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History of Whisky Catto’s

James Catto is a truly legendary figure in the history of the development of Scotch whisky. He is considered one of the first creators of blended whisky.

It is believed that after the invention of distillation columns for the production of grain whisky in the 1830s, the first blended Scotch whisky was introduced in 1860, and James Catto at that time owned a thriving grocery business in the heart of Aberdeen. The proximity of Aberdeen to many Speyside and Highlands distilleries has turned it into an ideal place for the development of the art of blending Scotch whisky. Gathering samples of local whisky, James Catto carefully took samples, mixed and measured until he was sure that he could get the perfect blend.

By 1861, a year after the first blends were created, James brought his own blend to the market, which he called “James Catto’s Rare Old Scottish Highland Whisky”

In those days, Aberdeen was a thriving port, where many foreign ships called. James Catto’s store was extremely popular with foreign visitors and very quickly acquired an extensive clientele and a worthy reputation. James Catto’s school friends included the founders of the shipping companies P&O and White Star, as well as directors at Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line. With such a reach, Catto’s was soon featured on top ocean liners anchored in ports around the world.

So the brand grew in popularity. James Catto Blend has participated in many international wine and spirits exhibitions. He was awarded two prestigious gold medals – first in Paris in 1878, and then at the London International Exhibition in 1884.

From the earliest difficult days of its history, the brand of James Catto has perfected and in 1990 entered the portfolio of Inver House Distillers. In its best traditions, this blend is created by our blending master from our single malt alpine whisky and spacers, each of which brings something special to it. From the earliest days to this day, the Catto’s brand has remained truly international, with Canada, South America and Russia today as its main markets.