Mas­ter blen­der Jim toasts OBE for ser­vices to whisky in­dus­try

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY NEIL DRYS­DALE

He has worked tire­lessly to spread the word about Scot­land’s na­tional drink for nearly 40 years.

So there was un­der­stand­able de­light among his family and friends when John­nie Walker mas­ter blen­der Dr Jim Bev­eridge was awarded an OBE by the Queen yes­ter­day for his out­stand­ing ser­vice to the Scotch whisky in­dus­try.

Recognisin­g a re­mark­able ca­reer with lead­ing dis­till­ing com­pany Di­a­geo, he was pre­sented with his OBE dur­ing the in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony at Wind­sor Cas­tle.

Through­out his ca­reer, he has es­tab­lished him­self as one of the most highly re­spected fig­ures in the in­dus­try, renowned for his skill and ded­i­ca­tion.

Dr Bev­eridge is only the sixth per­son in two cen­turies of the com­pany’s his­tory to have held the po­si­tion of mas­ter blen­der, the first be­ing founder John Walker him­self.

He will cel­e­brate 40 years with the firm in 2020 and, to mark the oc­ca­sion, has been asked to work with his team on a unique 40-year-old whisky.

Based at Di­a­geo’s blend­ing rooms in Clack­man­nan­shire, he leads a team of 12 blenders re­spon­si­ble for the qual­ity and con­sis­tency of all the com­pany’s brands.

He has been the re­cip­i­ent of sev­eral in­dus­try ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing be­ing in­ducted into the World Whisky Hall of Fame in 2015, and he was named Mas­ter Blen­der of the Year by the In­ter­na­tional Whisky Com­pe­ti­tion in 2016 for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive year.

Dr Bev­eridge yes­ter­day ded­i­cated his award to his col­leagues across the Scotch whisky in­dus­try.

He said: “It was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence to re­ceive this award and it’s an hon­our that I am de­lighted to re­ceive on be­half of all the peo­ple I have worked with in Scotch whisky over the past four decades.”

Di­a­geo’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Ivan Menezes, said: “This is wor­thy recog­ni­tion of an ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reer span­ning four decades.”

RECOG­NI­TION: Nov­el­ist Mar­garet At­wood with her award at Wind­sor Cas­tle

John­nie Walker mas­ter blen­der Dr Jim Bev­eridge shows off his OBE

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