Whyte and Mackay Scotch Whisky in Golden Eagle by Beswick of Royal Doulton 1981 Decanter (5cl, 40%)
BWhyte and Mackay Scotch Whisky in the iconic for Beneagles brand Golden Eagle 50ml decanter remodelled in 1981 by J.G.Tongue (who modeled the original in 1969) for John Beswick Studio of Royal Doulton.
In the late 1970s Beneagles was one of the top 12 whisky brands in Scotland, they were sold to British Caledonian’s first class passengers.In 1993 Beneagles became part of Whyte & Mackay where the brand name now lies dormant.
James Whyte and Charles Mackay started their company in 1882, quickly launching their Whyte & Mackay special blend. Their sales were predominantly in the export market until after the second world war, when they renewed their focus domestically. The firm merged with the Mackenzie Brothers in 1960, giving them their first distillery, Dalmore. They soon added Tamnavulin, Fettercairn and the Invergordon grain distillery to their portfolio, all of which have been key contributors to their blends over the years. Whyte & Mackay have always been forward thinking in their approach, using sherry finishing for their proprietary blend, and introducing the first 40 fl oz bottle for the on-trade in 1963 (now an industry standard). Today the brand is synonymous with its master blender, Richard Paterson, and remains one of the most popular Scotch brands in the world.
Since it was first established in 1894 Beswick has become a famous English name associated with fine ceramic models and gifts. The Gold Street works in Longton Stoke-on-Trent produced a wealth of lifelike animal pieces including cats, dogs, farm animals and wildlife that were widely sold and collected by many. In 1969 the Beswick business was sold to Royal Doulton and production was continued until 2002 when manufacturing ceased and the Gold Street works was demolished in 2003. Beswick's wildlife decanters modeled for Beneagles Scotch Whisky are still highly sought-after by collectors from all over the world. In 2004 the Beswick name and product design rights were purchased and is now part of the Dartington Crystal group of brands.