The Scottish Whisky Awards judging panel is an independently appointed panel. 

Thank you to the 2021 Judging Panel for their commitment and contribution to the competition.
 

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    Alan Wolstenholme CHAIR OF THE JUDGING PANEL

    Alan is an Honorary Professor of Heriot Watt University’s International Centre of Brewing and Distilling, Master Distiller Examiner for The Institute of Brewing and Distilling and one of the longest...
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    Alan is an Honorary Professor of Heriot Watt University’s International Centre of Brewing and Distilling, Master Distiller Examiner for The Institute of Brewing and Distilling and one of the longest serving Keepers of the Quaich.

    Alan is Founder and Managing Director of Caledonian Solutions Limited and is a consultant to the Scotch Whisky, International Whiskey, and similar process industries. He works with clients in the USA, Ireland and the Far East as well as the UK.

    Alan entered the spirits industry, after leaving University, with Distillers Company Ltd. (now Diageo) and gained experience in a variety of technical and production management roles across Scotland.

    He is the former Distilleries Director for Wm. Grant and Sons operating both a large Grain Whisky (Girvan) and several Malt Whisky distilleries (Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie) with responsibility for sourcing all raw materials and processing them into distilled products (Malt and Grain Whisky, Grain Neutral Spirit and Gin), and also cooperage, maturation and blending.

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    Alan Wolstenholme

    CHAIR OF THE JUDGING PANEL
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    Vic Cameron WHISKY CONSULTANT

    Following a long spanning career in whisky production, Vic is now becoming known as an excellent educator and coach in the distilling business; Senior Teacher at the Edinburgh Whisky Academy and Whisky...
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    Following a long spanning career in whisky production, Vic is now becoming known as an excellent educator and coach in the distilling business; Senior Teacher at the Edinburgh Whisky Academy and Whisky Lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands sees him teaching at a high standard. He is also involved in sensory evaluation, distillery design and build and process optimisation here in Scotland, but also in Europe and the Far East. Recent projects include commissioning a craft maltings and mentoring a potential start up business through Highlands and Islands Enterprise. As well as his business enterprises Vic is pastor at a church in the north of Scotland and is involved in running an orphan and widow feeding station in Andhra Pradesh in India.

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    Vic Cameron

    WHISKY CONSULTANT
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    Mike Aikman TASTE JUDGE

    Mike is a Scottish bartender turned bar owner operating 3 venues in Edinburgh (Bramble, Lucky Liquor Co & The Last Word) with his business partner Jason Scott. All 3 bars have won various awards, most...
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    Mike is a Scottish bartender turned bar owner operating 3 venues in Edinburgh (Bramble, Lucky Liquor Co & The Last Word) with his business partner Jason Scott.

    All 3 bars have won various awards, most notably Bramble (consistently placing in Drinks International Worlds 50 Best Bars, Best Bar in Observer Food Monthly Awards etc).

    Mike himself won “Innovator of The Year” in Imbibe Magazine’s ‘Personality of The Year Awards 2016’, alongside friend, collaborator and old Bramble alumni Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan).

    Mike also co-founded events and consultancy company Mothership (Scotland) Ltd who have consulted, advised and operated several high profile events over the years including bars for a Royal Wedding, The Golf Open multiple times and training and consultancy for some of Scotland’s best bars and restaurants.

    Most recently Mike launched brand distribution company, Base Spirits, as well as several independent brands including SeaWolf Rum, Braemble, Cross Brew, Lucky Liqueurs and Bramble Whisky Company.

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    Mike Aikman

    TASTE JUDGE
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    Jon Beach TASTE JUDGE

    Fiddler’s Highland Restaurant & Whisky Bar, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness. Over the past two decades Jon has built Fiddler’s up into a busy restaurant with an award-winning Malt Whisky selection...
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    Fiddler’s Highland Restaurant & Whisky Bar, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness.

    Over the past two decades Jon has built Fiddler’s up into a busy restaurant with an award-winning Malt Whisky selection collecting five SLTN awards on the way. Three years ago a Craft Beer and Spirit bar was added next door specialising in locally-brewed beers and the best of Scotland’s Gins and Craft Spirits.

    When not in Fiddler’s Jon is often found travelling around Scotland and beyond searching for the best and the rarest Whiskies for his bar.

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    Jon Beach

    TASTE JUDGE
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    Blair Bowman TASTE JUDGE

    Blair Bowman is an in demand whisky writer and consultant specialising in Scotch whisky. His book The Pocket Guide to Whisky: featuring the WhiskyTubeMap was published in May 2017. He is passionate about...
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    Blair Bowman is an in demand whisky writer and consultant specialising in Scotch whisky.

    His book The Pocket Guide to Whisky: featuring the WhiskyTubeMap was published in May 2017. He is passionate about introducing the world to whisky and has been involved in the whisky industry since he was of legal drinking age, firstly as a co-founder of a whisky society and latterly as the founder of World Whisky Day.

    Blair has been actively promoting whisky for over ten years, writing professionally about it as well as sitting on judging panels at competitions and tasting panels. He now acts as a consultant to the whisky industry on a wide variety of matters. 

    In addition to his passion and involvement with whisky, Blair also regularly hosts gin masterclasses across Scotland.  He has also judged international spirits and gin competitions such as the Denver International Spirits Competition and is passionate about championing Scottish craft gins.

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    Blair Bowman

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    David Brown TASTE JUDGE

    Somewhat of an industry veteran, David started his career with Allied Domeq in 1990, initially in the on-trade with Alloa Brewery before moving over to manage sales of their spirits brands including Laphroaig,...
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    Somewhat of an industry veteran, David started his career with Allied Domeq in 1990, initially in the on-trade with Alloa Brewery before moving over to manage sales of their spirits brands including Laphroaig, Glendronach, Scapa, Ballantines, Teachers, Courvoisier and Beefeater Gin.

    He was presented with the prestigious Champion Beer of Britain in 2002, for Deuchars IPA whilst marketing director of Caledonian Brewery in Edinburgh.

    As commercial director for Belhaven (Greene King) he created a number of interesting and successful bars including Albanach whisky bar on the’ Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

    In 2006 he became sales director of Whyte & Mackay and under the tutelage of the legendary Richard Paterson he was part of the team who restablished the Dalmore as the iconic brand we know today.

