Cadenhead is Scotland’s oldest independent bottler. The firm of William Cadenhead Limited, Wine and Spirit Merchants, was founded in 1842 and was in the ownership of the same family until it was taken over by the well known Campbeltown firm of J & A Mitchell & Co. Ltd who own Springbank Distillery. The premises were in Netherkirkgate in Aberdeen and although the street numbers were changed from time to time the premises were the same and indeed were almost unaltered during their 130 years of trading in Aberdeen.
Cadenhead believes, “it’s what is inside the bottle that counts.” The selection of casks is a massive part of that and they concentrate on it hugely. They own thousands of casks and are always buying more to have a wide variety to choose from for bottling now and also to lay down for future releases. The selection of casks is important to select high quality whisky with a varied range of ages, cask types and distillery styles. Cadenhead own casks from a large number of Scottish distilleries and many from other countries too.