Established in 1938, Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Limited is a specialist independent whisky merchant with one of the largest privately-held collections of aged single malt and single grain Scotch whisky casks. Today, the company releases these prized spirits via an impressive range of award winning product brands, all bottled at its headquarters in Huntly.
Duncan Taylor & Co.
The family owned Scotch Whisky specialist, Duncan Taylor, was officially registered as a cask broker and trading company on the 27th of May 1938, at the business address of 20 Renfield Street, in Glasgow, Scotland, with whisky making roots dating back to 1864.
Building a Legacy
In the 1960s, the late Abe Rosenberg who was a native New Yorker and made his fortune importing J&B Scotch to America just after World War II, bought the Scottish-owned Duncan Taylor and began storing casks that he purchased from premium distilleries.
Although blends were Rosenberg’s business, the premium single malts and single grains that went into those blends were his passion.
Throughout the years, Rosenberg amassed more than 4,500 casks into the Duncan Taylor portfolio, many of which remain within the company’s collection to date.
Eight years after Rosenberg’s death, in 1994, whisky merchant Euan Shand returned Duncan Taylor to Scottish hands when he acquired the company and its former owner’s collection of single malts, single grains as well as aged blended whiskies.
Under Euan’s ownership, the company has grown into a global enterprise, with international presence in more than 60 countries and decorated brands with prestigious awards from around the world.
The Rise of Black Bull
With the company came the rights to Black Bull, an historic brand of premium blended Scotch that dates back to 1864. Pre-prohibition, Black Bull had once been one of the largest blended whiskies imported into the US, but was one of the victims of a dry America. Euan has re-energised the Black Bull brand with the release of new expresssions every year since 2009.
Black Bull's accolades include the 2008 IWSC Trophy award given to Black Bull 12 Year Old for Best Blended Scotch Whisky category, Gold Award at the 2011 IWSC for Black Bull 12 Year Old, Double Gold Award at the 2016 China Wine and Spirits Awards for Black Bull 21 Year Old and Black Bull 12 Year Old, The Best Scotch Blended Limited Release at the 2017 World Whiskies Awards for Black Bull 40 Year Old and The Best Scotch Blended Limited release at the 2019 World Whiskies Awards for Black Bull 10 Year Old in Rum Finish (to name a few).
Today, the company sits on the periphery of Speyside, in the heart of scenic Huntly, Scotland, and it continues to lay down premium casks from various distilleries around the world, brokers casks, artistically stores and matures casks, blends and bottles for the global scotch whisky market.
Celebrating 80 Years
More than 80 years after the company was first registered, Duncan Taylor is recognized on the global stage as one of the most innovative and dynamic whisky companies and it has continued to act as a reputable whisky merchant, blender, bottler and cask broker.
The multi award winning company has built a reputation for its ownership of one of the largest privately held collections of some of the world’s most sought after vintage and rare whiskies known.
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