White Horse (whisky)

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White Horse Scotch Whisky
White Horse
Type Scotch Whisky
Manufacturer Diageo
Introduced 1883
Proof (US) 40%

White Horse Scotch Whisky is a blended Scotch whisky from Edinburgh, first produced by James Logan Mackie in 1861.[1] In 2006, White Horse won blended whisky of the year in Murray's 2007 Whisky Bible.[2]


White Horse is a blended whisky, as opposed to the single malt style. White Horse is particularly noted for its use of the Lagavulin.[3]

Popular culture[edit]

  • During World War 2, White Horse scotch was provided to crews of the 467th Bombardment Group during mission debriefings.
  • White Horse is the brand of scotch preferred by Jackie Gleason's character Minnesota Fats in The Hustler (1961).
  • The late New York Yankee manager Joe McCarthy favored the White Horse brand of scotch. When he imbibed to excess he was said to be "riding the white horse".[4]
  • In his song "Beeswing," English musician Richard Thompson sings of a travelling woman who has "White Horse in her hip pocket, and a wolfhound at her feet".
  • In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the advertising slogan of White Horse Whisky was "you can take a white horse anywhere", accompanied by a white horse in various settings, such as a garden party.[5]


  1. ^ "White Horse Blended Scotch Whisky". scotchwhisky.net. 
  2. ^ Mercer, Chris (19 Dec 2006). "Diageo and co missing UK whisky gap". BeverageDaily.com. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  3. ^ "White Horse Scotch Whiskey". internetwines.com. 
  4. ^ Halberstam, D. "Summer of '49"
  5. ^ Rayner, Philip; Wall, Peter; Kruger, Stephen (2004-01-01). Media Studies: The Essential Resource. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780415291729. 

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