The Great Pioneer
James Catto is a legendary figure in the development of the Scotch Whisky industry, being credited as one of the very first whisky blenders, when he launched Catto's Rare Old Scottish Highland Scotch in 1861.
In those days, Aberdeen was a thriving port with many foreign ships calling into the city. James Catto's shop was very popular with international visitors and quickly gained a reputation and a large clientele. Also thanks to his connections with the founders of P&O and White Star shipping lines, Catto's soon became famous all over the world, travelling in style as the preferred choice aboard the glamorous cruise liners of the golden age of ocean travel.
To this day, Catto's Rare Old Scottish remains true to its original recipe of the finest malt and grain whiskies. The result is a smooth and timeless dram that continues to be celebrated around the world.
- 19th Century
James Catto born in Aberdeen.
James Catto opens a tea and spirit merchant in Aberdeen and sells his blend.
James Catto's son, Robert is born.
The warehouse moves to 21 Adelphi, just off Union Street. Headed paper from this address shows the company logo.
The growing reputation of Catto's Rare Old Highland Scotch, saw it entered into the wine & spirit competition at the 1878 World's Fair in Paris, where a prestigious gold medal was awarded.
Further success followed at the London International Exhibition in 1884, where Catto's Scotch received a further gold medal.
- 20th Century
James Catto becomes a Limited Company.
James Catto dies, aged 79.
Robert Catto is killed in France, during WW1.
James Catto & Company Ltd. was incorporated with a share capital of £10,000. Other shareholders were Corney & Barrow and W&A Gilbey.
An antique bottle from the 1930's of Catto's Extra Special Liqueur Blended Scotch Whisky.
After WW2 Gibley's bought out Corney & Barrow and the company became a wholly owned subsidiary.
W&A Gibley and United Wine Traders merge to form International Distillers and Vinters Ltd.
Catto's Gold Label and 12 Year Old blends launch in the US with distributor, Victor Finshel & Co.
Antique bottle of Catto's Rare Old Scottish Highland.
Vintage pack shot
Inver House Distillers Ltd. purchase James Catto and Co from IDV Ltd.
Vintage pack shot
Catto's new brand identity starts to take shape.
- The Journey Continues...
The Art of Blending
The proximity of the Speyside and Highland regions to Aberdeen has historically had a huge influence on the taste profile of Catto's blended Scotch whisky. Highland malts are characteristically smooth, aromatic and floral, while Speyside malts are more delicate, fruity and sweet. As there is a very high malt content in Catto's Rare Old Scottish it is no surprise these smooth fruity characteristics exude from the final blend.
Malting & Milling
Mashing & Fermentation
Mr James Catto
launches his business in
Aberdeen, Scotland, crafting
one of the first and finest
Scottish whisky blends.
With connections to the
founders of P&O and
White Star Shipping Lines,
the Catto's blend is taken
around the world for
Over 150 years later, our blend
is renowned throughout the
world and is as meticulously
refined and blended as ever.
From our glorious journey
to yours... Kind Regards