    He left Whyte & Mackay in 2015 to help develop the Glasgow distillery, and was inducted into the Scottish licensed trade hall of fame in the same year.

    David was appointed Managing Director of John Crabbie & Co in 2018, and took on the challenge of rediscovering the Crabbie scotch whisky brand, whos’ history dates back to 1801. He built two distilleries in Edinburgh bringing single malt production back to his home city for the first time in a century. 

    Now an independent consultant David, enjoys working with the new generation of distillers and distilleries on creating the innovative whiskies of the future. He also sources and bottles casks of rare scotch whisky for private clients. His passion for whisky is only matched by his passion for fast cars … but not at the same time!

    David said “ I am delighted to have been asked to be part of the elite judging panel at the 2020 Scottish Whisky Awards”. “ As Alexander McCall put it:

     “Whisky nosers, as they called themselves, eschewed what they saw as the pretentiousness of wine vocabulary. While oenophiles resorted to recondite adjectives, whisky nosers spoke the language of everyday life, detecting hints of stale seaweed, or even diesel fuel.”

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    David Brown

    TASTE JUDGE
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    Sian Buchan TASTE JUDGE

    Sian Buchan has been in the hospitality industry since she was 18 years old, having worked around Scotland in a selection of venues from Student Union to High Volume Cocktail Bar. Having worked in an ambassadorial...
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    Sian Buchan has been in the hospitality industry since she was 18 years old, having worked around Scotland in a selection of venues from Student Union to High Volume Cocktail Bar. Having worked in an ambassadorial role for gin & whisky for some time, Sian missed the buzz of behind the bar and joined the team at Panda & Sons for a few years before finally plucking up the courage to open her own venue with business partner John Mclellan. Uno Mas is a late night bar focusing on delicious drinks and great music and opened in February this year!

    Sian loves a New York Sour or a Highball but usually takes a whisky and a cider half and half!

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    Sian Buchan

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    James Campbell BUSINESS JUDGE

    James Campbell has more than 40 years of extensive experience providing accounting, tax and business advice, to Scottish Businesses A former Chairman of Johnston Carmichael, James was for more than 25...
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    James Campbell has more than 40 years of extensive experience providing accounting, tax and business advice, to Scottish Businesses

    A former Chairman of Johnston Carmichael, James was for more than 25 years part of the senior team of Partners who managed the transformation of the business from a relatively small regional firm to one with a substantial national presence. Today, Johnston Carmichael is the largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers in Scotland with offices in 13 locations and more than 800 staff and Partners.

    He is a former Director of Highlands & Islands Enterprise (Moray), currently works as a Non- Executive Director and has been Chairman of Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival since 2012 and Chairman of Inverness Airport Business Park since 2016 

    In 2017, James became a Keeper of the Quaich and recently was honoured to become a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers

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    James Campbell

    BUSINESS JUDGE
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    Ryan Chetiyawardana TASTE JUDGE

    Award-winning Ryan Chetiyawardana (A.K.A Mr Lyan) has been involved in several of the World’s best bars for over eighteen years. Recognised for his cutting-edge innovation, he sets the trends within...
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    Award-winning Ryan Chetiyawardana (A.K.A Mr Lyan) has been involved in several of the World’s best bars for over eighteen years. Recognised for his cutting-edge innovation, he sets the trends within the drinks world. 

    He helps design and judge several notable national and international competitions whilst acting as a mentor to competitors, and helping shape the new wave of competitions. Aside from cocktail and bar competitions Ryan has been a judge for the GQ Food & Drinks Awards, the Guild of Food Writer’s awards, and the Fortnum & Mason Food & Drinks Awards. 

    His worldwide venues include Lyaness (London), Super Lyan (Amsterdam) and Silver Lyan (Washington D.C).

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    Ryan Chetiyawardana

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    Colin Church BUSINESS JUDGE

    Colin launched Big Red Teapot Ltd in July 2008 with friend and business partner, Martin Luney and has gone from strength to strength - encompassing Hamilton’s Bar and Kitchen, Treacle, The Blackbird,...
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    Colin launched Big Red Teapot Ltd in July 2008 with friend and business partner, Martin Luney and has gone from strength to strength - encompassing Hamilton’s Bar and Kitchen, Treacle, The Blackbird, Big Red Events and recently purchased their first freehold – The Voyage of Buck, in Edinburgh’s West End.

    Their individual approach to design, cocktails and food has allowed the group to win a number of prestigious awards including young entrepreneur of the year, various Scottish food and drink awards and two Scottish style awards – twice winning most stylish bar in Scotland, a feat never before achieved.

    Ever focused on supporting the drinks industry in Edinburgh – Colin is a director of the West End BID, was instrumental at the global tales of the cocktail showcase held in Edinburgh and is very much recognised as a driver for small businesses across the city Outside the drinks industry, Colin is an experienced skier, a successful golfer, husband to fellow entrepreneur, Sarah and proud dad to two cats – Flash and Ollie.

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    Colin Church

    BUSINESS JUDGE
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    Marc Crothall BUSINESS JUDGE

    Appointed as the first CEO of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) Marc has been at its helm since its inception in 2012. He is responsible for the day to day operations and leadership of the organisation...
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    Appointed as the first CEO of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) Marc has been at its helm since its inception in 2012. He is responsible for the day to day operations and leadership of the organisation which is the overarching tourism industry trade body and acknowledged as being “The lead representative voice of Scotland’s Tourism Industry”.

    The STA has under its umbrella of membership circa 70% of the c20,000 tourism facing business that operate length and breadth of the country. The organisation are lead strategic guardians and co-ordinators of Scotland’s national tourism Strategy Tourism Scotland 2020 (TS2020). The STA are also the joint lead with sister trade body Scotland Food and Drink of Scotland’s first Food Tourism Strategy and Marc chairs the National Food Tourism Leadership Board

    Marc is a member of the Tourism Leadership Group (TLG) that has shaped and now steers Tourism Scotland 2020 (TS2020), He chairs the National Tourism Strategy Steering group that is charged with leading the development of the national tourism strategy and action plan “Beyond2020”. He is also the industry representative on the Scottish Government’s High- Level Tourism Working Group (HLTWG) chaired by the Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP.

