Duncan Taylor

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Duncan Taylor Ltd
Limited company
Industry Beverages
Founded 1938 (Glasgow)
Headquarters Huntly, Scotland
Key people
Euan Shand (Chairman)
Moji Shand (CEO)
Products Alcoholic beverages: spirits
Number of employees
28 (2015)
Website www.duncantaylor.com

Duncan Taylor is an independent alcoholic beverages company. Based in Huntly, Scotland, it is one of a select few independent, family owned alcoholic beverages companies trading in the market today.

The company has become known globally for introducing innovative and trendsetting brands into the worldwide beverage market, some if which are: Black Bull (Scotch Whisky), Indian Summer, Smokin', The Octave, The Rarest, Tantalus.

Company Vision[edit]

The core vision, values and philosophy of Duncan Taylor are: ‘Never compromise on quality’, ‘innovation is key’, ‘strive to be sustainable’ and ‘support your stakeholders and community’. From sourcing materials, to production, through to sales, Duncan Taylor have consistently demonstrated this vision and stayed true to their values and philosophies in all areas of their business.


Duncan Taylor was founded in Glasgow in 1938 as a cask broker and trading company. Over the decades, the company built strong ties with distillers and distilleries over Scotland, with the company bringing their own casks to the distilleries to be filled with new make spirit. This resulted in a collection of exceptionally rare cask whiskies distilleries – many of which are now closed – which are still maturing in the Duncan Taylor warehouses today.

The company was acquired by Euan Shand in 2001, whose experience in the industry has included stints at the Glendronach distillery, William Teacher’s & Sons, and founding and running The Bennachie Whisky Company. Euan subsequently moved Duncan Taylor to his home town of Huntly, acquired a facility in the town which he converted to a bottling plant, and established Duncan Taylor as an independent bottling company.


Duncan Taylor has a wide and varied portfolio of brands. Including:


Another aspect of the vision to become sustainable is becoming more efficient in the production process. In 2014, Duncan Taylor relocated to a sustainable bottling plant which is designed to bring more efficiency into the production process. The bottling plant features a bottling line and warehouse with all areas of production carefully thought out, planned and designed to reduce wastage, increase efficiency, save costs, and improve economy. With the addition of a cooperage and new bottling plant, Duncan Taylor has created new jobs and is successfully investing in the local community.


Some Duncan Taylor & Co brands have received awards in various editions of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.[citation needed]

A North British 1978, cask Q247, 54.7% abv from the Rare Auld range received a "Liquid Gold Award" in the 2010 Whisky Bible (awards are granted to any whiskies which score 94 or above out of a maximum 100 points).[citation needed] The single cask grain whisky was also rated "Scotch Grain of the Year".[citation needed]

Based on ratings by blind tasting panels, Duncan Taylor & Co was awarded the "Independent Bottlers of Year" award from Whisky Magazine[1] in 2006 (Highlands, Lowlands & Blended categories),[1] 2007 (Lowlands),[2] 2008 (Lowlands),[3] and 2011 (Islay).[4]


  1. ^ a b "Independent Bottlers Challenge 2006". Whisky Magazine. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Independent Bottlers Challenge 2007". Whisky Magazine. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Independent Bottlers Challenge 2008". Whisky Magazine. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Independent Bottlers Challenge 2011". Whisky Magazine. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 

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