Founded by Andrew Dewar and William Rattray in 1868, A Dewar Rattray began trading as an importer of French wines, Italian spirits and olive oil. More importantly, however, the company also established itself as a specialist in the field of blending and storage of malt and grain whiskies.
The company is now owned by Mr Tim Morrison, previously of Morrison Bowmore Distillers and fourth generation descendent of Andrew Dewar. A Dewar Rattray Ltd's resurgence stems back to early 2004 when, using his extensive knowledge and expertise in the whisky industry, Mr Morrison bottled a selection of his own handpicked stock of whiskies for market release.
Today the company's principal purpose is to bottle unusual and exclusive casks of Scotch Whisky, with each one chosen to reflect the different styles of the six individual whisky regions of Scotland. Whether from Mr Morrison's own stock or independently sourced, only casks which are found to be of exceptional quality are bottled under the Dewar Rattray Cask Collection label and released into selected markets.
In addition, “Stronachie” - the company's own 12 year old single Highland malt - continues to form an integral part of A Dewar Rattray Ltd's product portfolio. Stronachie was a distillery that the company represented over 100years ago but which ceased operation back in 1928.
Today Stronachie 12 year old has been bottled to commemorate the fantastic whisky that once was. Dewar Rattray did not want to produce any ordinary Single Highland Malt. Instead it has recreated the style and flavours of 100 years ago. Historically Single Highland Malt whiskies from that era tended to have a peaty or earthy chraracter about them. This was generally down to the associated distillation techniques at the time. The label design includes an image of how the distillery looked during part of its lifetime.
A Dewar Rattray Ltd goes to great lengths to source casks of exclusive and unusual whiskies. If you have bulk whisky which you think may be of interest to A Dewar Rattray Ltd, please contact us with further details. Additionally if you are looking for an exclusive commemorative bottling or wish to purchase mature stock then let us know. The whiskies we release reflect the different styles and nuances that are evident from any one of the six individual whisky regions throughout Scotland and they have been bottled at their natural strength, colour and without any unnecessary chill-filtration. This of course only adds to the enjoyment of each and every last drop. Because of the nature behind the Single Casks, they are only available in extremely limited quantities, often no more than a couple of hundred bottles for each cask.