William Cadenhead Ltd, Wine and Spirit
Merchants, was founded in 1842 and is
Scotland's oldest independent bottler.
The company was in the ownership of
the same family until it was taken over by J &
A Mitchell & Co.Ltd in 1972, the
proprietors of Springbank distillery.
J & A Mitchell & Co moved the the
Cadenhead main office and bottling
facilities to Campbeltown, close to the
Springbank Distillery and warehouses.
Today the name of Cadenhead is a
household name in the whisky world and
J & A Mitchell have expanded the
Cadenhead business whilst still keeping
the goals and traditional methods the
firm began with in 1842.
Colouring is never added to Cadenhead's
Single Malts nor are they subjected to
any filtering that might remove natural
constituents and spoil their flavours.
They offer three different ranges of of
whisky which are the Authentic
Collection, the Original Collection and
the Chairman's Stock.
The Authentic Collection whiskies are
bottled undiluted at their natural high
maturing strength and are not subject to
any artificial chemical processing. It
is uncommon for more than one cask of
any single whisky to be bottled at one
time. Their list therefore varies
constantly and no two bottlings, even of
whiskies of the same age and from the
same distillery are absolutely
identical. This contrasts with the
practice of many other firms which
attempt to obtain a uniformity by mixing
together the contents of many casks.
Original Collection whisky is bottled
from specially selected individual
casks. With the exception of the
addition of water, added to bring the
whisky to a drinking strength, it has
been bottled in its natural state. It
will have the unique flavour and aroma
of its individual cask.
The chairman has allowed Cadenhead to
purchase some parcels of his own private
stock of older aged whiskies which will
be bottled by Cadenhead gradually over a
number of years. Quantities will be very
limited and, of course, many will be
unrepeatable. This is a unique
opportunity to purchase what is truly a
William Cadenhead whisky can be found in
specialist whisky shops as well as in
their own shops throughout Europe
including Campbeltown, Edinburgh,
London, Cologne, Berlin, Odense,
Denmark, Baden, Krakow and Poland Milan.
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