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History and Heritage

White Horse can trace its history back to 1880 when James Logan Mackie founded whisky merchant James Logan Mackie & Co., which by 1884 held a stake in Islay distillery Lagavulin.

In 1890, Peter Mackie, James Mackie’s nephew, became a partner and changed the company’s name to Mackie & Co. Peter Mackie saw the potential of the international market for a high quality, blended whisky and proudly introduced White Horse to the world.

Mackie named the whisky after the White Horse Cellar Inn in Edinburgh, near to where the Mackie family lived and owned property. Established in 1742, the Inn was the starting point of the Edinburgh to London stagecoach and a place where friends were always welcome.

Since these humble beginnings, steeped in Scottish heritage, White Horse has grown in popularity around the world.

Interesting Facts

Flavour profile

White Horse has a full-bodied, peaty flavour and a warm after-taste. The whisky leaves hints of oak, smoke and toffee on the nose and has a finish that is long and slightly complex with notes of oak, spices and creamy vanilla.

Perfect Serve

Dose Calvinho

White Horse is best enjoyed as a small neat serve - complementing a round of beers with friends.

Other serves

White Horse & Sparkling Apple Juice