An historic Joint event between the two Livery Companies, the Distillers and the Marketors, took place on November 3rd at London Scottish House in Victoria. The format, a panel composed of two Distillers and two Marketors’ Liverymen, was expertly moderated by David Wethey.
The theme of the discussion was “Scotch whisky – from niche to global – past, present and future”.
Kenny McKay of the Distillers and Lesley Wilson of the Marketors, introduced the event making the point that the Scottish military had played a key role in introducing Scotch to different countries in the British Empire during overseas postings. It was therefore appropriate that we were meeting in the impressive hall at the traditional home of the London Scottish Regiment with whom the Distillers have been associated for over 50 years.
Lord George Robertson, an honorary Liveryman in the Distillers and Honorary Regimental Colonel of the regiment whose portrait hangs in the Hall, was the Patron of the event, and spoke of the regiment’s history and his own earlier association with the Scotch industry before becoming an MP.
The panel comprised of Ian Taylor of Dewar’s Whisky/Bacardi and Anthony Wills of Kilchoman, a company he founded on Islay in 2005. The Marketors were represented by David Haig, founder and chief executive of Brand Finance, and David Elmer who had worked for Del Monte in S America for many years and had experienced there first hand how Scotch was seen as the aspirational drink and as a symbol denoting success. The bar was provided by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. A range of single malt Scotches from across the taste spectrum were available for tasting. The bar served up 3 distinctive whisky cocktails – the Godfather, Rob Roy and the Penicillin! Our thanks go to Liveryman Jan Damen for organising this and for the enthusiasm and engagement of his staff on the night. This will enable us to make a good contribution to the Distillers Charity funds.