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Aaron Jeewood
20 October 2022
Inaugural Distiller’s Inter Livery Golf Day

On a foggy, soggy morning in the Surrey Hills, teams of 4 from 10 Livery Companies assembled at Tandridge Golf Club to take part in the first Inter-Livery Golf Day, organised by our Master and Hon Golf Secretary, Graham Franklin A great day was had by all, with the team from the International Bankers (captained […]

Aaron Jeewood
13 October 2022
Distillers One Of One Charity Auction Will Return to Edinburgh for Second Edition in October 2023

The world’s most distinguished ultra-rare whisky auction, the Distillers One of One, has announced that the second edition will take place at Hopetoun House near Edinburgh on Thursday, 5th October 2023. In partnership with Sotheby’s, the Distillers One of One brings together an unparalleled collection of one-off, never-to-be-repeated Scotch whiskies from distilleries across the length […]

Aaron Jeewood
3 October 2022
Court Trip To Islay

My two predecessors, Past Masters MacKay and Driver had been unfortunate enough have had the plans for a Court Trip in their years (to Japan and Speyside respectively) scuppered by the pandemic. I therefore felt it very important to restore the tradition of the Master’s Court Trip this year. I chose the magnificent island of […]

Aaron Jeewood
3 October 2022
Distillers Golf Society: Scottish Distillers VS RAF 603 (Edinburgh) Squadron

The Royal Burgess Golf Society, Edinburgh We met at The Royal Burgess Golf Society on a beautiful fresh sunny day in early October and after a coffee and bacon roll we headed to the first tee. The weather was perfect for golf with glorious early autumn sunshine and a slight breeze. The course was in […]

Aaron Jeewood
3 October 2022
The Business of Spirits – A VTEC Seminar Day

On Thursday 29th Sept a small team from the WCD Vocational Training and Education Committee (VTEC) gathered at 8.00am sharp in London at the WSET Bermondsey office – a short distance from where the WCD Velo team were starting their epic cycle ride to Schiedam, Netherlands. I am proud of both teams for delivering tremendous […]

Aaron Jeewood
3 October 2022
Scottish Court & Livery Dinner – the Signet Library Edinburgh

On the 22nd September Liverymen and their guests met at the Signet Library for the annual Scottish dinner at this unique and splendid venue in the centre of Edinburgh’s Old Town completed in 1822 in time for the celebrated visit to Edinburgh of King George IV, who described the upper library, where we enjoyed dinner, […]

Aaron Jeewood
28 September 2022
Sheep Drive and Livery Fair

On Sunday Sept 22nd the Master took the opportunity to take part in this year’s Sheep Drive and Livery Fair. Organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, this annual event supporting the Woolmen and the Lord Mayor’s Charity, is free for the public and friends and family to attend. Many Livery Companies took part, not […]

Aaron Jeewood
26 September 2022
The 350th Anniversary Appeal – Velo Club Challenge

The Distillers Velo Club Back In The Saddle For Worshipful Company’s 350th Anniversary Charity Appeal A 350Km riding challenge from the City of London to Schiedam, Netherlands The Challenge The Distillers Velo Club will ride 350km over 3 days from the City of London to Schiedam, Netherlands to raise a significant sum of money through […]

Ewan Lacey
22 September 2022
Military Affiliates involvement in Her Late Majesty’s state funeral

Our Military Affiliates have individual and collective stories, sharing their contribution to what was a very sad but very proud day for them, for us, for our nation.  603 Squadron (City of Edinburgh) Royal Auxiliary Airforce There was a special bond between Her Majesty and 603 Squadron. Starting in 1951, the Squadron was honoured when the […]

Aaron Jeewood
20 September 2022
The Spirited Walking Tour of London – 350 Years of History

5pm, 12th October 2022 In honour of the Worshipful Company of Distiller’s 350th Anniversary and The Master’s Anniversary Appeal, award-winning drinks historians Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown are conducting a charity Spirited Walk of London’s West End that traces the rich history of the capital’s distilling trade. From its rise in apothecary shops, and the […]

Aaron Jeewood
9 September 2022
HM Queen Elizabeth II – Requiescat in pace

HM Queen Elizabeth II21st April 1926 – 8th September 2022 I am certain that each and every one of you will share my profound sense of loss and sadness at the news this afternoon of the death of our longest serving Monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II. Her unwavering sense of duty, loyal service and love […]

Aaron Jeewood
7 September 2022
Southwestern Distillery – Master’s Distillery Visit

Off a small lane that meanders through the stunning Cornish landscape which rolls between Wadebridge and Padstow lies a huddle of farm buildings that is home of Southwest Distillery and Tarquin’s Gin, one of the great gin success stories of recent years. Alison and I were joined by Liveryman Chris Nadin, Chairman of our Distiller’s […]

Ewan Lacey
15 August 2022
Glen Grant 1952 – Unique Auction Opportunity

Our Master, Chris Porter, has made a very special whisky in a beautiful decanter available in the Whisky.Auction September sale (closing on 13th September.) The Glen Grant Private Collection 1952, Gordon & MacPhail. 70 Year Old – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 70cl. This bottle was donated by Gordon & MacPhail to Chris Porter to raise money […]

Aaron Jeewood
10 August 2022
Warner’s Distillery – Master’s Distillery Visit

I met the ebullient Tom Warner, one of the speakers at our City Debate in June. Not only was I taken with his ability to win the argument and sway the audience on the night, but was lucky enough to be given an open invitation to visit Warner’s Gin. It was an offer that was […]

Aaron Jeewood
29 July 2022
An Insight into the Spirit & Wine Committee

The Committee has been in existence in its current form since 2012 when the decision was taken by the Company that Masters should not pay for the wines and Champagne served in their year at Livery functions, as had been tradition in the past. This was part of “easing the Masters burden” and was a […]

Aaron Jeewood
28 July 2022
Inter-Livery Petanque Competition

On a balmy summer evening in Vauxhall, the first Inter-Livery Petanque challenge took place under the trees in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, home to the London Petanque Club (LPC) who were our hosts and referees for the evening. A total of 17 teams took part, 3 from the Distillers, 2 from the Educators, and others […]

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Industry News

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16 April 2024

The spirits company has confirmed the appointment of Carlo Coppola as president of North America

Former head of UK Civil Service selected as next Diageo chair
20 March 2024

Sir John Manzoni, former chief executive of the UK Civil Service, will take over from Javier Ferrán in 2025

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 …
The post Fever-Tree toasts bumper US performance in 2021 – trading update appeared first on Just Drinks.

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 – …
The post Britvic upbeat on 2022 as Omicron fails to dent pre-Christmas growth – trading update appeared first on Just Drinks.

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