With a name derived from the ancient Gaelic phrase ‘usage beatha’ (or ‘the water of life’), Usquaebach literally translates to ‘whisky’. Dating back to the 1700's (the name was trademarked in 1877) Usquaebach was born with blends that were created to focus on purity, elegance, and refinement. Their master blenders only use the finest malts and grains from Scotlands most trusted and respected distillers which is how Usquaebach has earned the title of "King of Blended Whisky". Usquaebach Bottles

Brief History

1500's - The word “uisge beatha” is popular in Gaelic vernacular to mean “water of life.” It describes the potent liquor distilled from grains.

1791 - “Usquaebach” is immortalized by the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns, in his poem Tom O’Shanter: “Wi Usquaebach we’ll face the de’il”

1877 - Ross & Cameron (spirit merchants) establishes the first trademark for “The Usquaebach.”

1926 - Following the death of Donald Cameron of Ross & Cameron, the Usquaebach trademark is passed along to William Grigor & Sons (Bowmore Distillery).

1969 - Twelve Stone Flagons Ltd., an American company owned by Stanley Stankiwicz, purchases the trademark and begins to distribute Usquaebach in the famous flagon in which it is still sold today.

1969 - Usquaebach’s “Old Rare” is served at President Richard Nixon’s White House Inaugural Dinner

Richard Nixon

1989 - The “Old Rare” is again selected to be poured at President George H.W. Bush’s White House Inaugural Dinner – a testament to the whisky’s superior quality and character.

2005 - Cobalt Brands becomes the new, proud owners of the Usquaebach trademark and continue to distribute the brand throughout the United States and the world.

Old-Rare Superior Blended Flagon

Luminous gold in color, the Old-Rare has huge, fresh aromaticsUsquaebach consisting of pepper, caramel, and dark chocolate. With a complex multi-layered flavors of pepper, coffee, and sherry this whisky is bold and smooth. Old-Rare has an unpredictable finish that is long and intense where it starts out sweet then morphs into the spice.

15 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Deep amber in color, the 15 Year Old Scotch has a nose of mashedUsquaebach 15 fruit, raisins, and pineapple. With a full-bodied palate of savory sweetness with impressions of caramel, apricot, and nutmeg. A long and well-balanced finish of sweet sherry and spice notes gives the 15 Year Old Scotch its dynamics.

Reserve Premium Blended Scotch Whisky

Reserve Premium is fresh, floral with sweet hints of vanilla thatUsquaebach Reserve strike the nose. The palate is smooth with round toffee, mellow spice, honeyed sherry, and light citrus which is the result of blended whiskys of 16, 17, and 18 year old whisky. With an elegant finish of light smoke.


Usquaebach Bobby Burns Bobby Burns

2 oz Usquaebach Reserve 1/2 oz (quality) sweet vermouth (La Quintinye Vermouth Royal) 1/2 oz DOM Benedictine Dash of Aromatic bitters Lemon Twist for garnish

Fill rocks glass with one large ice cube (or serve up in a cocktail coupe). Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, and stir until very cold. Strain into your preferred glass. Rim the glass with lemon twist, and drop into drink to serve.

Usquaebach Summer Smuggler Summer Smuggler

1 oz Usquebach Reserve 1 oz Contrato Bianco (or Lillet Blanc) 1 oz (quality) dry vermouth (La Quintinye Vermouth Royal) Dash of orange bitters Lemon twist for garnish

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, and stir until very cold. Strain into a cocktail coupe. Rim the glass with the lemon twist, drop into the drink and serve

Highlands RedheadHighlands Redhead

2 oz. Usquaebach Premium Blended 1 oz. Amaro Lucano 2 dashes of orange bitters Orange peel for garnish

Stir all ingredients with ice, strain into rocks glass and garnish with orange peel.

Usquaebach, a historic blend that dates back to the 1700s, is a Scotch whisky bringing to life ancient traditions and the historic craft of the Scottish Highlands. Blended for three generations by the Laing family, Usquaebach is a family-owned brand closely guarded by tradition.