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Donna Bowers
13 October 2020
Masters Blog – Summer Special

Those of you of a certain age will no doubt have had a favourite comic and will doubtless remember the eagerly awaited Summer Special. It was an extra-long edition designed to keep children amused during the long summer holidays, although it normally arrived during our holidays and was waiting on our return home and was […]

Donna Bowers
4 October 2020
New members receive Freedom of the Livery

Duncan Baldwin, James Pennefather and Olivier Nicolai were recently granted the freedom of the livery in another virtual ceremony. Duncan currently works for Angus Dundee Distillers , James is Regional director for W.Grants and Sons, and Olivier is a city Analyst for Goldman Sachs, advising clients on investments in the spirits industry amongst other responsibilities. The Master welcomed […]

Donna Bowers
4 October 2020
New Commanding Officer for Military Affiliate 825 NAS

Our military affiliate 825 Naval Air Squadron has a new Commanding Officer and it is with great enthusiasm and that we welcome Commander Scott Simpson to his new post, taking over from Cdr Duncan Thomas. Past Master David Raines, and wife Jenny, very kindly hosted us as we endeavoured to plan some events which will […]

Donna Bowers
4 October 2020
603 Squadron Update

The past six months for 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron have been dominated to a great extent by the shared experience of dealing with Covid-19. Indeed, the Squadron’s new Officer Commanding (OC) Squadron Leader Derek Read joined from RAF Force Protection HQ on 20th March, just days before the Prime Minister announced the rigorous restrictions that […]

Donna Bowers
4 October 2020
Latest HMS Montrose Newsletter Now Available

Follow the latest activities of the crew aboard HMS Montrose, the impact of Covid 19, training and charity fundraising. To read the full newsletter, click on the link below: HMS Montrose July/August 2020 Newsletter

Donna Bowers
18 September 2020
Installation of the Master into the Schiedam Guild of Genever Distillers

The Master in the first international virtual ceremony, received the honour of being installed in the Guild of Genever Distillers based in Schiedam and received a wooden medal of the Golden Glass. The Master participated via Zoom and another new liveryman, Amanda Garnham from BNIC was similarly honoured! The Guild is an ancient order, set up by the local […]

Donna Bowers
16 September 2020
The Master’s Charity Bike Ride goes ahead under “Rule Six Restrictions”

We are providing an update on the Distillers 500 event in light of the new restrictions put in place by both the UK Government and Scottish Government with effect from Monday 14th September to combat the spread of Covid 19 (the “Rule of Six”). The organisers had already completed a detailed Health & Safety risk […]

Donna Bowers
7 September 2020

There is still time to support our riders and sponsor them via our JustGiving page. Show your support today and visit: THE MASTER: Kenny MacKay Having started my career in 1977, I have lived through some remarkablechanges in our industry – This continuum is also reflected in ourmembership, with somewhere over 85% of our […]

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 […]

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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