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Searle_Christopher
11 January 2019
Carol Service 2018

The Company’s Annual Carol service took place at our church, St Lawrence Jewry where those attending were able to loosen their vocal chords at the reception with a glass or two of Pommery Royal Brut Champagne, very kindly provided by the Master.  The Honorary Chaplain, Rev. Canon David Parrott, was up to his usual standard.  With a very amusing […]

Searle_Christopher
17 December 2018
Consort Event – Beefeater Gin

The Immediate Past Mistress Distiller, Philippa Burrough held the first ever Livery Consorts event for the Worshipful Company of Distillers on 8thNovember 2018 at Beefeater Gin, prior to standing down as Mistress Distiller.  The Consorts of many of the Livery Companies have been holding events over the past few years to raise money for charity and […]

Samuel
30 November 2018
2018 Installation Dinner

None of our set piece events are more eagerly anticipated than the Installation ceremony and Dinner, and this year was no exception. Following the reception and warmed by copious amounts of Louis Roederer champagne, Plymouth Gin, and Jameson Irish Whisky, a full house greeted the newly installed Master, Martin Riley, as he processed into Vintners’ […]

Searle_Christopher
30 November 2018
Master’s Blog – November

Another busy month to finish my year. I was delighted to be asked to be a Guard of Honour at the Lord Mayor’s Show. This entailed greeting the new Lord Mayor at Mansion House when he returned from the parade and then having lunch in Mansion House. This followed a number of events with the […]

Samuel
7 November 2018
Master’s Blog – October

A busy month. My German is non-existent, so giving a speech in German sets the pulse racing. That is what I had to do at the annual banquet of our affiliate the Zunft zu Rebleuten in Basel, Switzerland. Nicola Riley very kindly helped on the phonetics. The Rebleuten guild is 700 years old and they […]

Searle_Christopher
2 November 2018
Master’s Blog – September

Undoubtedly the highlight of the month was the Scottish dinner. Over 160 people attended a lively gathering at the Signet Library in Edinburgh. The toast to the guests was proposed by our Honorary Freeman –  Lord Robertson of Port Ellen. A fantastic speech, I think he has had a bit of practice over the years. […]

Samuel
1 November 2018
Chris Parker, an obituary

It is with great sadness to report the passing of Christopher Parker who died in August whilst on holiday in Scotland. He joined the Livery in 1991, becoming a Court Assistant in 2004. Christopher spent many years in the spirits trade both overseas and in the UK. In 1993 he set up his own company, […]

Searle_Christopher
25 October 2018
The Scottish Distillers Dinner

The Scottish Distillers Dinner was held again at the Signet Library in Parliament Square Edinburgh. It is owned by the Society of Writers to her Majesty’s Signet known as the WS Society – a society of Solicitors. It was the best attended Scottish Dinner so far with one hundred and sixty two dining and of […]

Samuel
16 October 2018
The Car Club weekend of the year in the Welsh wilderness

It has become a tradition over the short life of the club to hold a weekend away in a pleasant place close to a spirit or wine location taking in some good drives, food, wines, hotels and petrol-head visits. This time we excelled ourselves by getting them all in – starting in Ledbury the eighteen […]

Searle_Christopher
14 September 2018
Car Club visit to Dedham Vale

As befits our reputation as the social club of the Distillers who happen to enjoy messing about in cars, the DCC was chosen to lead this event to Essex and Suffolk to visit the Mistress Distiller’s famous garden at Ulting Wick and the car collection of the Master’s friend Rupert Marks. Both happened to be […]

Searle_Christopher
14 August 2018
Master’s Blog – August

Many people say the City, like the French, go on holiday for the whole of August. The International Wine and Spirit Competition tasting, at the end of July at Vintners’ Hall, is often considered the holiday send off. The Master and Mistress sneaked away for some walking in Skye. We paid a visit to the […]

Searle_Christopher
14 July 2018
Master’s Blog – July

Probably the highlight of the month was the RAF 100 flypast. A number of us had been up to RAF Honington the previous week and Air Marshal Sir David Walker asked if we would be watching the flypast. We said yes, but did not know where to have a lunch. Sir David quickly volunteered the […]

Searle_Christopher
11 July 2018
RAF Honington

As part of our Livery connection with RAF 603 (Edinburgh) Squadron a visit to the Headquarters of the RAF Regiment in Honington in Suffolk was kindly arranged by Squadron Leader Jerry Riley who has recently taken the Freedom of the Company. Honington is also the Headquarters of the RAF Police. A convivial dinner was hosted […]

Searle_Christopher
11 July 2018
Master’s Blog – Social June

Social June. The busiest time of year for a Master. I think the highlight was Common Hall, when our own liveryman Vincent Keaveny was elected Aldermanic Sheriff – the first Distiller for 50 years. The event had all the pomp and circumstance you would expect from a Guildhall event, but with the added twist of […]

Searle_Christopher
29 June 2018
Jaguar Car Club Visit

We were delighted to spend a day with Jaguar,  touring the manufacturing plant of the F type sports car and visiting the new Classic Centre. Whilst staying near the Balti heaven of Birmingham we started proceedings with an exceedingly good curry dinner. Morning arrived without incident.  The day began with a comprehensive look at the […]

Searle_Christopher
15 June 2018
Master’s Blog – The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestickmaker

The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestickmaker (well the Tallow Chandlers really). I completed the trio of invites, during my year, by lunching and breaking bread with the Bakers this month (each livery company has its own traditions). The feasting continued with a very enjoyable dinner with the Brewers and finally I was honoured to […]

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Industry News

Rampur Distillery launches rum inspired by Kohinoor diamond
17 April 2024

The Kohinoor Reserve Indian Dark Rum is expected to roll out to markets across the world and global travel retail in the coming months

Baileys to trial aluminium bottle in travel retail
21 March 2024

Released in March to mark B Corp Month, the lighter bottle is a practical move as well as sustainable

Fever-Tree toasts bumper US performance in 2021 – trading update
27 January 2022

A combination of continued off-premise strength and a returning on-premise have boosted Fever-Tree’s sales for 2021, led by the US. In a trading update today, the mixers company said that sales in the 12 months to the end of December, reached GBP311m (US$416.7m), a 26% increase on 2020. US sales for the year were up …
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Britvic upbeat on 2022 as Omicron fails to dent pre-Christmas growth – trading update
27 January 2022

Strong at-home consumption has bolstered Britvic’s performance in the closing three months of last year, despite the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Two months after reporting a near-7% rise in 12-month sales to the end of September, the UK-based soft drinks group today posted sales from fiscal-Q1 – to the end of December – …
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