Red Tape Blended Scotch Whisky 1970’s

Red Tape Blended Scotch Whisky 1970’s

$425 AUD

43 % 75 cl

An old DCL blend. This bottle was for the Spanish market with the Madrid importer’s name prominently displayed on the label. Sometimes referred to as the bureaucratic whisky!

Not to be confused with a low-cost Indian whisky of the same name, currently on the market. It is produced by Amrut Distilleries and is a blend of Indian and Scottish malts. The brand was introduced in 2011, and it quickly gained popularity in India and other parts of the world.

The name "Red Tape" is a reference to the bureaucratic hurdles that the distillery had to overcome in order to create the whisky. In India, the process of obtaining licenses and permits for alcohol production can be very complicated and time-consuming, which led to the use of the term "red tape" to describe the bureaucratic process.


This product is located in the United Kingdom.


Baird-Taylor Limited

Red Tape was the principal brand of this small subsidiary of Distillers Company plc. Other brands were Baird-Taylor’s Selected, Baird-Taylors Superior and It. However, these are rarely seen.

Baird-Taylor Ltd was one of the smaller members of the DCL family. Its origins are somewhat obscure. One source has these dating back to 1838, but a more reliable source (“Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History”) has 1897 as the founding year when James and William Baird-Taylor are recorded as establishing the company in Glasgow as wholesale Scotch whisky and wine merchants and dealers in Jamaica rum.

The company was incorporated in 1924 as Baird-Taylor Limited. The company was purchased for the sum of GBP 225,000 by DCL in 1935 but allowed to carry on trading much as before, although it was eventually wound up in 1992.