Juliette Buchan becomes a Keeper of the Quaich – Scotch Whisky News

Juliette Buchan Keeper of the Quaich

Juliette Buchan becomes a Keeper of the Quaich

A French woman married to a Scot is the latest member of the Gordon & MacPhail team to be made a Keeper of the Quaich – the exclusive international society dedicated to celebrating the virtues of Scotch whisky.

Juliette Buchan, who has worked at Gordon & MacPhail for more than nine years, is the regional export sales manager, working largely in Europe. Her job involves extensive travel as she meets customers and conducts numerous tastings, whisky tutorials and master classes.

Juliette was delighted to be honoured by the Keepers of the Quaich and said: “I’ve attended the ceremony before and it was a wonderful occasion, with people attending from all over the world. But this was clearly particularly special for me, as it is such an honour to become a Keeper of the Quaich.

“French people have a great love of whisky – indeed France is the number one market for Scotch whisky by volume so it has always been a great privilege to introduce my countrymen and women, as well as many other Europeans, to our extensive range of whiskies. Whether they are tasting whisky for the first time or are seasoned whisky drinkers, it is a pleasure to explain more about Scotch malt whisky and its history and character.”

Juliette, who lives in Lossiemouth with her husband and two sons, manages and develops business relationships with export customers predominantly throughout Europe.

The prestigious Keeper of the Quaich society is an international community of members that includes leading figures in the industry, as well as renowned experts in Scotch Whisky. It recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Scotch Whisky industry.

The venue for the occasion – Blair Castle – is home to the Atholl Highlanders, Europe’s only private army. Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Castle, famous for its ceiling decorated with 175 deer antlers, the event is hosted by Keepers of the Quaich President, the Earl of Dalhousie.

Ewen Mackintosh, Chief Operating Officer at Gordon & MacPhail said he was delighted to see Juliette made a Keeper of the Quaich: “It’s an honour and responsibility to be made a Keeper of the Quaich. You become part of a community that seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of Scotch whisky across the globe.

“Juliette is a terrific ambassador for Scotch malt whisky and is truly deserving of this honour.”

Gordon & MacPhail is one of the world’s leading malt whisky specialists, exporting to more than 60 countries. It offers more than 300 presentations of own-bottled single malts. The company made history in 2010 by bottling the oldest cask ever released – a 70 Years Old Mortlach, distilled in 1938. They followed this up by releasing a 70 Years Old Glenlivet in 2011 and a 75 Years Old Mortlach in 2015.

In 1993, revived Benromach Distillery with a painstaking refurbishment. It was officially re-opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1998. Since then the Forres distillery has enjoyed significant growth in sales of its single malt Scotch whisky, including the flagship Benromach 10 Years Old. Benromach is handcrafted in a style draws its influence from pre 1960s Speyside whiskies.

About Gordon & MacPhail

Gordon & MacPhail is an independent, family-owned Scotch Whisky specialist which has been based in Elgin, Moray, since 1895. Four generations of the Urquhart family have continued the tradition of seeking out the best and rarest Scotch Whiskies.

Since its foundation, Gordon & MacPhail’s policy has been to send casks to distilleries throughout Scotland, fill them with ‘new make’ spirit and mature them either at the distillery of origin or in the firm’s own bonded warehouses in Elgin.

Now one of the world’s leading malt whisky specialists, Gordon & MacPhail exports to more than 60 countries. It offers more than 300 presentations of own-bottled single malts.  In 2009, Gordon & MacPhail was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade; an honor that was bestowed on the business again in 2013 with a visit from HRH The Princess Royal.

In 1993 Gordon & MacPhail purchased Benromach Distillery and re-equipped it before it was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998. A four-star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach distillery is a member of the world famous malt whisky trail.

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