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.