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Ewan Lacey
6 April 2021

The Worshipful Company of Distillers is excited and proud to present a rare opportunity to acquire a bottle of the legendary Karuizawa Distillery’s Five Decades whisky. This sale has only been possible thanks to the incredible generosity of this donation from Liverymen David Croll and Marcin Miller of the Kyoto Distillery in Japan. Karuizawa’s ‘five […]

Donna Bowers
10 March 2021
Liveryman Georgie Bell named in top 10 female brand ambassadors list

To mark International Women’s Day, The Spirits Business are celebrating the talents of 10 female brand ambassadors across the spirits sector, highlighting the women representing some of the world’s biggest spirits brands. Many of the women listed have a background in the bar industry, leading them to have some of the most sought-after skills needed for a […]

Ewan Lacey
10 March 2021
Virtual Tour of Hayman’s Distillery 9th March 2021

Raising money for charity and hosting events under current circumstances has tested the mettle of both The Master and The Livery this year. However, yet again, and thanks to the efforts of Christopher Hayman we were able to raise a tasty sum for our charity whilst enjoying a glimpse into this state-of-the-art facility. On Zoom, […]

Donna Bowers
25 February 2021
Supporting Communities: The Drink Sector’s Response During The Covid-19 Pandemic

The Portman group have released a report, summarising the recent support provided by organisations within the drinks sector. While we are in the third national lockdown, they have taken a moment to review the extensive support provided by organisations involved in alcohol. This has been carried out to celebrate their continuing hard work and also […]

Donna Bowers
12 February 2021

Our Mentoring initiative has made significant progress in the first few months of 2021 with the launch of the first “Mentoring Pilot programme in the history of our Livery.  The VTEC (Vocational Training and Education Committee), led by Past Master Richard Watling researched the appetite for mentoring with our former sponsored students at WSET, IBD […]

Donna Bowers
2 February 2021
Press Release: The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ announces a dynamic new 3-year educational programme

The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ announces a dynamic new programme of scholarships and bursaries for over 100 students over the next three years. Financial support for key qualifications will be more than tripled with our UK educational partners who lead the world in spirits education. The WCD will be increasing the focus and share of […]

Donna Bowers
28 January 2021
20th January 2021: NEW FREEMEN & LIVERYMEN Admitted to the Distillers Livery

At Virtual Ceremonies conducted on 20th January 2021 by the Master, Jonathan Driver and the Wardens, the following received the Freedom of the Company: Giles Harris DSO OBEGeorge RollsSir Colin Hampden-WhiteKarl Mason At the same virtual Ceremonies conducted on 20th January 2021, the following received the Livery of the Company: Karen BettsHenri SizaretDuncan BaldwinJames RobertsonKen […]

Donna Bowers
28 January 2021
Virtual Burns’ Night held for Distillers livery members

O wad some Power the giftie gie usTo see oursels as ithers see us…… When the Bard of Ayrshire, the great Rabbie Burns, penned those immortal words “O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us” I’m not entirely sure he had in mind that the ‘Power’ would be […]

Donna Bowers
12 January 2021
Richard Paterson awarded OBE in 2021 New Year Honours

Whyte & Mackay master distiller Richard Paterson was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to the Scotch whisky industry. Paterson recently celebrated 50 years at the firm, and he was handed the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Spirits Challenge 2020. He is nicknamed “The Nose” thanks to his peerless […]

Donna Bowers
6 January 2021
Grant Gordon awarded OBE in 2021 New Year Honours

Grant Gordon has been awarded OBE in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to philanthropy including during the COVID 19 response. Grant is chair of Distillers’ Charity committee and has been heavily involved in our charitable fund raising, including in 2020 which produced a record increase due to the generous response from the Livery. […]

Donna Bowers
21 December 2020
Christmas greetings on behalf of the Master & Wardens

In the much loved tradition of great Christmas television, please enjoy our “masterclass” in cocktail making with a festive twist.  Middle Warden Chris Searle does a masterful job of introducing some delicious recipes. I am particularly glad to see the Brandy Alexandre Dumas since it features my favourite author (I’ll be Athos, if you want […]

Donna Bowers
23 November 2020
Our First Virtual Installation Ceremony

If any proof were required that the Distillers are a resilient Company, undaunted by challenges or technology, then the Installation Ceremony for our new Master surely provided it.  The Clerk opened the ceremony by stating “The Court is summoned pursuant to the Company’s Charters for the Installation of its Officers for the ensuing year.” Thereupon […]

Donna Bowers
13 November 2020
An interview with the Master Elect

Now available to view on our YouTube channel: An interview with the current Master Elect, Jonathan Driver. Part one of a three part interview, we learn about the Master Elects background, his time so far with the Distillers and what the future holds for the future Master. To view this interview, click below or visit: […]

Donna Bowers
21 October 2020
Meet with the Master: Now available on our YouTube Channel

In the current climate of Covid-19 and restrictions on Liverymen gatherings, the Master has kindly given up some of his time to reach out to members via our new YouTube Channel, in the first of a series of interviews to be published. This new ‘digital’ way of staying in touch with members, ensures we preserve […]

Donna Bowers
20 October 2020
London Recharged: The Lord Mayors Vision for London

The Lord Mayor, Rt.Hon. William Russell, has released a 64 page report, titled London Recharged: Our vision for London in 2025, commissioned by the City of London Corporation to outline the recovery of business in London following Covid-19 and its long-term competitiveness to 2025. “Our vision for London in 2025 is attainable, but also ambitious. The […]

Donna Bowers
20 October 2020
Queen’s Birthday Honour for Livery member

We are delighted that one of our Liverymen, Commodore James Parkin has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List where Her Majesty has appointed him as a Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). Our warmest congratulations go to James from everyone in the Worshipful Company […]

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Industry News

Brockmans Gin hands UK distribution to Proximo Spirits
21 October 2021

Brockmans Gin has signed Proximo Spirits as its new UK distributor. The agreement, announced today, sees the Bushmills Irish Whiskey…Read More…
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Pernod Ricard unveils Beefeater London Travel Edition bottle
21 October 2021

Pernod Ricard has launched a new bottle for its Beefeater gin brand exclusively for a UK-based Travel Retail store chain….Read More…
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Johnnie Walker master blender Dr Jim Beveridge retiring
20 October 2021

Dr Emma Walker to take over role as Johnnie Walker master blender

Teeling unveils new Single Grain Whiskey
3 September 2021

Teeling 13 Years Old Irish Single Grain is distiller’s second single grain whiskey


Charity, Industry and Fellowship - the three tenets of The Worshipful Company of Distillers, combining in The Cognac 350, a charitable ride from Mansion House to Cognac by the Distillers’ Vélo Club to mark the Company’s 350th year.

Jonny Fowle, @Sothebys spirits specialist: “This landmark sale, compiling such significant donations from so many world-renowned brands, shows the strength of community spirit in the Scotch whisky industry"

It was so good to be back at Mansion House for the WCD (usually) annual banquet. As always, wonderful fare, camaraderie and entertainment! Slàinte!

@theginguild - new member installation at #MansionHouse London 15/10/21 - it’s good to be getting back to live events again. Welcoming members and new installees.
Wearing @theginguild sprig with pride