Cadenhead's Full Range
The firm of William Cadenhead Ltd, Wine and Spirit Merchants, was founded in 1842 and is Scotland's oldest independent bottler. The company was in the ownership of the same family until taken over by J&A Mitchell & Co.Ltd in 1972, the proprietors of Springbank distillery. Today, under the stewardship of Hedley Wright (the great, great grandson of Springbank founder Archibald Mitchell) Cadenheads follow the “Springbank model”, choosing to grow steadily but slowly with a focus on bottling excellent single cask, cask-strength, non-chill-filtered whiskies, rums, and gins. While J&A Mitchell & Co. remains the largest employer in Campbeltown, Wright has no heirs. Now almost 90, he has ensured that Cadenhead’s (and Springbank and Glengyle distilleries) will pass into the ownership of a charitable trust when he dies.