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History

Meet Messrs. Hankey and Bannister. Theirs is a story of what happens when two remarkable men share an idea and follow it through with conviction and passion. They determined to make their own superior blended Scotch whisky and together they created a true aristocrat among whiskies, which has been enjoyed in society for over 250 years.

1757
London's West End

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

1785
Adelphi Cellars

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

1901
Royal warrant

Hankey Bannister receives its first royal warrant from George V.

1913
London 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
Hankey Bannister 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 and Co. Signature/Logo

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

1936
F tHE REMAINS OF ALDELPHI CELLARS AFTER THE 1936 BOMBINGS

Adelphi Arches are 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
Hankey Bird

One of the quirkier chapters in our history saw designer Ted Geisel, better known as children’s 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.

1940
G HB Royal warrant Letter

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

1988
Inver House

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

2009
World Whisky Awards 2009

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

2014
‘Gold Outstanding 2014 - IWSC awards

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 Years Old.