    Marc also Chairs the STA Industry Council is a member of the UK Government’s Scottish Business Task Force, and is an advisory board member of Springboard Scotland, and a board member of Interface

    Prior to taking up his post with the STA Marc spent 35+ years working in the front line of the Hospitality, Event, Sport & Leisure industries across the globe for both large high profile multinational organisations such as Gilbey’s (South Africa), Sheraton Hotels, Compass Group, The Tussauds Group (now Merlin), Amadeus, Whitbread, David Lloyd Leisure and some leading medium and small rural hotel business’ too.

    He believes whole heartedly that “Tourism is Everyone’s Business” and that providing great experiences, investing in people, technology and service quality are the essential ingredients to making Scotland’s visitor economy thrive and prosper in the way it does.

    His passion is rugby and he is a lover of all things Scottish, especially his Glaswegian wife, his five Scottish born children 29yrs to twins of 12 and the nation’s food and drink!

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    Marc Crothall

    BUSINESS JUDGE
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    Jack Dalton TASTE JUDGE

    Jack is the UK & International Sales Manager at the Edinburgh Whisky Academy; the only SQA certified centre of learning for whisky education. He is responsible for developing relationships with industry...
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    Jack is the UK & International Sales Manager at the Edinburgh Whisky Academy; the only SQA certified centre of learning for whisky education. He is responsible for developing relationships with industry customers and also heads up the Approved Course Provider programme; recruiting and developing teaching partners around the world.
    Originally from the small village of Tomatin in the Scottish Highlands, Jack has always been passionate about Scotch whisky. Having worked in the drinks industry since leaving university, where he studied Spanish and Italian, Jack has worked in a variety of roles. After a couple of years in wine retail, he moved into commercial sales when he joined Mast-Jägermeister working with the independent free trade and national accounts, and then joined the whisky industry in 2020 with the Academy.

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    Jack Dalton

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    Graeme Dempster BUSINESS JUDGE

    Graeme, an Account Executive at Bruce Stevenson, is an experienced Chartered Commercial Insurance Broker having worked within the industry for over 20 years. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance...
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    Graeme, an Account Executive at Bruce Stevenson, is an experienced Chartered Commercial Insurance Broker having worked within the industry for over 20 years. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII) and holds an Advanced Diploma professional insurance qualification which demonstrates an enhanced understanding of insurance practices, both in technical subject matter and application.

    Graeme’s particular area of expertise lies within the whisky sector - helping new and established distilleries, whisky brokers, bonded warehouse operators and independent bottlers and blenders. He designs insurance programmes that are specifically tailored to the whisky industry but bespoke to individual businesses.

    With a passion for all things whisky, Graeme has developed an understanding of the unique risks associated with whisky production and maturation which has enabled Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers to become the ‘Broker of Choice’ to the whisky industry.

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    Graeme Dempster

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    Rosemary Gallagher BUSINESS JUDGE

    Rosemary Gallagher is an experienced journalist and communications professional, with a passion for Scotch whisky. She worked for the Scotch Whisky Association for more than six years and in her role as...
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    Rosemary Gallagher is an experienced journalist and communications professional, with a passion for Scotch whisky.

    She worked for the Scotch Whisky Association for more than six years and in her role as head of communications, raised the profile of the trade body and the wider industry.

    She has worked in journalism and PR in London and Scotland for more than 20 years, including roles as personal finance editor of The Scotsman and business news editor at Scotland on Sunday. She currently freelances for a range of titles, including The Times, Sunday Times, The Scotsman and Insider. She is also a director (part time) with Muckle Media PR in Edinburgh.

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    Rosemary Gallagher

    BUSINESS JUDGE
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    Adrian Gomes TASTE JUDGE

    With a small yet perfectly-formed whisky selection, The Tippling House is recognised by dram-hunters and cocktail aficionados as a 'must-see' bar in the North East of Scotland. Previously shortlisted for...
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    With a small yet perfectly-formed whisky selection, The Tippling House is recognised by dram-hunters and cocktail aficionados as a 'must-see' bar in the North East of Scotland. Previously shortlisted for Imbibe Magazine’s ‘Whisky List of the Year’, the venue’s archive’s include a variety of rare bottlings, shared regularly at tasting events hosted by the highly experienced Tippling team.  Owner/founder Adrian Gomes also heads up 10 Dollar Shake, the events arm of the business, which counts the likes of William Grant & Sons, Brown Forman USA and Glen Turner amongst its clients.

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    Adrian Gomes

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    Jan Groth TASTE JUDGE

    Jan is currently consulting for a new group in Norway who are building a whisky-distillery on the island of Fedje, outside the town of Bergen. Feddie Distillery is planned to open in June 2019. After leaving...
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    Jan is currently consulting for a new group in Norway who are building a whisky-distillery on the island of Fedje, outside the town of Bergen.

    Feddie Distillery is planned to open in June 2019.

    After leaving the bartender-world for the whisky industry in the late nineties, Jan worked closely with several brands underneath the Allied Domecq umbrella, and when they were split, he then looked after the Diageo Nordics whisky-portfolio.

    With a particular interest in new categories and technics in the industry, Jan had the opportunity to work for the recently founded Box/ Highcoast Distillery, and stayed with them for five years, mainly to build their flavor profile and creating a net around the brand worldwide.

    In 2016 he sat down with friends from Box/ Highcoast, Dave Broom and Ingvar Ronde, to create the concept, World Whisky Forum. The first conference was held at Box Distillery 2017.

    The conference then moved to England, and Cotswolds distillery summer 2018. The next event will be held at the Westland distillery in Seattle.

    Jan is also an acclaimed author and has written two books on whisky and food pairing.

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    Jan Groth

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    Colin Hampden-White BUSINESS & TASTE JUDGE

    Colin Hampden-White is a presenter on The Three Drinkers TV series on Amazon Prime, chairman of the Circle of Wine Writers and a Keeper of the Quaich. After starting his career at The Scotsman, he has...
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    Colin Hampden-White is a presenter on The Three Drinkers TV series on Amazon Prime, chairman of the Circle of Wine Writers and a Keeper of the Quaich.

    After starting his career at The Scotsman, he has worked at The Times and FT before becoming the founding editor of Whisky Quarterly.

