Glenfiddich owner William Grant buys Drambuie

The word welcome is shown in different languages on the lids of casks at the Glenfiddich whisky distillery in Dufftown, Scotland January 13, 2013. REUTERS/David Moir

LONDON (Reuters) - William Grant & Sons Ltd, the UK-based maker of Glenfiddich whisky and Hendrick’s Gin, has acquired Drambuie for an undisclosed price, the company said on Monday.

Drambuie, a blend of Scotch whisky, spices and honey whose history goes back to 1745, was put up for sale earlier this year by its owners, the MacKinnon family.

Earlier press reports said the sale of Drambuie was expected to be in the area of 100 million pounds ($161.18 million), but a William Grant spokesman declined to comment on the price.

This is the latest in a string of spirits deals this year, including the sale of United Spirits' UNSP.NS Whyte & Mackay to Emperador EMP.PS, Campari's CPRI.MI purchases of Fratelli Averna and Forty Creek and the sale of Loch Lomond Distillery to Exponent Private Equity.

($1 = 0.6204 British Pounds)

Reporting by Martinne Geller in London, editing by Louise Heavens