The wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was on July 29, 1981 and the bottle shows the date of the marriage. Founded on the docks of Glasgow in 1844, Whyte & Mackay has remained true to itself and its founders James Whyte and Charles Mackay's pioneering spirit for over 160 years.
Today, when the traditional masculine values of pride, integrity and style are often forfeited in favour of profit, expediency and celebrity, Whyte & Mackay Blended Scotch Whisky remains the No.1 choice of Scots, who appreciate its rich, smooth flavour, achieved by maintaining the time-honoured Double Marriage Blending process, something that all Scotch whisky distillers did before accountants took over the world.
From Glasgow’s proud ship building traditions, to its achievements in the arts & crafts, sport and scientific invention, ‘Clyde built’ has long been synonymous with quality and authenticity. Whyte & Mackay is proud of its Glasgow roots and our famous “double lion” symbol, with us from the beginning and recognisable the world over, remains the sign of the very best in blended Scotch whisky.
By the late 19th century Glasgow was famous for its ship building, pioneering its craft all over the world. It was at this time that James Whyte and Charles Mackay began to marry the best whiskies of Scotland with the intention of creating the smoothest and most distinctive blend of scotch whisky
Most of Scotland was drinking cognac at the time and it was considered a bold move to invest in whisky, but Mr Whyte and Mr Mackay had the confidence to follow their beliefs. Taking over 35 specially selected malts, from the four whisky regions of Scotland, they blended them together to form a distinctive “Special” whisky.