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Black & White Scotch Whisky: Brand History

Black & White was created by James Buchanan, a gregarious character and one of history’s great whisky barons.

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Originally called “The Buchanan Blend” and sold in a black and white bottle, “that black and white whisky” became "Black & White" in 1902. Buchanan wanted to offer a superior blend that would appeal to all. The result? A straightforward scotch that is smooth and accessible to guests of all tastes, making it a great introduction to whisky in any venue. The famous Scotch whisky is well received around the world, as far as India, South Africa and across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Black and White is smooth, light, fresh and spicy with smoky hints. It is pale gold in colour with sweet aromas of oak, biscuits with notes of sharp grain alcohol, and a touch of peat. A short finish with notes of vanilla, honey and oak.

Interesting Facts

  • Since the early days of Black & White, two Scottish Terriers have become iconic symbols of the brand. Black and White founder James Buchanan, an ardent dog lover, supposedly got the idea for the black and white terriers on his way home from a dog show.
  • The whiskies are matured in casks that started life as American burbon barrels or Spanich sherry butts and have previously been used to mature Scotch. This previous use ensures that thet casks gently mature the malts and grains, giving them a spicy, vanilla note without imparting powerful wood-derived flavours.

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