyn Glen Albyn Distillery & brand

    Glen Albyn

    This Inverness malt distillery was a forerunner of innovation though sadly demolished in 1983.

  • Glen Mhor Glen Mhor Glen Mhor Distillery & brand

    Glen Mhor

    When it can be found, Glen Mhor is a punchy, meaty malt.

  • Highland Nectar Highland Nectar Highland Nectar Brand

    Highland Nectar

    One of the blended Scotch whiskies established by the DCL in the late Victorian era.

  • RH Thomson & Company Distillers RH Thomson & Company Distillers RH Thomson & Company Distillers Blender

    RH Thomson & Company Distillers

    A defunct whisky blender based in Leith, which once held the licence for Teaninich distillery.

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