Whisky Magazine Issue 80
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In the latest of our series celebrating some of whisky's lesser known personalities,Dominic Roskrow talks to Robin Tucek,owner of independent whisky company Blackadder.
If you're of the view that the current economic climate is making life tough for small independent operators and they're being squeezed out by the big boys, you should have a word with Robin Tucek.
He is the owner of independent bottler Blackadder and co-owner of Clydesdale AB, the leading specialist import company in Sweden, and despite the doom and gloom elsewhere, his business is booming. For him the reasons are pretty simple: he and his partners set out their stall early on and have stayed focused ever since,working hard but never forgetting that ultimately whisky is all about good friends and good company.
“”The achievement for Blackadder comes from ploughing our own furrow,”he says.
“Blackadder was established from the very beginning with the simple rules of bottling single casks,never chilling or otherwise heavily filtering our whiskies and never adding colour to our spirits. I have always liked to think that our whiskies and personality is colourful enough without having to add to it.
“What I enjoy about what I am doing is the same as always. I enjoy the opportunity to travel and make friends in so many different countries around the world.” And travel Tucek does.
Blackadder sells to more than 20 countries across the world and there is a particular focus on Sweden where he and his Swedish business partner Thomas Sundblom represent a whole range of whisky companies including Douglas Laing, Bladnoch, Sazerac, Compass Box and Dewar Rattray. Blackadder ha...