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Wednesday, July 20 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Three Scotch Blends

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A comparative tasting of three Scotch blends at benchmark periods over the last century, 1960s-70s, 1980s-90s, today Johnnie Walker Black Label, Buchanans 12, Haig Pinch At a time when there is growing interest in vintage spirits, a unique opportunity to deconstruct the flavour of three of the world’s most famous blended Scotches. We will look at the fascinating, complex history of each of these blends and understand how and why their unique signatures flavours and house styles developed the theory of 'regionality' and 'blend character' and take a unique opportunity to learn how major changes in distilling and maturation post 1945 might have impacted taste and flavour. Discover how the DNA of these blends persists through time Tasting history – we will use archive materials to reveal detailed blend specifications, many featuring long forgotten and never tasted distilleries. Moderated by Dave Broom, with Gregor Cattanach (Johnnie Walker), Ewan Morgan (Buchanans) and Dr Nick Morgan (Pinch)

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Dave Broom

Dave Broom was born in Glasgow (Scotland) and has spent his working life in drink. He is chief engineer of www.scotchwhisky.com and writes for numerous international titles, including Whisky Advocate. He won Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer at the 2015 Spirited Awards. | He’s written ten books including the World Atlas of Whisky, Gin: The Manual and Whisky: The Manual which won Best New Spirits Book at the 2015 Spirited Awards. In 2013, he... Read More →

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Gregor Cattanach

Master of Whisky, Director of Whisky Education, Diageo
As a boy, Gregor grew up at distilleries such as Caol Ila, Coleburn, Cragganmore andCardhu in Scotland where his father Evan worked as Master Distiller of these qualitysingle malts. This is where Gregor's apprenticeship truly began. Learning from his father issomething that he never imagined would take him all over the world.In addition, Gregor has worked for the past 15 years with Master Distillers of the Diageosingle malt portfolio, Master... Read More →
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Ewan Morgan

National Director : Diageo Masters of Whisky, Diageo
Ewan is a third generation ‘whisky man’. His father was maltings manager at Tamdhu Distillery in Speyside and later the distillery manager at Highland Park Distillery on the island of Orkney. His Grandfather was the brewer at the famed distillery Cardhu. Ewan was born in Dufftown, Scotland, which is often referred to as ‘The Whisky Capital of the World’ (More whisky is produced in Dufftown than any other town – in the World... Read More →
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Dr. Nicholas Morgan

Head of Whisky Outreach, Diageo
Dr Nicholas Morgan | Head of Whisky Outreach, Diageo | | Dr Nicholas Morgan is Head of Whisky Outreach at Diageo plc, the largest Scotch whisky producer. Nick is an acknowledged authority on the Scotch Whisky business and a frequent speaker at Whisky and Spirits events around the world. He is particularly known for the thoughtfulness of his analysis, his humour, and his relish of controversy. | His previous role as Scotch Heritage... Read More →

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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology make us the chosen supplier to all types of foodservice businesses including independent restaurants, national chains, health care, hospitality, country clubs... Read More →

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