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Donna Bowers
27 August 2020

September 16th – 22nd 2020 PLEASE HELP US RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE FOR 9 OUTSTANDING CHARITIES As I am sure you are aware, I rather stupidly said I would do something different for Charity in my Master’s year. Well, this year has certainly been different from anything I could possibly have imagined, but […]

Donna Bowers
29 July 2020
First ever International Installation by Zoom for the Livery!

On July 24th, three new freemen were installed in a virtual ceremony spanning three countries. Martin Brown Jr. and Marshall Farrer were proposed by family member and Court Assistant Garvin Brown, and were dialing in from the US to connect with the Masters and Wardens Committee. Henri Sizaret who is currently living in Portugal, was […]

Donna Bowers
24 July 2020
First virtual Installation Ceremony held for new liverymen

The first virtual installation ceremony for new liverymen to be accepted into the company took place last Friday, led by the Master with the Wardens and Clerk in attendance, and the nominees were accompanied by their Court sponsors. The Oaths to the Livery were supervised by the Clerk, and each candidature in turn read out […]

Donna Bowers
12 July 2020
Diageo launches $100 million recovery fund to help pubs and bars welcome back customers after lockdown

New global programme to help pubs and bars recover from COVID-19, supporting jobs and communities around the world Practical equipment for outlets to implement new social distancing measures, digital skills training and contactless technology Diageo calls on governments to provide long-term recovery packages for the hospitality sector 24 June 2020: Diageo, maker of GUINNESS, has today […]

Donna Bowers
10 July 2020

A survey of more than 11,000 people across nine countries has found:  84% of drinkers are drinking the same or less alcohol during shutdowns, with almost one in three people (30%) saying they are drinking less or have stopped  Of the 11% drinking more under shutdowns, 72% plan to revert to their old drinking habits  54% of people miss socializing and dining out at restaurants or bars, second only to socializing with family and friends (64%)  […]

Donna Bowers
30 June 2020
Blooming Zooming June

Whilst the South of the UK experienced something of a heatwave Scotland remained mercifully much cooler but with its fair share of decent weather interspersed by some very heavy rainfall.

Donna Bowers
19 June 2020
Emergency Online Auction Raises £53,090 for The Drinks Trust

As a result of your extraordinary generosity we can report that OurEmergency On-Line Auction closed last night and raised £53,090.THANK-YOU We are absolutely thrilled to share this news with you. This means that with our previous additional donation of £50,000, the Distillers’ Charity has donated over £100,000 to The Drinks Trust since March. This is […]

Donna Bowers
16 June 2020
Reasons to be cheerful?

Thinking of material for “The Masters Blog” is becoming increasingly more difficult as Lock Down continues – as you are all about to witness, if you read further. Looking on the downside, if that’s all we do, only serves to remind one of what a horrible, almost hellish, situation we are all in at the […]

Donna Bowers
16 June 2020
HMS Montrose

Latest newsletter received from our affiliate, HMS Montrose with an update on their current activities. Click on the link to view.

Donna Bowers
3 June 2020

Like all others in this current environment, A (London Scottish) Company has experienced a huge change as a result of the unprecedented crisis. However, the resilience and adaptability of our soldiers has seen continued Tuesday and Wednesday evening training taking place as usual, through remote channels, with great success. A (London Scottish) Company is at […]

Donna Bowers
28 May 2020
The Drinks Trust Launches Wellness Services

The Drinks Trust Increases Wellness Services to Tackle CV19 Needs and Beyond With the support of industry donors and numerous fundraising efforts within its community, The Drinks Trust has recently completed a round of one-off financial grants to assist just under 2000 of those who face loss of earnings as a result of CV19. The […]

Donna Bowers
18 May 2020
Chancellor visits the distillery to see hand sanitiser production

Kent-based Copper Rivet Distillery believes that demand for hand sanitisers will grow exponentially once lockdown has ended…. …and that their stunningly beautiful distillery beside the River Medway in Chatham will continue to produce high quality hand sanitiser alongside its premium spirits. Since March, 60,000 50cl bottles of Russell’s Hand Sanitiser have been despatched. “People might […]

Donna Bowers
10 May 2020
Lockdown, Labradors and Lycra

For inspiration on what to include in my blog I normally turn first to my past month’s diary and  am always surprised at how quickly time has passed and how many of the things I had already forgotten about. This month’s blog was always going to be a challenge and a glance back at the […]

Donna Bowers
17 April 2020

Dear Liveryman, Further to the recent communication from the Master, I am now informing you of the fundraising initiative being undertaken by the Distillers’ Charity (no 1038763) for The Drinks Trust, formerly The Benevolent, which is experiencing an unprecedented volume of applications for help and assistance. PLEASE ACT NOW BY SUPPORTING OUR ONLINE SPIRITS AUCTION […]

Donna Bowers
16 April 2020
Master’s Blog – March 2020

The beginning of March doesn’t seem a month ago. It seems more like a different age on another planet. Although Covid 19 was already beginning to raise it’s ugly head and wreak havoc on our Livery plans (more on that later), it seemed still distant and something that was happening elsewhere in the world. Life […]

Donna Bowers
7 April 2020

Following our recent communication, I want to update you on The Distillers response to the COVID 19 crisis and what you can do to help your Livery and what your Livery can do to help you if needed.

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Industry News

Beam Suntory heads to New York in HQ move
26 January 2021

Beam Suntory is set to switch its corporate headquarters from Chicago to New York.

The Gin Guild warns against 'misleading' marketing for no and low-alcohol drinks
26 January 2021

Guild pushing to stop spirits brands ‘piggybacking’ on gin category to market no and low-alcohol products

Eden Mill Hip Flask Series 16 & 17 single malt Scotch whiskies – Product Launch
25 January 2021

Scotch whisky distiller Eden Mill has released two new expressions in its Hip Flask miniatures range.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum celebrates namesake tattoo artist with jewellery range
14 January 2021

Spiced rum brand marks Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins’ 110th birthday


The Worshipful Company of Distillers congratulate Whyte & Mackay master distiller Richard Paterson who has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for services to the Scotch whisky industry.

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The Worshipful Company of Distillers would like to congratulate Grant Gordon and Richard Paterson, Master Blender at Whyte and Mackay, for receiving OBE's in the 2021 New Year Honours list.

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Our Christmas cocktails video featuring cocktails from Armagnac, Glenlivet malt whisky, Hendricks gin and Aberfeldy 12yo malt is now available.

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This years edition of 'The Distillate' is now available to view on The Worshipful Company of Distillers website. Click here to read the magazine in full:
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