James Catto was one of the best known whisky merchants in Victorian Aberdeen. He established his company in 1861 and almost immediately started exporting whisky to North America and British colonies.
His son took over at the turn of the Century and focused on the domestic market but sadly he was killed in France during the First World War and executors of the estate sold the company to W. & A. Gilbey. In 1990 the brand was acquired by Inver House Distillers but the original formula, which included Aberfeldy, Oban, Glen Ord, Dalwhinnie and Clynelish malts was excluded from the contract (Inver House recreated the blend using mainly malts from UD). Catto’s 12 years old has been blended from malt and grain whiskies from Speyside, Highlands and Lowlands. It scored silver medal at the 2014 International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Nose: sweet and aromatic, peaches, pineapple, buttered toast, sweet cereals, vanilla, toffee, garden herbs and hints of candle wax.
Palate: light and sweet, breakfast cereals, sugared nuts, honey, vanilla, touch of hay, hints of lemon pepper and oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of sweet cereals, honey, toffee, vanilla, pepper and oak.