Council of Whiskey Masters names new masters

Council of Whiskey Masters names new masters

New masters of Scotch, bourbon, and whisk(e)y were named following the 2024 examinations on the Isle of Raasay

News | 05 Jun 2024

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The Council of Whiskey Masters has named a number of new Masters of Whisk(e)y. 


Following its annual master exams at the Isle of Raasay Distillery, the council named nine new Masters of Scotch and two Masters of Bourbon, confirmed following examinations into their specialisms, and six Masters of Whisk(e)y, awarded for their global whiskey knowledge.


The examinations for Scotch whisky and bourbon included blind tastings, oral theory exams, and essay questions covering whisky history, production, regulations, and major distilleries. 


The international judging panel comprised members of the Council of Whiskey Masters' board, which includes recognised members of the whisky industry including Steve Beal, Dave Broom, Hans Offringa, and Charles MacLean. Alasdair Day of the Isle of Raasay Distillery has also joined the council as the newest member of its advisory board.


The Council of Whiskey Masters launched in 2019 and currently has more than 60 full members worldwide. More information about the council and its examinations can be found at


The new Masters of Scotch are James Ball, Alessandro di Berardino, Will Breslaw, Bruce Deng, Mark Griffith, Michael Hitchcock, Ty Kinter, Ai Kuroda, and Andy Westley. The new Masters of Bourbon are Carmen Hartwich and Kevin Malta. The new Masters of Whisk(e)y are Dan Crowell, Adam Edmonsond, Nik Kosobucki, Tom McCormick, Siddharth Sawkar, and Sam Wright. 

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