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Cameron McGeachy
*General Manager

United Kingdom

Barrel Head

Years of operation

Barrel Head

Owner/Head(s) of Whisky

Barrel Head

Country of Business

Cadenhead's is a renowned whisky company with a rich history dating back to 1842 when it was founded as William Cadenhead Limited, a Wine and Spirit Merchants firm in Aberdeen, Scotland. Originally, it was established by George Duncan, who was later joined by his brother-in-law William Cadenhead. The company's name changed to Cadenhead when William Cadenhead took over in 1858.

Notably, William Cadenhead was not only known for his wine and spirits business but also for his prolific career as a local poet during the Victorian era. Following his passing in 1904, his nephew Robert W. Duthie took over the business and expanded it, focusing on single malt Scotch whisky and Demerara Rum. The company gained popularity for its "By test the Best" slogan and introduced brand whiskies like Putachieside and The Hielanman.

In 1931, Robert Duthie's unfortunate accident led to Miss Ann Oliver taking charge of the business, running it successfully for years. However, by the early 1960s, the company faced financial difficulties, leading to its eventual sale.

In 1972, the entire stock of Cadenhead's was sold in a monumental two-day auction. The goodwill and premises were acquired by J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd, the owners of Springbank Distillery, marking the modern era of Cadenhead. Today, Cadenhead is a well-known name in the whisky industry, with shops in Campbeltown, Edinburgh, and London, continuing its legacy and traditional ethos while expanding its presence in the world of whisky.

-Written (Mostly) by Robots-

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