Keepers of the Quaich inducts five Masters

10th April, 2018 by Nicola Carruthers

International Scotch whisky society Keepers of the Quaich has bestowed five members with the rare privilege of Master of the Quaich.

At the ceremony, the society welcomed 38 new Keepers and five Masters

At the ceremony, the society welcomed 38 new Keepers and five Masters

Keepers of the Quaich was established by the Scotch whisky industry to “recognise the outstanding commitment” of those who produce or promote Scotch.

On Monday 26 March, 38 new members were inducted into the international society at a private ceremony at Blaire Castle in Blair Atholl.

Guests at the event were addressed by broadcaster and reporter Frank Gardner OBE, who was shot and injured while covering a story on Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia.

To qualify, new Keepers must have worked in the industry for a minimum of five years. To date, just over 2,600 men and women from more than 100 countries have received the honour.

The society will award only five Masters of the Quaich at each ceremony of induction. Masters must have been inducted as a Keeper over 10 years ago, and have made an “exceptional contribution” to Scotch whisky.

On the night, Peter Gordon, director of William Grant and Sons, became the society’s 22nd Grand Master. Gordon, who is also a Master of the Quaich, will hold this position for two years.

“Scotch whisky was, and remains, the first global spirit and Keepers of the Quaich exists to recognise and celebrate the exceptional contribution of people working in all aspects of the industry, all over the world,” said Peter Prentice, chairman of the Society.

“At the ceremony we inducted new Keepers from no less than 15 different countries which demonstrates the continued popularity of Scotch whisky.”

The next banquet will be held on 8 October 2018.

Click through the following pages to learn more about the new Masters of the Quaich.

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