Whisky Magazine Issue 27
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The best way to sell booze is, in my opinion, to let people try it. However, because of the potency of our chosen spirit, sampling needs to take place under controlled circumstances. And let's not forget that the current vogue for whisky events would never have been possible without the
great whisky barons.
So to Andrew Usher. Richard Paterson is a man so immaculate and dynamic that a sobriquet such as the James Bond of blending does him little justice. Richard took it upon himself to arrange a lunch to commemorate the life of Andrew Usher, (see pages 28 to 30) a man with as good a claim as any to be called ‘the founding father of whisky blending'. Richard invited representatives from all the Scotch whisky producers to attend. This was possibly the first time that all the rival blenders have gathered under the same roof. The Kyndal boardroom was a veritable Who's Who of Scotch whisky: among those present were Robert Hicks (Allied Distillers), Ewan Mackintosh (Gordon & MacPhail), Jim McEwan (Bruichladdich Distillery Co.), Jim Milne (International Whisky), John Ramsay (Edrington Group), Maureen Robinson (Diageo), David Stewart (Wm Grant & Sons), Andrew Symington (Signatory Whisky Company), Billy Walker (Burn Stewart Distillers) as well as two exceptional retired
Master Blenders, Ian Grieve and Donald Mackinlay. Not to mention Richard himself, Colin Scott, David Boyd, Dr Nicholas Morgan, Dr Jim Beveridge, Dr Michael Moss, Michael Jackson and even Mark Usher, a descendant of A...