Black & White Choice Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (4 ratings)

alc./vol: 40%

Proof: 80°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

Launched in 1884 by a newly established whisky merchant called James Buchanan, this blended Scotch was originally called ‘The Buchanan’ blend, it was sold in a black bottle with a white label. Drinkers stopped asking for the whisky by name and started referring to it as ‘Black and White’.

James picked up on this and used it in the company’s first newspaper advert. The name change caught on and the ‘Black & White’ trademark was registered in 1904. The West Highland (white) and Scottish (black) terriers which have been used to promote the brand since the 1890s were also Buchanan’s idea.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 21/06/2014


Clear, pale golden amber.


Fudge, honey, crusty white baguette and ginger cake with faint cinnamon.


Light bodied and slightly sweet with white pepper spice, white baguette crust, dried fruit, ginger cake and mild cinnamon.


Baked apple pie, cinnamon and clove spice. Smooth, honeyed and easy.

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Product Information

Barcode UPC: 50196135
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap

More about Black & White

Produced by: Diageo United Kingdom
Owned by: Diageo plc
UK distribution by: Diageo Great Britain
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