Scottish & Newcastle Profile

Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) operated its Scotch whisky business under the banner of Mackinlay-McPherson Ltd, which owned Glenallachie distillery on Speyside and Jura distillery on the eponymous Hebridean island. It also owned the historic Mackinlay blended Scotch brand, which was the ‘house’ blend across Scottish & Newcastle’s expansive estate of licensed premises.

Scottish & Newcastle History

Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd could trace its origins back to 1749, when William Younger began to brew beer in Edinburgh. The company was formed in 1960 by the merger of Scottish Brewers Ltd and Newcastle Breweries Ltd, and the following year it acquired the business of Charles Mackinlay & Company Ltd, an Edinburgh-based distilling and blending operation dating from 1815.

Mackinlay’s owned Jura distillery, which it had begun reconstructing in 1960, with the first spirit run taking place three years later. In 1962 Macinlay’s became part of Mackinlay-McPherson Ltd, which constructed Glenallachie distillery in 1967.

Mackinlay-McPherson Ltd came under the control of S&N subsidiary Waverley Vintners Ltd in 1974, and during 1985 Invergordon Distillers Ltd acquired the whisky interests of S&N. The brewer itself was purchased by a consortium of Carlsberg and Heineken in 2008 and the company was dismantled that same year.

Distilleries & Brands


Scottish & Newcastle Limited
3-4 Broadway Park
South Gyle Broadway
EH12 9JZ
United Kingdom

See also

  • Arthur Bell & Sons Arthur Bell & Sons Arthur Bell & Sons Blender

    Arthur Bell & Sons

    Once one of the great independent whisky producers of Scotland.

  • John Haig & Company John Haig & Company John Haig & Company Distiller & blender

    John Haig & Company

    Distilling dynasty best known for its early adoption of the patent still at Cameronbridge.

  • William Sanderson & Son William Sanderson & Son William Sanderson & Son Distiller & blender

    William Sanderson & Son

    Leith-based whisky blender most famous for its Vat 69 blend.

  • Bulloch Lade & Company Bulloch Lade & Company Bulloch Lade & Company Distiller & blender

    Bulloch Lade & Company

    An independent distiller and blender that once operated Caol Ila and Tamdhu distilleries.

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