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Black & White is a blended Scotch whisky. It was first produced by the London-based whisky blender founded by James Buchanan. Originally known as House of Commons (after the British House of Commons), its nickname, referring to the black and white labelling, was eventually adopted as the official brand instead.[1]

The brand's motif (featuring a black Scottish Terrier and a white West Highland White Terrier) was conceived by James Buchanan himself during the 1890s.[2]

After a series of mergers and acquisitions involving Dewar's (1915), the Distillers Company, and Guinness (forming United Distillers), the brand is now owned by Diageo. It is claimed to be most successful in France, Venezuela, and Brazil.[2] At present, the brand is not used within the United Kingdom.[1]

In popular culture

  • Dean Martin was a renowned Black & White drinker in the '50s & '60s.[citation needed]
  • Black & White is the whiskey Cary Grant was so fond of in the 1964 movie Father Goose.[citation needed]
  • Marcello Mastroianni drank Black & White with his father and his friend Papparazzo in the Fellini film, La Dolce Vita.
  • George Thorogood mentions Black & White in his song "I Drink Alone."
  • Physicist Richard Feynman drank Black & White, as described in his book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!.
  • Herbert Kilpin, co-founder and first captain of football club AC Milan, claimed that "the only way to forget a conceded goal was to drink a sip of the hard stuff", according to John Foot in his book, Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer. He reportedly kept a bottle of Black and White whisky in a hole behind the goal for such an occasion.

References

  1. ^ a b "A Black & White Scotch Whisky review", "Collins Pocket Reference:Whisky" via www.awa.dk. Article retrieved 2006-11-07.
  2. ^ a b "Our Brands: Black & White", Diageo corporate website (diageo.com). Article retrieved 2006-11-07.
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