Scotland: Potable Interests

Outside of Edinburgh, where it has its headquarters, Distillers Co. Ltd. is hardly a household name. Yet on its own and through a large family of subsidiaries, the company produces more than half the Scotch sold round the world, and its bottles carry most familiar labels: among them Johnnie Walker, Haig, Dewar's, Vat 69, White Horse and Black & White. The company also dips in a big way into gins and vodkas —producing, among others, Gordon's and Booth's.

D.C.L.'s chairman, Sir Robert Gumming, 66, a fourth-generation distillery-man, last year was knighted "for...

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