2022 was a year like no other. To be Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers in 2022 was a huge honour. A milestone for our Company, 350 years since being granted our Livery by the Alderman of the Corporation of the City of London in 1672.
Our own Honorary Court Assistant, Alderman Vincent Keaveny becoming only the second member of the Worshipful Company of Distillers and the first Irishman, acceding to the Mayoralty.
A year when the nation was emerging from two years of enforced periods of lockdown. It was possible to once again engage with fellow members of the Livery and the wider spirits trade’s. Scotland.
As Master I decided that we should mark this by ‘getting out there’ and committed to visiting one distillery each month of my Year. 12 distilleries, 6 in England, 6 in Scotland, not only to celebrate our industry’s robust survival through two years of hardship, but, too, of it’s people and it’s products.
A chance also to focus on the purpose of the Worshipful Company of Distiller’s charity, to spread the message, to learn of the of the incredible impact that our charitable and philanthropic work is having.
Thank you again to all the Distilleries that I visited, who so generously donated bottles, each visit all experiences that I shall never forget.
The Case for the 350th will be auctioned at Whisky.Auction and we thank Emily Webster and her colleagues for generously providing this platform for our Charity.
It will go live at Whisky.Auction on Sunday November 26th and will remain open for bids until Tuesday 5th December.
This is a unique opportunity to acquire a unique case – full of some of the greatest names that the UK spirits industry has to offer. The money raised will go towards the continuing work of the Distiller’s Charity, specifically in support of The Drinks Trust, The Alcohol Education Trust and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal
I hope you enjoy the story – please consider a bid for a very special case from a very special Year!
About The Case
I wanted a very special case to house the Case for the 350. I am therefore so grateful to Liveryman Neil Stevenson and his hugely talented team at NEJ Stevenson who have provided just that, generously offering to build and donate the wonderful, bespoke Case to house the bottles.
When I visited Neil’s workshop in early 2023 to collect it, I was really struck by the commitment, knowledge and skill every one of the team there showed, all masters of their craft, all working together to produce beautiful, made to order pieces.
The bespoke whisky presentation box is a stunning work of craftsmanship. The box is constructed from coloured high-density board and has been polished in a deep brown pigmented lacquer, giving it a beautifully smooth and seamless finish. The hand-painted logo engraved on the box lid is highlighted in a company colour to emphasis the purpose of the box and reflects the premium quality of the contents and the workmanship.
Inside the box, the attention to detail continues with the hand-wrapped black felt inserts, which provide a sumptuous and secure place for the storage of the whisky bottles. The lid of the box is held firmly in place by brass hinges and brass stays, which hold the lid so that there is easy access to the leather information wallet held in place by a clever system of magnetised timber strips.
It is a true work of art – to be treasured by the winning bidder long after the contents of it have gone!
Thank you, Neil! www.nejstevenson.co.uk
Visit 1 – 16th December 2021
EAST LONDON LIQUOR CO.
A bottle of East London Liquor Company East London Single Malt 2021 (70cl, 48%)
Kindly donated & hosted by Alex Wolpert, East London Liquor Co.
Visit 2 – 19th January 2022
The English Whisky Company
A bottle of single malt drawn from first fill ASB cask filled in 2014
Kindly donated by owner, host and Liveryman Andrew Nelstrop
Visit 3 – 22nd February 2022
The Lakes Distillery
A bottle of Lakes Distillery single malt Whiskymaker’s Edition ‘Mosaic’
Kindly donated by owner and host, Liveryman Nigel Mills
Visit 4 – 26th March 2022
The Cotswolds Distillery
A bottle of Cotswold Distillery Founder’s Choice single malt whisky
Kindly donated by founder and owner, Liveryman Daniel Szor
Visit 5 – 13th April 2022
A bottle of 2003 Family Cask single malt (bottled in 2021)
Kindly donated by Liveryman John Grant
Visit 6 – 28th June 2022
Gordon & Macphail, Benromach
A bottle of 2012 Benromach Speyside single malt Scotch whisky
Kindly donated by Liveryman Ewen Macintosh
Visit 7 – 19th July 2022
WM Grant & Sons
A bottle of Glenfiddich Our Small Batch 18 yo single malt – the label states the date of the visit
Kindly donated by Liveryman Grant Gordon
Visit 8 – 2nd August 2022
A bottle of Warner’s Elderflower Infused Gin
Kindly donated by Liveryman Tom & Tina Warner
Visit 9 – 7th September 2022
A bottle of Tarquin’s Cornish Dry Gin – personally waxed sealed by the Master!
Kindly donated by founder & owner, Tarquin Leadbetter
Visit 10 – 20th September 2022
A bottle of Kilchoman Sanaig Islay Single Malt Whisky
Kindly hosted by Liveryman Anthony Wills, owner & founder, Kilchoman
Visit 11 – 21st September 2022
A bottle of Ardbeg Traigh Bahn 19yo Single Malt Whisky, signed by Ardbeg Distiller Colin Gordon
Kindly hosted and donated by Jackie Thompson and Colin Gordon
Visit 12 – 14th November 2022
A bottle of 50th Anniversary Hayman’s Rare Cut Gin
Kindly hosted and donated by Past Master Christopher Hayman, founder Hayman’s Gin