Ian Macleod Distillers in India

Ian Macleod & Company was established in the year 1933, by Leonard J Russell Snr, our company's founder in Scotland, United Kingdom. He was a firm believer in the value of independence. Beholden to no single distiller, he bought only those whiskies which met his own and his customers' exacting standards. Both clearly had good taste, because more than 86 years down the line, Ian Macleod Distillers has built up an enviable portfolio of premium quality spirits and is proud brand proprietor of Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Rosebank, Isle of Skye, Smokehead Scotch whiskies and Edinburgh Gin to name but a few. The world’s 10th largest Scotch Whisky Company, we currently produce and sell over 15 million bottles of spirits every year.

Ours is an industry increasingly dominated by a few multi-national companies with global brands and equally far-stretched corporate mission statements. We’re just not like that. For the last 86 years and more, Ian Macleod Distillers has always favoured quality over quantity and long-term value over short-term gains.

Ian Macleod Distillers have been present in India since 1997 by exporting bulk Blended Scotch Whisky and Blended Malt Whisky to Indian liquor companies for use in local production of bottled in India Blended Scotch Whisky and Indian whisky blended with Scotch Malts.

In 2004, the Company started exporting bottled liquors to the Travel Retail segment of the Indian market (Airport Duty Free Shops) and since then there has been no looking back and continued its business in India.

Based on the market conditions and potential, Mr. Leonard Russell, Managing Director, Ian Macleod Distillers decided to set up wholly owned subsidiary in India with an objective to import and re-distribute bulk and bottled liquors across different states. The Indian company ‘Ian Macleod Distillers India Pvt Ltd was set up in late 2009 and the business commenced in the second quarter of 2010.

The operations were only through the Custom Bonded Warehouse to licensed regional distributors and distilleries. The Travel Retail business was also initially catered through the Custom Bonded Warehouse ensuring continuity in supplies of company’s brands to Duty Free operators.

IMD India started bulk spirits (Blended Malt Spirit and Brandy Concentrate) import and sale from customs bond to Indian distilleries in 2011. Extensive research on the blends of admix whiskies sold in Indian market was carried out over a period of 2 years and finally a India specific blended Malt Whisky concentrate of 5 YO was developed.

The specially developed Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Concentrate 5 YO for the Indian market was tried out with identified Distillers in Northern India who have potential to grow the admix whisky business across pan India. The blend was runaway success in the Indian market and there has been looking back since then. Today Ian Macleod Distillers India is one of the leading importers and suppliers of 5 YO Blended Malt Scotch Whisky concentrate to some of the successful admix whisky millionaire brands of Indian Distilleries.

"We have a distinguished history behind us and an exciting future ahead."

Leonard Russell – Managing Director