Complete Guide to Scotch Whisky
Black & White Scotch Whisky
Diageo, Longmorn, Elgin,
Morayshire, IV30 8SL Scotland
Tel: +44 (0)1343 862100
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James Buchanan began his whisky career in 1879 as a London agent, but it didn't take long for this savvy businessman to venture out on his own. He soon produced Buchanan Blend which became relied upon by many for its consistency and quality. It was marketed in a black bottle with a white label and customers simply started referring to Buchanan Blend as "that black and white whisky". Before the name of the blend was officially changed, another name was introduced. James won a contract to supply the House of Commons with whisky, hence the short-lived, new name of Buchanan's House of Commons Scotch Whisky.

Although the name of the whisky had changed, it was still in a black bottle, it still portrayed the simple white label and customers still asked for the "black and white whisky". Buchanan - an animal lover - added the black Scottish terrier and the West Highland white terrier to the label and it was adopted as the brand's motif. It is still used today and is one of the world's most famous trademarks. Black & White Blended Scotch Whisky was first produced in 1884. It contains 60-65 percent grain whiskies including Port Dundas and Cameronbridge.

James Buchanan had earned his place among the most important people in the world of whisky - Dewar and Walker. Buchanan and Dewar merged companies in 1915. The following year, they became part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL) which had then become United Distillers & Vinters (UDV) in 1987. The brand is now owned by Diageo.


Black & White Blended Scotch Whisky

Tasting Comments: A clean, pleasant mild blend, Black & White has a fresh, grassy flavour, which is complemented by a light sweetness.

~Tasting Notes from Collins Pocket Reference

The Whisky Distilleries

Convalmore  Whisky DistilleryConvalmore Distillery
Located in Speyside (Dufftown), Convalmore Distillery contributed malt whisky
to the Buchanan/Black & White Blends. It was acquired by James Buchanan & Co Ltd
in 1906. There is no visitor center.

Glentauchers Whisky DistileryGlentauchers Distillery
Located in Highland (Speyside), it is used as a main component in Black & White.
The distillery does not produce many bottlings. There is no visitor center.