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Our Story

Heritage & Origin

Our wine and spirits business was established in London’s West End in 1757 and saw the pioneering pair Beaumont Hankey and Hugh Bannister set out together in the pursuit of a single goal – that of providing the very finest wines and spirits to satisfy the rapidly developing tastes of London’s connoisseurs.

Beaumont Hankey

Beaumont Hankey was a sophisticated socialite – a man of distinction with a flamboyant personality who loved to charm the aristocracy.

Hugh Bannister

In contrast, Hugh Bannister was an astute businessman, considered, exacting and a great complement to his more gregarious partner.

This blend of charisma and acumen led to the creation of Hankey Bannister Blended Scotch Whisky, which still reflects the duality of its founders’ substance and style.

An Outstanding Reputation

Our Legacy

Hankey Bannister’s captivating elegance and outstanding reputation has attracted a prestigious array of devotees down the centuries - and its history is threaded through with a seal of royal approval. From Prince Regent William IV to George V – from whom it received a royal warrant – our inimitable blended Scotch whisky has moved in illustrious circles.

Within such circles could be found the Dukes of Norfolk and Queensberry, while Hankey Bannister’s impeccable credentials also found favour with Winston Churchill and literary icon Evelyn Waugh.

Long cherished by devotees, Hankey Bannister reflects an enduring blend of refinement and delicacy - yet is readily embraced by new generations of Scotch whisky lovers.

Key moments from

Our History

1757

Wines and Spirits Company established at Johns Street in London’s West End.

1785

The cellars move to Adelphi Arches under Adelphi Terrace, London’s first neo-classical building designed by the Adams brothers.

1901

Hankey Bannister receives its first royal warrant received from George V.

1913

Hankey Bannister & Co move to 22 St James Street and begin to absorb a number of other West End firms, while continuing to supply upper class clientele, exclusive clubs and the Royal Household.

1915

Offices move to 32 Sackville Street, which neighboured the Golden mile of tailoring surrounding Saville Row. The antique 1920s bottle of Hankey Bannister that inspired our Heritage Blend, displays this address.

1922

Hankey Bannister & Co is acquired by Saccone & Speed after the passing of Douglas Hankey. Hankey Bannister remains as the company name.

1936

Adelphi Arches demolished. Hankey Bannister & Co obliged to move thousands of bottles to new storage across the river to Southwark, near the site of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

1939

One of the quirkier chapters in Hankey Bannister’s history saw designer Ted Geisel – now better known as children’s book author Dr Seuss – commissioned to boost the brand’s shelf stand-out in the US market. Geisel came up with the ‘Hankey Bird,’ a curious kilt-wearing character with a large beak and the words Hankey Bannister emblazoned on his sporran. With the use of a small spring, the figure was designed to clip on to the neck of a bottle of Hankey Bannister whisky. Eccentric as he appeared, the ‘Hankey Bird’ proved a commercial success story, sending Hankey Bannister's sales soaring!

1940

Royal Warrant received from George VI then extended for a further 10 years in 1950.

1988

Hankey Bannister & Co purchased by Inver House Distillers from International Distillers & Vintners.

2009

Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old was awarded the coveted title of the World’s Best Blended Scotch at the World Whisky Awards.

2014

Hankey Bannister Original receives top accolade as it secures the prestigious ‘Gold Outstanding’ medal in this years IWSC awards. Additionally Hankey Bannister was also awarded ‘Gold’ for both limited edition Heritage Blend and 12 year old blend.

Distilled, Blended & Bottled in Scotland

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