    In his spare time, Hampden-White is a fine art photographer, working with Vogue Italia. He is represented by the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in London and New York, and has exhibited all over the world including the National Portrait Gallery. He has won the Louis Roederer Award for Artistry and the Born Digital Award for photography.

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    Colin Hampden-White

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    Justine Hazlehurst TASTE JUDGE

    Justine Hazlehurst is the founder of Kask Whisky, a whisky events company based in Edinburgh organising regular tastings and tours. Justine has recently started the Leith Whisky Trail; walking tours, focusing...
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    Justine Hazlehurst is the founder of Kask Whisky, a whisky events company based in Edinburgh organising regular tastings and tours. Justine has recently started the Leith Whisky Trail; walking tours, focusing on the history of the brokers, blenders and bottlers once resident in the area which culminate in a tasting of some ‘blast from the past’ drams all evoking the nostalgia of Leith as a thriving whisky district. Having worked in Fife for many years before giving up her teaching career to pursue her passion to work in the world of whisky, her love of the Kingdom has led her to set up the Fife Whisky Trail as well as jointly establishing the annual Fife Whisky Festival. In addition to writing for her own blog, Justine is a regular contributor to Malt, offering honest opinions and reviews of whisky.

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    Justine Hazlehurst

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    Colin Hinds Taste Judge

    Colin Hinds is an award winning Chef and Restaurateur with over 30 years in the industry. A champion of Scottish produce using modern and classic techniques, exuding flair and artistry. His latest "The...
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    Colin Hinds is an award winning Chef and Restaurateur with over 30 years in the industry. A champion of Scottish produce using modern and classic techniques, exuding flair and artistry. His latest "The Whisky Forager" Restaurant was a natural progression from his previous project, the award winning Seafood Restaurant," Kilted Lobster"; showcasing Colin’s passion for all things Scottish, local and ethical. With Whisky Forager Restaurant, Colin specialised in pairing limited editions, silent distillery, single cask editions and hard to find old and rare whisky with seasonal Scottish produce to create a dining experience that was both unique and bespoke.

    Colin, known aka WhiskyForager on social media is an whisky enthusiast, reviewer, collector and supporter of the whisky Industry, and uses his knowledge to create fun engaging whisky experiences for novices and experts alike.

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    Colin Hinds

    Taste Judge
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    Kyle Jamieson TASTE JUDGE

    Kyle Jamieson is the Co-Owner of Nauticus which is situated in the heart of Leith on duke st. Nauticus opened in August last year after roughly 2 years of planning with Iain McPherson of Panda and Sons...
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    Kyle Jamieson is the Co-Owner of Nauticus which is situated in the heart of Leith on duke st. Nauticus opened in August last year after roughly 2 years of planning with Iain McPherson of Panda and Sons and Hoot the Redeemer fame. Nauticus is a warm and welcoming local pub specialising in Scottish produce and tying in with the amazing history which Leith has to offer. Also has a great selection of rare and unusual whiskies.

    Kyle has been bartender since the age of 18, from starting in his local pub in Stockbridge to moving to Melbourne for a couple of years to managing a few of the best bars in Edinburgh including The Bon Vivant, The Devils Advocate and Panda and Sons and now finally realising his dream and opening his own bar last year.

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    Kyle Jamieson

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    David Johnston BUSINESS JUDGE

    David Johnston is a journalist by trade working in radio and newspapers and leaving the media after a number of years as Managing Director of Radio Forth. Since then he has been involved in a number of...
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    David Johnston is a journalist by trade working in radio and newspapers and leaving the media after a number of years as Managing Director of Radio Forth. Since then he has been involved in a number of businesses both hands on and as an Angel investor. David was one of the original backers of the buy out of the closed down Bruichladdich Distillery, has an interest in a brewing and distilling business based on the Isle of Colonsay where he has had a holiday home for a number of years. His business portfolio also includes non drinks related businesses in finance and technology. Leisure is found in sailing and walking, often in the company of his first grandchild.

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    David Johnston

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    Darren Leitch TASTE JUDGE

    Darren has worked for The Whisky Shop since his late teens back in 1997 and managed their stores in Inverness and in Edinburgh very soon after he began. Darren is now National Retail Manager for the full...
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    Darren has worked for The Whisky Shop since his late teens back in 1997 and managed their stores in Inverness and in Edinburgh very soon after he began. Darren is now National Retail Manager for the full estate, which has grown to 20 shops from Inverness in the North to Brighton in the South and covers most major cities in between. The Whisky Shop in Paris is now in its 4th year. As well as managing the retail side of the business Darren selects all of the single cask and exclusive whiskies, including for their own label, Glenkeir Treasures. At any given time they will usually stock around 80 exclusive products. Darren hosts several tasting events on behalf of the company, from his base in Edinburgh and also around our various branches. Loch Fyne Whiskies is also part of their group and Darren gets involved with creating some of their exclusive range as well, in particular the blending of the Loch Fyne Living Cask.

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    Darren Leitch

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    Viktorija Macdonald BUSINESS JUDGE

    Viktorija Macdonald is involved in numerous aspects of the whisky industry, from being the whisky broker since 2011 to becoming the first Lithuanian single cask whisky bottler in 2019 with her Dràm...
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    Viktorija Macdonald is involved in numerous aspects of the whisky industry, from being the whisky broker since 2011 to becoming the first Lithuanian single cask whisky bottler in 2019 with her Dràm Mòr brand, co-owned with her husband, already exporting to 7 European markets. She was the first to internationalise the Whisky Ambassador programme to Lithuania, co-founding the Mòr Whisky Club, operating in Oran Mòr, Glasgow, co-organising whisky festivals and whisky tasting events in the Baltic States and several EU countries, to single-handedly developing 12 whisky export markets for 9 Scottish whisky companies in EU, Japan, Panama and CIS territories.

     

    She is a member of the Judging Panel in Oran Mòr Whisky Awards and her mission is to contribute to the successful growth of the Scotch whisky category, both nationally and abroad, starting with training, whisky menu, cocktail and niche market development, finishing with large scale and national event organisation. She used to co-organise Robert Burns Supper events in collaboration with the British Embassy and British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania.

