Keepers of the Quaich names new Masters

15th April, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

Global Scotch whisky society Keepers of the Quaich has revealed the latest members who have been bestowed with the revered title of Master. SB shines a spotlight on the five new Masters.

Twice a year, a banquet is held to award members with the title of Keeper and Master

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 8 April, 45 new members were inducted into the international society at a private ceremony at Blaire Castle in Blair Atholl. The banquet and ceremony was the 60th to take place at the castle.

Guests at the event were addressed by publisher and broadcaster Andrew Neil, who was also awarded the role of honorary Keeper of the Quaich.

To qualify, new Keepers must have worked in the industry for a minimum of five years. To date, just over 2,700 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.

“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 16 different countries which demonstrates the continued popularity of Scotch whisky.”

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

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