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Council of Whiskey Masters creates advisory board

Education and certification body The Council of Whiskey Masters has added 22 individuals to its inaugural advisory board.

The Council of Whiskey Masters has created an advisory board

The Council of Whiskey Masters recently launched a certification programme for whiskey professionals, leading to the level one title of ‘certified Scotch professional’ or ‘certified Bourbon professional’. Candidates can also take on studies to become a Master of Scotch (SM) or Master of Whiskey (WM).

The inaugural members of the advisory board include Steve Beal; spirits consultant, judge and Keeper of the Quiach; Dave Broom, spirits writer and Master of the Quaich; Lew Byrson, author and former managing editor of Whisky Advocate; Martin Duffy, North American brand representative for Glencairn Crystal; and Rick Edwards, who has worked for Scotch brands such as Johnnie Walker, The Glenlivet and Chivas Regal.

Other members include Serghios Florides, editor-in-chief of Irish Whiskey Magazine; Michael Fraser Milne, founder of New Zealand whisky festival DramFest; Sebastien Gavillet, head of tasting panel at the International Whisky Competition; and Tobias Gorn, panel chair judge and spirit ambassador at the International Wine & Spirits Competition.

In addition, WSET spirits educator Monique Houston, Canadian whisky expert and author Davin de Kergommeaux, whisky author Charles MacLean, wine and whisky educator and author Joseph V Micallef; and independent whisky consultant and educator Andrew Moldenhaueur have joined the board.

Finally, The Council of Whiskey Masters has appointed The Whiskeys of Ireland author and broadcaster Peter Mulryan, spirits expert Arthur Nägele, whisky educator Eddie Mara, whiskey journalist and author Fionnán O’Connor, whiskey consultant Marcy Rudershausen, whiskey journalist Bernhard Schäfer and Jack W Smith Jr, the founding president of the Metro Atlanta Scotch Club.

Last month, The Council of Whiskey Masters partnered with Glencairn to exclusively endorse the crystal glassware producer across its courses.

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