Duncan Taylor Overview – Scotch Whisky News



Purveyors of the world’s most exclusive range of Scotch Whiskies

“The most impressive merchant bottling portfolio we have ever seen.”
                           Overview of Duncan Taylor & Co Whiskies


Single cask, natural cask strength, all a minimum of 40 years, therefore some of the oldest whisky in the world today. Highly exclusive and yet great value compared with cost of distillery bottlings of same age.

Rarest of the Rare Collection

This range comprises of Single Malt, single cask  whiskies from distilleries now dismantled, never to replenish again, from all regions of Scotland.

Rare Auld Collection

Single Malt, single cask and Single Grain whiskies of outstanding quality from each of Scotland’s prime whisky producing regions. Each whisky is bottled naturally, without chill filtration or the addition of artificial colouring.

Premium Blends

These award-winning blends consist of a marriage of the finest Single Malt and Single Grain Scotch whiskies from select distilleries. Branded as a Rare Auld 38yo Blend and Black Bull Blends bottled at 12, 30 and 40 years of age.

Lonach Collection

A very mature stock at natural strength but instead of one cask, they are perhaps two of same age, same distillery married together, Single Malt but more than one cask. Lonach is the Highland Games meeting held annually in Royal Deeside, Scotland.

NC2 Range

These whiskies must demonstrate the exact character of the distillery and have an abundance of flavours. Every whisky bottled in the NC2 range is in it’s natural form without chill filtration or the addition of artificial colouring. Typically NC2 range is aged 10-16 years.


Our collection of youthful Single Malt whiskies, bottled between 6 and 10 years old. Battlehill is named after the famous 16th century clan battles in Huntly, Scotland.

Octave & Quarter Cask Range

These smaller casks allowing an exclusive 70 or 150 bottles to share with family, friends or business colleagues. Available for bottling under a private or corporate brand.

Brief History

Founded in 1938 and based in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, in Scotland’s largest whisky producing region, Duncan Taylor & Co is renowned for the quality and range of its casks of rare auld single malt and single grain scotch whiskies.

Originally based in Glasgow, Duncan Taylor & Co has ownership of one of the largest privately-held collections of rare Scotch whisky casks in the world. The company has been laying down casks from premium Scottish distilleries for decades and has, in recent years, made its branded products available to whisky connoisseurs throughout the world.

In 2002, the company was acquired from American owners by Euan Shand.

Upon acquisition, the business ceased brokering whisky casks to concentrate on producing its own brands of Scotch whiskies. The company’s fine casks can be found maturing throughout the whole of Scotland.


About Duncan Taylor & Co Independent Bottler

Duncan Taylor & Co is an Independent bottler, meaning they are not a distillery and do not produce whisky but bottle whisky under their own brand name. Independent bottlers tend not to concentrate on producing in bulk and rather concentrate on bottling single casks with the spirit at higher strength, and leaving the spirit natural without being chill filtered or coloured. These collection focus on premium and also some off-the-beaten-track distilleries, unique Single Malts that are bottled at different ages and strengths. Quite a unique experience.

Cask Selection and Gauging

A formal tasting of each cask sample is conducted with strict criteria for colour, nose, taste and finish. From this process only the finest casks are chosen to become Duncan Taylor & Co products. Casks are gauged  periodically during the maturation process.

Samples and Tasting Notes

Cask samples are regularly taken to ensure bottling takes place at the optimum time, demonstrating the best characteristics of the distillery. Detailed records show the warehouse location, distillery, cask number, year and strength.  Hundreds of samples are kept in our tasting room for reference, comparison and evaluation.

Bottling Facilities

With full UK Customs and Excise Bonded bottling and warehousing facilities, Duncan Taylor produces over 500,000 bottles of whisky a year. With an established design, marketing and production operation, the company not only bottles its own brands but provides contract bottling for a number of other distillery companies. Rigorous quality control procedures are in place to ensure that Duncan Taylor’s ethic of unrivalled quality continues to be integral to the high reputation enjoyed by the company’s award winning brands.

Shows and Tastings

Duncan Taylor attends many prestigious whisky events throughout the world in order to support our customers. In addition, we also often host private or professional tastings and carry out market support visits.


Duncan Taylor & Co products are stocked in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan,  Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela.

Recent Awards


Whisky Magazine, Icons of Whisky
Independent Bottler of the Year 2009
Whisky Magazine Independent Bottlers Challenge 2009
Overall – Lowland Independent Bottler of the Year
Gold – Lowland, Auchentoshan 1999
Gold – Island, Highland Park, 1991
Bronze – Lowland, Inverleven 1978
Bronze – Lowland, Campbeltown, Springbank 1969
Malt Advocate – Scoring regularly 90-95 points
Jim Murray’s World Whisky Awards 2010
Best Scotch Grain of the Year – North British 1978
International Wines & Spirits Competition 2008
Independence Trophy & Gold (Best in Class)
– Rare Auld Blended 38yo
Silver (Best in Class) – Cameronbridge 1979
Silver – Speyside, Glenlivet 1970
Silver – Highland, Ben Nevis 8yo
Scottish Field Whisky Challenge 2009
Blended Bottling of the Year – Black Bull 30 yo blend
Bronze, Overall Bottling – Black Bull 30yo blend
Scottish Field Whisky Challenge 2008
First Class – Lonach Caperdonich 33yo
Malt Maniacs Awards 2009
Non-Plus-Ultra Award 2009 & Gold– Glen Grant 1972
Silver – Glen Grant 1974
Silver – Glenrothes 1970
Silver – Carsebridge 1979
Bronze – Caol Ila 1982
Bronze – Bowmore 1998

“One of the most precious jewels in the crown of Scottish whisky.” – Dominic Roskrow, Whisky Magazine Independent Bottler Challenge Panel Chairman

Sláinte Mhath!


Gaelic  for  ‘Good Health’ , this phrase is commonly used  as a drinking toast in Scotland.  Scotch Whisky is a drink to be sipped and savoured.
For additional information about Duncan Taylor & Co products, please contact our sales staff at +44 (0) 1466 794055 or email at info@duncantaylor.com.

Duncan Taylor & Co Ltd
4 Upperkirkgate, Huntly,
Aberdeenshire, AB54 8JU Scotland
tel: +44 (0) 1466 794055 
fax: +44 (0) 1466 794618

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