    She holds two Master Degrees: one in English Language and Literature (Vilnius University of Education Science, Lithuania)  and second in International Marketing (Vilnius University, Lithuania).  She initiated and developed first ever Lithuania’s International Tourism Management Programme, for double degree award in collaboration with Finnish, Italian and British universities, which showcases Scottish whisky industry as the key part of Scottish destination branding. She also holds an award from the Duke of Edinburgh for fostering relations and entrepreneurship in public sector between Lithuania and Scotland (2006).

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    Viktorija Macdonald

    BUSINESS JUDGE
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    Charles MacLean TASTE JUDGE

    Charles MacLean is a writer whose special subject is Scotch whisky, about which he has published ten books to date, including the standard work on whisky brands, Scotch Whisky and the leading book on its...
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    Charles MacLean is a writer whose special subject is Scotch whisky, about which he has published ten books to date, including the standard work on whisky brands, Scotch Whisky and the leading book on its subject, Malt Whisky, both of which were short-listed for Glenfiddich Awards.

    Whisky: A Liquid History, published by Cassell in 2003 was named Wine and Spirit Book of the Year (2005) by the James Beard Foundation of New York. MacLean’s Whisky Miscellany followed in 2004, expanded in 2006 as Whisky Tales; in 2008 he was Managing Editor of Dorling Kindersley’s Eyewitness Companion to Whisky, and in 2009 their World Whiskies.Whiskypedia was published in June 2009.

    He was trained in ‘the sensory evaluation of potable spirits’ by the Scotch Whisky Research Institutein 1992 and has presented numerous tastings and talks in the U.K. and abroad for whisky companies, corporations, universities and clubs, and on radio and TV. He is a member of the Judging Panel (Spirits) of the International Wines & Spirits Competition, and was runner-up as ‘Communicator of the Year’ in the 2003 IWSC Awards.

    Charles MacLean is Scotland’s leading whisky expert” The Times, March 2010
    He acts as a consultant to the whisky industry on a variety of matters, and over the past 20 years has written promotional materials for all the leading companies and brands. He is also Whisky Consultant to Bonhams Auctioneers.

    He was elected a Keeper of the Quaich  in 1992 for ‘his services to Scotch over many years’ and granted the rare honour of being elected Master of the Quaich, the industry’s highest accolade, in October 2009.

    He holds degrees in Art History (St Andrews) and Law (Dundee), is a Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a Visiting Lecturer to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, an Honorary Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto and of Champlain College, University of Trent, a Councillor of the Clan Maclean and a member of the Society of Authors.

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    Charles MacLean

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    Michael Maclean TASTE JUDGE

    Having been part of the Edinburgh bar scene for over 10 years Michael has worked in some of Scotland’s leading venues. As part of the launch team of Usquabae Whisky Bar Michael was on hand to help...
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    Having been part of the Edinburgh bar scene for over 10 years Michael has worked in some of Scotland’s leading venues. As part of the launch team of Usquabae Whisky Bar Michael was on hand to help develop it into one of Scotland’s leading whisky venues.

    As General Manager he helped cultivate a whisky list showcasing Scotland’s finest liquid. Currently working at The Dome, Edinburgh, Michael is helping lead a new whisky and drinking experience to help share his glowing passion for whisky.

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    Michael Maclean

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    Stuart McCluskey TASTE JUDGE

    Stuart McCluskey is the Founder and Director of the Bon Vivant Group in Edinburgh; a hospitality group launched in 2008 which is focussed on sharing Stuart’s passion for excellent local produce and...
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    Stuart McCluskey is the Founder and Director of the Bon Vivant Group in Edinburgh; a hospitality group launched in 2008 which is focussed on sharing Stuart’s passion for excellent local produce and outstanding customer service. The group currently consists of four bar/restaurants (The Bon Vivant, The Devil's Advocate, Lady Libertine and the The Register Club); two casual dining venues (El Cartel Old Town and New Town) and a bottle shop in the form of The Bon Vivant's Companion.

    As a key figure in the Scottish hospitality scene, Stuart is part of the judging panel for the illustrious World’s 50 Best Bars as well as Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards and most recently has been inducted as a Keeper of the Quaich for his commitment to the Scotch Whisky Industry. Having dedicated so much of his career to showcasing the very best of Scottish food and drink, he is keen to share this passion with the next generation and in 2016 he was one of the founding members of ‘The 100’; a collective of the top industry professionals in Scotland.

    Hailing from nearby Fife, Stuart studied Applied Chemistry at Edinburgh University and it was here he fell in love with the city and its thriving bar and restaurant scene. His introduction to the hospitality industry came via a student job in the Stockbridge area, and from that point on he was hooked. Making a conscious effort to gain as varied an experience as possible he had a stint with the national chain Browns through which he gained exposure to large-scale operations then a job at David Ramsden’s Rogue restaurant helped develop his appreciation of fine dining and good wine and finally the chance to help launch the erstwhile Circus Café enabled him to indulge his creative side. Taking his passion abroad, Stuart spent two and a half years working in bars in Sydney and Melbourne to hone his skills, before returning to the UK as the Brand Ambassador for Martin Miller’s Gin, where he focussed on brand development.

    It was at this point he decide to put his decade of experience to good use and opened his first venture; The Bon Vivant in Edinburgh's city centre in 2008. Every detail of the concept was intensely scrutinised by Stuart and the end result is a continental drinking and dining experience offering unparalleled standards in cocktails, wine, food and service. The Bon Vivant is still winning awards 11 years after its launch, it has appeared in the Michelin Guide three years running and a personal highlight for Stuart came when The Bon Vivant won The Best International Restaurant Bar at Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Spirited Awards - the first Scottish establishment to win an award from Tales. In 2011, Stuart ventured into retail and opening an adjoining off-licence called The Bon Vivant's Companion, which stocks an astonishing assortment of wines, spirits and beers.

    (In 2013 the launch of Stuart’s next venue came as part of a new partnership with the Chris Stewart Group as part of the regeneration project of Advocate’s Close, this partnership would go on to drive the business from strength to strength.) 2013 saw the launch of The Devil’s Advocate in a converted pump house in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. Stocking over 300 whiskies with a contemporary cool Scottish vibe, the offer was a move away from the familiar but the common thread of quality and attention to detail was evident. Not one to slow down, the following year, Stuart began work on an entirely new concept and the resulting El Cartel was born; a quick and vibrant casual dining experience in the New Town which offers home-made, fresh and authentic Mexican street food and drinks.

