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William Whiteley

William Whiteley was born in Yorkshire in 1861. In the early 20th century, Whiteley was employed by James Munro & Sons Ltd, concentrating on export sales. However, he was sacked for building unauthorised relationships with somewhat questionable traders in Africa during 1908. It was after this when he set up his own business of William Whiteley & Company. However, he filed for bankruptcy in 1912.

Prohibition in America then presented an opportunity for Whiteley, who developed a relationship with mafia boss Frank Costello, who helped Whiteley smuggle his own blends of Scotch whisky into the States.

1928 was the year Whiteley formulated his most famous blend, King’s Ransom, which didn’t take long to earn a name as the most expensive Scotch in the world. In 1933 Whiteley acquired Edradour distillery in Perthshire, and this gave him a source of malt whisky for blending, and so Edradour became a staple ingredient of King’s Ransom. Another high profile blended Scotch from Whiteley was House of Lords, which was only available in export markets until 1996 due to protests from the upper house of the British parliament regarding its name.

Whiteley died in 1941, having retired three years previously. Irving Haim, an associate of Frank Costello, acquired the shares of W Whiteley & Co Ltd, and the brand remained in the Haim family until 1978. In 1982 the Pernod Ricard subsidiary S Campbell & Son Ltd acquired William Whiteley & Co Ltd. Edradour distillery, no longer bound to being the main component in Whiteley’s blend, was released as a single malt.

House of Lords 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%

A bottle of House of Lords 12 year old blended Scotch whisky, produced by William Whiteley back in the 1980s. Edradour was the spiritual home for this blend, with William Whiteley owning the…  More info

House of Lords 12 Year Old - 1980s
$187.08

House of Lords 8 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%

A bottle of House of Lords eight year old blended Scotch. We reckon this was produced back in the 1970s, when the blend was made with Edradour whisky and when the brand was still owned by William…  More info

House of Lords 8 Year Old - 1970s
$224.50

King's Ransom 12 Year Old - pre-1964

75cl, 43%

A rare bottle of King's Ransom 12 Year Old blended Scotch whisky, which we believe to have been produced before 1964. Very handsome, and comes alongside its original presentation box. Plus, you don't…  More info

King's Ransom 12 Year Old - pre-1964
$299.33

King's Ransom 12 Year Old Ceramic Decanter - 1970s

75cl, 43%

Presented in the once commonplace ceramic decanter, the blended Scotch whisky inside is 12 year old King's Ransom and it's been in there since the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

King's Ransom 12 Year Old Ceramic Decanter - 1970s

King's Ransom 12 Year Old - 1960s

75cl, 43%

A very rare bottle of King's Ransom 12 Year Old blended Scotch whisky, produced in the 1960s by William Whiteley (they made the House of Lords blends too - prolific chaps). This bottle was part of…  More info

King's Ransom 12 Year Old - 1960s
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House of Lords 8 Year Old -1970s

75cl, 40%

The House of Lords blended Scotch whisky from William Whiteley was made with Edradour Scotch whisky back in the old days. At one point, Whiteley even owned the Edradour distillery! This bottle of the…  More info

House of Lords 8 Year Old -1970s

King's Ransom - 1950s

A rare and collectible bottling of blended Scotch whisky from William Whiteley that dates from the 1950s. Please note that the label does not state the ABV or volume of this product and that it is…  More info

King's Ransom - 1950s
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House of Lords - 1980s

75cl, 43%

Thought to date from the 1980s, this is an old bottling of this grand blended Scotch whisky from William Whitley & Co. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information…  More info

House of Lords - 1980s

House Of Lords - 1970s

70cl, 40%

This is a rare bottled of House of Lords blended Scotch whisky, which we think was produced in the 1970s. Back in the day, this was made with whisky from the Edradour distillery, and its producer -…  More info

House Of Lords - 1970s

House of Lords 12 Year Old - 2000s

75cl, 40%

12 year old House of Lords blended Scotch whisky produced in the 2000s. It's even got a picture of the eponymous house on the bottle and presentation box. It's quite a nice house. Lots of space and a…  More info

House of Lords 12 Year Old - 2000s
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House of Lords - 2000s

70cl, 40%

This is a collectible bottle of House of Lords blended Scotch whisky, produced in the 2000s. It includes the original presentation box. A classic blend which has been around for decades.  More info

House of Lords - 2000s

House Of Lords Blended Scotch Whisky

70cl, 40%

A blended scotch whisky named for the House of Lords.  More info

House Of Lords Blended Scotch Whisky
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