Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Whiskey Wednesday: Who Owns Your Whiskey - Edrington Group

In part 2 of our occasional series on who owns your whiskey, we present a brief profile of Edrington Group. Edrington is a British based spirits company which is focused almost entirely on Scotch.

Their profile includes the following:

Single Malt Scotch

Highland Park

Blended Scotch

Cutty Sark*
Famous Grouse

Other Spirits
Brugal Rum (Dominican Run)

*Cutty Sark is jointly owned with British wine merchant Berry Brothers & Rudd which also is jointly involved in marketing The Glenrothes.

While their protfolio is nowhere near the size of Diageos, they have some very well respected and top selling whiskies. Famous Grouse, a blended Scotch, is the best selling Scotch in Scotland; The Macallan is the third best selling single malt in the world [2006 figures]; and both The Macallan and Highland Park are among the most critically acclaimed malts in the world. Of late, the company has made a concerted push to increase the market share of The Glenrothes, another Speysider with a somewhat lighter and less sherried profile than Macallan.

There are many more companies out there, so I will continue to occasionally profile these corporations. Next week, however, we will take a break for something a bit more hedonistic.


Anonymous said...

Glenglassaugh is no longer owned by Edrington having been recently bought by the Glenglassaugh Distillery Company which is a new Scottish based company.
They are refurbishing the distillery and should be producing by the end of 2008.
Watch out for some new products coming.

sku said...

Thanks for the info. I will eagerly await some new Glenglassaugh in the coming years.