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John Dewar

John Dewar

Spirit merchant and distiller

Son of a licensed grocer who followed into and transformed his family business. He and his brother, Tommy, were the first to bottle whiskies for sale (they had always been sold from the keg, in licensed premised). They popularised blends, making whisky more palatable and accepted outside Scotland. Their firm joined the Distillers Company conglomerate in 1925 and Dewar’s White Label is still one of the world’s best-selling Scotches