The Chief renews his Whisky Friendships

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Andrew & Marguerite arriving at Blair Castle

The Chief renews his Whisky Friendships

Written by Andrew Dewar Durie    Tuesday, 26 April 2011 08:04

Our Chief, Andrew Durie, renewed his contacts with the Scotch Whisky Industry, which he left in 1999, when he and his wife Marguerite attended the Spring banquet of The Keepers of the Quaich at Blair Castle in April. The Society was formed to recognise and honour those who have made major contributions to the continuing success and growth of Scotch Whisky across the world. The Keepers meet twice a year at the beautiful setting of Blair Castle in the Highlands, to induct new members, and to sit down 200 strong for a formal banquet.

The Society takes it's name from the quaich, "Cuach" being the Gaelic for cup, a classic round Scottish drinking vessel with two handles, usually made of silver, pewter or wood. It's ancestor was a scallop shell! The Keepers now have over 2000 members drawn from 80 countries.

Andrew became a Keeper at the first ceremony nearly 25 years ago, and was made a Master of the Quaich in 1992. For the next 10 years he carried the great silver quaich, 2 feet across, at every one of their Banquets. Andrew and Marguerite are seen arriving at Blair Castle, wearing his insignia as a Master. The Guard of Honour is drawn from the Atholl Highlanders, the only private army in Britain. The Keepers is very much about celebrating and enjoying everything to do with Scotland and Scotch Whisky, and it was an opportunity to meet and mingle with old friends from across the globe, and to taste five especially chosen Malts and Blends. The guest speaker was John Howard, past Prime Minister of Australia, who Andrew had met when the Edinburgh Military Tattoo went to Sydney in 2009.

Slainte to Usquebaugh - the Water of Life!

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