Scott's 40 years

Scott's 40 years

News | 05 Feb 2014 | Issue 117

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World-renowned master blender Colin Scott is celebrating 40 years in the whisky industry. Highlights of his glittering career include the creation of luxury whiskies Chivas Regal 18 Years Old and Chivas Regal 25 Years Old, as well as the growth of the Royal Salute range.

Colin developed an early passion for whisky and followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and in 1973, he joined The Glenlivet Distillers as a trainee manager in Edinburgh.

His experiences in production started in the company’s bottling plant in Leith and on its closure he moved to the Newbridge bottling plant. Here he progressed through the Package Quality and Spirit Quality departments, eventually joining the Blending team in Paisley.

In 1989 he became Master Blender for Chivas Brothers after learning the traditions and highly-skilled art of Scotch whisky blending from his predecessor, Jimmy Lang.

Colin said: “As master blenders we are responsible for safeguarding the integrity of all our brands, and ensuring their consistent quality and taste experience year after year. Another part of the job is looking at the new spirit made today with a view to the future, securing the right stock for the next generation of Master Blenders, thus ensuring a seamless continuity.”
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