Cutty Sark leaves Edrington and joins La Martiniquaise-Bardinet

The well-known Scottish whisky brand was sold to the owner of Glen Moray

In June Edrington announced their plans to sell the whisky brand Cutty Sark and the Glenturret Distillery (we reported here). They want to streamline the portfolio and focus on their premium brands like Macallan and Highland Park. Today Edrington published the news that they sold Cutty Sark to the French group La Martiniquaise-Bardinet. The price for the transaction is not mentioned.

La Martiniquaise-Bardinet was founded in 1934, is based near Paris and operates in more than 100 countries worldwide. Whiskyfans know the company as being the owner of Glen Moray. La Martiniquaise-Bardinet also owns the new and modern grain distillery Starlow and with Label 5 and Sir Edward’s they already have two Scotch Blended Whiskies in their portfolio. Jean-Pierre Cayard, President of La Martiniquaise-Bardinet, said: “This acquisition is a major step forward to accelerate our international expansion. It will further strengthen our position in Europe and boost our presence in key markets such as the US and Japan. With Cutty Sark, we consolidate our position in Scotch whisky, entering in the world’s top five groups”.

Cutty Sark was founded in 1923. Since the 1930s Edrington has had strong ties with the blended whisky until they finally bought it in 2010 from its owner Berry Bros. & Rudd. During a period of transition Edrington will povide blending and bottling of Cutty Sark.

Information about the future of Glenturret Distillery haven’t been published yet.