Inspired by last week’s Scottish Spirits news about whisky in cans I was venturing around the nether regions of the whisky industry with the help of my favourite search engine. I came across a company called Reynald & Sons from Glasgow (176 St Vincent Street). That name rang a bell because the name of the owner of Scottish Spirits Ltd. is Reynald Katz.
And – surprise – the website looks almost like a clone of the Scottish Spirits site.
But it is not an exact clone. The brand range and the bottle pictures are all the same, but Reynald & Sons are universally talking of “Scotch whisky” next to their bottles whereas Scottish Sprits only mentions “whisky”. The “Manufacturing under license” page replaces the “malt and alcohol” raw materials with various types of spirits including Scotch whisky that are supposed to be bottled with their machinery. The company also offers Scotch whisky in bulk, for example “single cask 12, 18, 21 and 50 year old”
Scotch or no Scotch? So far, the question remains unanswered.
And there is another suprise hidden on the site. The Bottle specification page shows a picture of the Label 5 blend of French Producer La Martiniquaise who recently bought Glen Moray distillery from LVMH.
So could there even be a connection between Panama and Martinique, so to speak? I think I forgot to mention that Reynald Katz is of French origin as well.
In addition to all uncertainty about the Scotch-ness of the whisky of Scottish Spirits one thing has struck me. Both compaines claim to sell one million of cases of whisky (perhaps it’s the same whisky, perhaps not). This is quite a lot, 12 million bottles actually.
But on the internet I have not seen a single trace of their whisky on offer to the end consumer. Google searches only list business directories or B2B platforms like alibaba.com. And most interestingly, when you click the alibaba links you are told they have been removed from the site. Other sites list bulk offers from Serlogin S.A (owned by Reynald Katz) for whisky made under license of Scottish Spirits Ltd. (also owned by Reynald Katz). Does the owner of both firms have to grant himself a license?
Where is Their Whisky?
The first person who can send me pictures of an actual bottle of whisky in a shop (front and back) that was made by Scottish Spirits or Reynald & Sons or Serlogin S.A will get a decent single malt sample from my collection. Send me a sealed bottle and I will return the favour with a bottle of Glenlivet 12.