Scotland: Whisky & Distilleries
Web site: http://www.dtcscotch.com/
Creation date: 1931
|Bowmore||1968, 37 years||1|
|Brora||Rare Auld Cask Strength 25 years||1|
|Bunnahabhain||Rare Auld 1968-2006||1|
|Cameronbridge||Selection "La maison du whisky"||1|
|Caperdonich||35 years Old. From Huntly to Paris||1|
|Glen-Grant||1969 (for Van Wees, Holland)||1|
|Battlehill||Caol-Ila||27 years, Battlehill||1|
|Dimensions||Craigellachie||Aged 21 years|
|Dimensions||Imperial||16 years old||9|
|From Huntly to Paris||Inverleven||Aged 30 years||1|
|Lonach||Bunnahabhain||Aged 40 years, Lonach|
|Lonach||Glenrothes||1969, aged 39 years||1|
|Octave||Bunnahabhain||25 years, Octave||1|
|Peerless||Bowmore||36 years, 1966-2002||1|
|Peerless||Bowmore||33 years, 1969||1|
|Peerless||Bowmore||1968, 34 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Ardbeg||Rare Auld Cask Strength 15 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Brora||Rare Auld Cask Strength 27 years||3|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Bunnahabhain||Rare Auld Cask Strength 38 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Cameronbridge||1979-2007, Rare Auld||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Caperdonich||Rare Auld Cask Strength 36 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Caperdonich||Rare Auld Cask Strength 38 years||2|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Caperdonich||Rare Auld Cask Strength 35 years, The Nectar bottling|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Carsebridge||Rare Auld Cask Strength 28 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Cragganmore||Rare Auld Cask Strength 18 years|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Dalmore||Rare Auld Cask Strength 18 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Glen-Grant||Rare Auld Cask Strength 36 years||2|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Glen-Moray||Rare Auld Cask Strength 36 years 1975-2011||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Glen-Moray||Rare Auld Cask Strength 36 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Glen-Scotia||Rare Auld Cask Strength 18 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Glenesk||Rare Auld Cask Strength 20 years||2|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Glenlivet||Rare Auld Cask Strength 22 years||2|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Glenlivet||Rare Auld Cask Strength 37 years|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Glentauchers||Rare Auld 1990||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Highland-Park||Specially selected for The Nectar Belgium||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Imperial||Rare Auld Cask Strength 19 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Inchgower||Rare Auld Cask Strength 37 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||North-British||Rare Auld Cask Strength 29 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Port-Dundas||Rare Auld Cask Strength 34 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Royal-Lochnagar||Rare Auld Cask Strength 22 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Strathclyde||Rare Auld Cask Strength 30 years|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Strathclyde||Rare Auld Cask Strength 35 years||1|
|Rare Auld Cask Strength||Tomatin||Rare Auld Cask Strength 1976||1|
|Rarest of the Rare||Banff||Rare of the Rarest 35 years|
|Rarest of the Rare||Glenburgie||Glencraig 33 years Rarest of the Rare||1|
|Rarest of the Rare||Glenlochy||Rarest of the Rare 26 years, #2454||1|
|Rarest of the Rare||Glenlochy||Rarest of the Rare 24 years, #2451||1|
|Rarest of the Rare||Glenugie||Rarest of the Rare, 25 years||1|
|Rarest of the Rare||Glenugie||Rarest of the Rare, 23 years||1|
|Rarest of the Rare||Glenury-Royal||Rarest of the Rare 22 years||1|
|Rarest of the Rare||North-Port||Rarest of the Rare 25 years||1|
|Rarest of the Rare||Port-Ellen||Rarest of the Rare 26 years|
|Rarest of the Rare||Port-Ellen||Rarest of the Rare 27 years||19|
|Taste Still Selection||Bowmore||Taste Still 1968 (from Duncan Taylor)||1|
|Whisky Galore||Aberlour||Whisky Galore 1989||4|
|Whisky Galore||Glen-Elgin||12 years||2|
|Whisky Galore||Glen-Garioch||Whisky Galore 15 years||3|
|Whisky Galore||Macduff||15 years||1|
|Whisky Galore||Mortlach||Whisky Galore 16 years, Cask Strength|
The Duncan Taylor company, whose head office is settled in the little town Huntly, in Aberdeenshire, not far from Keith, in the heart of Speyside, is one of the oldest to market single malt. Unlike other well known independent bottlers, like Douglas Laing for instance, Duncan Taylor had no long history in the blending industry before turning over (partially) on the single malt market.
From the very beginning in 1931, Duncan Taylor has mainly been active in the single malt business, and as such they may be considered as pioneers. Of course, the practices of the company have evolved during the years. Originally, Duncan Taylor was a whisky broker, and its mission was to facilitate whisky casks exchanges between actors of the industry: distilleries, blenders and independent bottlers. During all this years, Duncan Taylor has build up a unique collection of high quality casks from the best distilleries in Scotland. Their independent bottler activities are more recent, but they take advantage of their collection which contains many treasures, which now arrive on the market.
Marketing of bottles under their own label coincide with the move of the company from Glasgow to Huntly. A rather strict business plan, allying a strong brand image to the quality of the offered products was needed to help the company to find its place between the concurrence on that recent and promising independent bottling market.
The current policy of Duncan Taylor is not to select nice (filled) casks at the distilleries, but to select nice (empty) casks and to bring them to distilleries to fill them up, and to stay in the warehouses of the distilleries during the maturation process.
Distilleries seem to get more and more jealous of the success of independent bottlers, and would prefer marketing themselves products which are currently mainly the domain of the independents (single cask, small batches, cask strength, etc...), and would prefer not to see their name on the labels of independent bottlers anymore. Is this one of the reasons Duncan Taylor also produces blends, or bottles without any reference to the distillery, like "Auld Reekie", an Islay Malt (probably Caol Ila) or the recently marketed "The Big Smoke"?
"Whisky Galore", "Peerless", "Cask Strength Collection", "The Rarest of the Rare" are some of the brands of Duncan Taylor, corresponding to different market segments, and of course different price ranges.
Owning a nearly historic collection of old whisky casks brings Duncan Taylor sometimes in direct concurrence with the angels. Indeed, 30 or 40 years old casks contain sometimes whisky which does not deserve the name "whisky" anymore, as its alcohol percentage has fallen beneath the 40 legal %... instead of offering those (often excellent) casks for blending, Duncan Taylor has launched a special collection, called "Lonach Collection". Duncan Taylor mixes several casks of single malt from the same distillery, in order to get a product which deserves the name "Whisky" again, as it will be bottled at at least 40%, as legally required.
The bottling plant is situated behind the shop. Casks which are ready for bottling are brought back from the distilleries to the mini warehouse where they are bottled on quite a traditional way by the Duncan Taylor workers.
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