    Fast forward to 2018 and The Bon Vivant Group has almost doubled in size after securing a financial deal to support Stuart’s growth plans and the launch of three exciting new venues; the second El Cartel in the Teviot area of the city as well as two new opportunities at the Edinburgh Grand. Located in the coveted St Andrews Square area The Bon Vivant Group is the only independent operator in a sea of London chains in that patch of town – a feat for which Stuart is incredibly proud. The Register Club on the 4th floor is operated in partnership with the Edinburgh Grand and is an elegant haven offering all the private club benefits without the associated price tag - A winning combination! Finally, the newest addition to the Bon Vivant Group is Lady Libertine, which combines deliciously fresh food, an incredible array of cocktails and wine alongside a carefully curated line up of DJs and live music – great food, great drinks and great music – they do say the best things come in threes.

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    Matthew McFadyen TASTE JUDGE

    Matthew McFadyen is one of the co-founders of The Good Spirits Company, Glasgow's leading independent spirits specialist.  He is particularly interested in Scotch malt whisky, but his passion for...
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    Matthew McFadyen is one of the co-founders of The Good Spirits Company, Glasgow's leading independent spirits specialist.  He is particularly interested in Scotch malt whisky, but his passion for booze extends to the fine art of the cocktail. He hosts monthly Whisky, Gin, and Cocktail tastings.

    Prior to setting up The Good Spirits Co., he worked for Oddbins, managing Glasgow branches in the city centre and on the south side. Whilst there he developed a keen understanding of both the on- and off-trade, along with a taste for fine wine. He also ran regular customer tastings of wine, champagne, and whisky.

    Matthew grew up in the Black Isle close to the site of the Ferintosh distillery. His first bottle of whisky was Laphroaig Ten Year Old.

    Dedicated husband and father of two, Matthew confesses to a weakness for tweed, although he hasn't yet taken up golf!

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    Kirsty McKerrow TASTE JUDGE

    Kirsty is Managing Director of the award-winning Edinburgh Whisky Academy, the only SQA-certified centre of learning for whisky education.  She comes from a family steeped in whisky heritage with...
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    Kirsty is Managing Director of the award-winning Edinburgh Whisky Academy, the only SQA-certified centre of learning for whisky education. 

    She comes from a family steeped in whisky heritage with her forefathers starting Mackinlays whisky in 1815. Two hundred years later in 2015, Kirsty began her own entrepreneurial journey, establishing the Edinburgh Whisky Academy following a period working as Nordic Brand Ambassador for Moet Hennessy’s whiskies Glenmorangie and Ardbeg.  There, she noted a gap in the market for whisky education and was inspired to create a business that now offers certified online and face to face courses in whisky and gin for both industry professionals and enthusiasts. The Edinburgh Whisky Academy has provided training for distilleries, drinks brand owners, hospitality providers, retailers and distributors including The Macallan, Ian McLeod Distillers, Chivas, Interbev, Montpeliers and Whyte & Mackay.

    In 2020, Kirsty was named Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year for Scotland and Northern Ireland in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

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    Annabel Meikle BUSINESS & TASTE JUDGE

    Annabel has been in the role of Director of the Keepers of the Quaich since May 2015,when she relocated the office north of the Border. Her role is to organise the twoceremony and banquets each year where...
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    Annabel has been in the role of Director of the Keepers of the Quaich since May 2015,
    when she relocated the office north of the Border. Her role is to organise the two
    ceremony and banquets each year where new members are inducted into the society at Blair Castle.

    She has worked in the whisky industry since 2001, organising events and tastings, then as the global brand ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. She established her own consultancy, the Whisky Belle, where she was contributing editor on two publications and well respected for her sensory evaluation and tasting notes. Annabel has delighted audiences all over the world with her knowledge and passion for Scotch Whisky.

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    David Moore Business Judge

    David Moore is a Director of flavourly.com, a leading UK online craft beer and spirits discovery business. David spent 13 years in Asia Pacific with Diageo based in Sydney, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh...
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    David Moore is a Director of flavourly.com, a leading UK online craft beer and spirits discovery business.

    David spent 13 years in Asia Pacific with Diageo based in Sydney, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh and Shanghai. During his time David served as Managing Director of Diageo’s Asia Beer business and subsequently MD of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam which featured global leader Johnnie Walker and the full range of Diageo malts.

    Since returning to Scotland in 2013, David has developed a range of investments and business interests in the beverage, tech and export sectors.

    David is a founder shareholder and Director of Craft Beer Clan (www.craftbeerclanscotland.com), the export portal for craft beverages from Scotland as the international division of JW Filshill Group (www.filshill.co.uk), as well as Clan Brewing Company which developed and exports limited edition whisky cask finished beers.

    He is a Director and shareholder in Fusion Whisky Limited, which has developed the ground-breaking “Glover”, “Kincardine”, “Winter Queen” and “Brisbane" premium fusion whisky brands (www.fusionwhisky.com) in partnership with Adelphi Distillery Limited.

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    Arthur Motley TASTE JUDGE

    Arthur Motley is Sales and Purchasing Director at Dormant Distillery Company Ltd, with his principal role being the sourcing and purchasing of spirits for their Royal Mile Whiskies and Drinkmonger shops....
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    Arthur Motley is Sales and Purchasing Director at Dormant Distillery Company Ltd, with his principal role being the sourcing and purchasing of spirits for their Royal Mile Whiskies and Drinkmonger shops. He has held this role for over 15 years, also overseeing the growth of their web and wholesale business in this time. His first job in whisky was as whisky buyer for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, sourcing casks and organising all tasting for two years. He has judged many spirits and cocktail competitions in Scotland and overseas. Outside his love for the liquid, he has a keen interest in the culture and history of whisky, reading and researching whenever he can.

