Revered Scotch whisky society Keepers of the Quaich has welcomed 45 new members, along with five new Masters. SB introduces the deserving recipients.
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 October, 45 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 international rugby star Sean Fitzpatrick, former All Blacks captain and the world’s most capped hooker.
To qualify, new Keepers must have worked in the industry for a minimum of five years.
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.
To date, just over 2,700 people from more than 100 countries have received the honour.
“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 20 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.