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    Frank Murphy TASTE JUDGE

    Frank has been in the licensed trade since the first family pub in Possil when he was 8. He's since gone from clearing glasses, to pulling pints, to brewing beer, to being the hairy face of one of the...
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    Frank has been in the licensed trade since the first family pub in Possil when he was 8. He's since gone from clearing glasses, to pulling pints, to brewing beer, to being the hairy face of one of the best whisky bars in Glasgow, and therefore the world, The Pot Still on Hope Street. Still a family affair with sister Geraldine and dad Brian, they've achieved seven years manning the helm without any of them being jailed for the axe murder of the other two; but there's still time. With a perpetually rotating gantry, Frank spends a fair bit of time "working" on finding new delights at auction, on dusty shelves in corner shops and visiting distilleries for that hand-filled rarity. It's a hard life. He's also known by name at Glasgow Airport but that's not for here...

    Frank has a cousin who wrote a book on gin, but Frank doesn't hold it against him. He beats him over the head with it instead.

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    Sean Murphy TASTE JUDGE

    Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for the Scotsman and has recently published his first book.  Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind...
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    Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for the Scotsman and has recently published his first book.  Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them. 

    He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his drinks knowledge.

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    Hans & Becky Offringa TASTE JUDGES

    Hans Offringa (1956) is a bi-lingual author, media expert and photographer with an international reputation regarding all things whisky and whiskey. To date he has written more than 25 books on the topic....
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    Hans Offringa (1956) is a bi-lingual author, media expert and photographer with an international reputation regarding all things whisky and whiskey. To date he has written more than 25 books on the topic. During his long career he received various awards and was named Patron of the Whisky Festival Northern Netherlands, Honorary Scotsman, Honorary Member of the Caledonian Society of Charleston (SC), Keeper of the Quaich and Kentucky Colonel.

    Mr. Offringa is also European Contributing Editor at Whisky Magazine and Honorary Ambassador of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) as well as Lifetime International Ambassador of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

    Together with his American spouse Becky Lovett Offringa he forms The Whisky Couple. Becky is an excellent taster and photographer in her own right. Their articles and photographs have been published in books, magazines and newspapers around the globe.

    The Whisky Couple have been judges for years at various competitions, among which the World Whisky Awards and Scottish Whisky Awards. Furthermore they present whisky masterclasses in Europe and the USA, develop marketing concepts and produce marketing material for the whisky industry. Among their clients are Diageo, Pernod-Ricard, Chivas Brothers, Edrington, Beam Suntory, Four Roses and Jack Daniel.

    Mr. & Mrs. Offringa's most recent publication (April 2021) is Still Stories Vol. 2 - Whisky Etcetera, a collection of short stories, following Still Stories Vol. 1 - Whiskytales from Kentucky to Kilbeggan, which was published in 2014.

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    James Porteous TASTE JUDGE

    James is the founder and distiller of the Electric Spirit Company, producing spirits in Leith, Edinburgh. As a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, James previously consulted on brand experience for...
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    James is the founder and distiller of the Electric Spirit Company, producing spirits in Leith, Edinburgh.

    As a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, James previously consulted on brand experience for numerous multi-national businesses, before returning to Scotland and enrolling on the Brewing & Distilling MSc at Heriot Watt. He graduated with distinction, receiving the Brewers’ Company Prize as the course’s top student, as well as the Watt Club Medal as dux litterarum in the School of Life Sciences.

    He founded Electric in late 2014, beginning production on a 20 litre still in a tiny industrial unit. The company has since increased capacity and expanded distribution nationally, winning at the Scottish Gin Awards and being named as the coolest spirit brand in Scotland by The Herald, with Ian Buxton placing Electric “at the cutting edge of the vibrant Scottish craft distilling scene” in 101 Gins to Try Before You Die.

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    James Robertson TASTE & BUSINESS JUDGE

    James is an experienced International Sales Manager with core strengths in developing relationships, branded awareness and global exports in markets such as the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe, the Nordics,...
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    James is an experienced International Sales Manager with core strengths in developing relationships, branded awareness and global exports in markets such as the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe, the Nordics, Russia and the former Soviet Republics. Over the past year or so he has been advising a wide range of companies on export and brand building and working as a business mentor with the Institute of Directors.  Previously James was the Global Brand Ambassador and International Sales Manager for Tullibardine Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. He was synonymous worldwide with Tullibardine presenting on TV, Radio & to live audiences. Known as a charismatic public speaker with excellent presentation skills, attending the key Whisky Festivals around the world. Prior to this he worked as a Regional Sales Manager looking after Taittinger, Louis Jadot, Errazuriz and Villa Maria. James holds the WSET Diploma and has been a judge with the IWSC.

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    Bernhard Schäfer TASTE JUDGE

    Started his professional Spirit career behind a Cocktailbar 1985, during his studies of sociology.  Some years later he began giving lectures on different spirits, mainly Whisky. Where he got...
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    Started his professional Spirit career behind a Cocktailbar 1985, during his studies of sociology.  Some years later he began giving lectures on different spirits, mainly Whisky. Where he got the highest accolades was when he became a Keeper of the Quaich in 1996, and a Master of the Quaich in 2007.

    He is a co-founder of ENSE (European Network of Spirit Experts). Since 1997 Bernhard has been a panel member for a number of different Spirit Competitions in Europe, and since 2010 in the US.

    He became a proud member of RumXP 2012 and all his friends say,: “I would once like to pass holidays as what you are calling work” and “why are you wearing Hawaiian Shirts all Summer”

    In Germany he gives lectures on Rum, Gin, Whisky, Cognac and Champagne, for both on and off trade and for the public.

    He is a contributing Editor for several Bar and Drinks magazines in the GSA countries.

    Books on Spirits:
    http://www.gu.de/buecher/hallwag/einfuehrungen/1174588-rum/
    http://www.gu.de/buecher/hallwag/einfuehrungen/1174621-gin/
    https://www.gu.de/buecher/hallwag/einfuehrungen/1221673-whisky

    Education in Spirits 1984-1990 Bartender 1991-1999 General Manager at Freudenpark Bar (1999 Best
    Classical Cocktailbar in Germany) 1996 Keeper of the Quaich, 2007 Master of the Quaich, 2011
    Founder of ENSE, European Network of Spirit Experts , WSET Spirits LvL3
    1996 Keeper of the Quaich
    2012 RumXP
    2014 Cognac Educator
    2016 Rectifier of the Gin Guild

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    Karen Somerville BUSINESS JUDGE

    Karen has a passion for whisky and glass. Co - Director of The Fife Whisky Festival, a vibrant celebration of whisky and bringing whisky back to the Kingdom of Fife with the first festival of its...
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    Karen has a passion for whisky and glass. Co - Director of The Fife Whisky Festival, a vibrant celebration of whisky and bringing whisky back to the Kingdom of Fife with the first festival of its kind in the area in 2018 and set to become a growing successful event for March 2019.

    As Director of Angels' Share Glass ® Karen is also a former winner of "Entrepreneur of the Year"  Chamber of Commerce Awards. Karen serves on the committee of The Association of Women Entrepreneurs Scotland, mentoring small and start up businesses. Winning many business awards from product design to growth, the firms glassblowing expertise and passion for scotch whisky is evident within the industry. 

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    Karen Somerville

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    Tristan Stephenson TASTE JUDGE

    Tristan Stephenson is an award winning bar operator, bartender, chef, some-time journalist, and bestselling author of the Curious Bartender series of drinks books. He is the cofounder of London-based Fluid...
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    Tristan Stephenson is an award winning bar operator, bartender, chef, some-time journalist, and bestselling author of the Curious Bartender series of drinks books. He is the cofounder of London-based Fluid Movement, a globally renowned drinks consultancy Dirm, and half the brains behind the drinks programs at some of the world’s top drinking and eating destinations - he’s also quite handy with an espresso machine.

    After co-founding Fluid Movement in 2009, Tristan went on to open Purl, his Dirst bar, in 2010, and the Worship Street Whistling Shop in 2011 (Time Out London’s ‘Best new bar 2011’). In 2012 Fluid Movement opened their Dirst restaurant in London, Dach & Sons, a New York inspired hot-dog, beer and bourbon bar. In 2014 Fluid Movement opened its Dirst venue outside of London: Surfside, a steak and lobster restaurant on Polzeath beach in North Cornwall, which was awarded the No. 1 Position in the Sunday Times ‘Best alfresco dining spots in the UK 2015’. Tristan served as head chef there for the Dirst year and continues to manage the food and beverage offering. In 2016 Fluid Movement launched Black Rock, a breakthrough whisky bar concept that was awarded the UK’s ‘Best Specialist Bar’ by Class Magazine in 2017 and 2018. Spring 2017 saw the arrival The Napoleon Hotel — literally built on top of Black Rock, the venue features just one luxury room and two bars: SACK (a modern sherry and tapas bar) and The Devil’s
    Darling (a classic cocktail bar).

    In 2017 Tristan co-launched Whisky-Me, a breakthrough whisky subscription service that delivers a monthly 5cl pouches of single malt through members letterboxes.

    Tristan has travelled to over 300 distilleries around the world, across something like 60 countries, including Holland, Scotland, Mexico, Cuba, France, Lebanon, Italy, Guatemala, Japan, and every major island in the Caribbean. Tristan was awarded UK bartender of the year in 2012 and in the same year was included in Evening Standard’s top 1000 most inDluential Londoners. He has appeared on various TV shows in the UK, including Market Kitchen, Live with Gabby and Something For the Weekend. Tristan is an occasional contributor TIME.com.

    In 2009 he was ranked 3rd in the UK Barista Championships. Previous to this he successfully harvested, processed, roasted and brewed the Dirst cup of UK grown coffee from the Eden Project in Cornwall, achieving international press coverage. In Spring 2015 he published his Dirst coffee book, The Curious Barista’s Guide to Coffee (RPS) Tristan’s Dirst book, the Andre Simon Award nominated, The Curious Bartender: The Artistry & Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail was released in October 2013 and became an Evening Standard Bestseller. His second book, The Curious Bartender: And Odyssey of Whiskies hit the shelves in October 2014, and was followed by the Andre Simon Award nominated The Curious Bartender’s Gin Palace, and most recently, his Difth book, The Curious Bartender’s Rum Revolution, published in April 2017. Tristan’s sixth book, The Curious Bartender Vol. 2: The New Testament of Cocktails was published in September 2018 release. The series has sold over a quarter of a million copies worldwide.

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    Keir Sword TASTE & BUSINESS JUDGE

    Keir is the Director of Royal Mile Whiskies in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. Set up in 1991, Royal Mile Whiskies has become one of the most respected whisky merchants in the world, winning...
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    Keir is the Director of Royal Mile Whiskies in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town.

    Set up in 1991, Royal Mile Whiskies has become one of the most respected whisky merchants in the world, winning Whisky Magazine’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. An important part of that success is down to the people and the fact they share a passion for all things whisky – especially Scottish Single Malt Whisky.
     

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    Keir Sword

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    Karen Walker BUSINESS JUDGE

    Karen is a highly experienced, accomplished and well-respected marketeer with global exposure, gained from roles within the spirits industry throughout her whole career. Now a marketing consultant, specialising...
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    Karen is a highly experienced, accomplished and well-respected marketeer with global exposure, gained from roles within the spirits industry throughout her whole career.

    Now a marketing consultant, specialising in the marketing of spirits, utilising 26 years’ experience, she is focussed on adding value to fledgling, growing or established businesses.

    Karen is an appointed Life Member of the Keeper of the Quaich since 2007.

     

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    Ged Welch BUSINESS JUDGE

    Ged Welch is a performance coach and business consultant who helps organisations solve intractable problems and devise transformational strategies. He has over 25 years experience in the drinks industry,...
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    Ged Welch is a performance coach and business consultant who helps organisations solve intractable problems and devise transformational strategies.

    He has over 25 years experience in the drinks industry, in a variety of leadership roles including S&N, Domeq and Diageo. He was Operations Director for Glenmorangie PLC, MD of William Grant and Sons Distillers and MD and co-owner of Thierry’s Wine Services. Ged’s time in the Scotch Whisky industry was one of immense change, in terms of organisation, culture and product offerings.

    He has a knack for seeing things from a new perspective and an ability to translate complex ideas making them easily accessible for everyone. He co-created the WineTubeMap and continues to contribute to the development of the Tube Map tools.

    He has held a number of other directorships and steering roles including the Scotch Whisky Research Institute and the operations board of the Scottish Whisky Association.

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    Ged Welch

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