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WhiskyFest New York Panelist Richard Paterson

WhiskyFest Panelist - Richard PatersonRichard Paterson
Master Blender
Whyte & Mackay

Third Generation in a family which has long been associated with the Scotch Whisky Industry. In 1933, his Grandfather established W R Paterson Ltd in Glasgow and specialised in Blending, Bottling and Broking. His bond, situated at Stockwell Place, was later taken over by Richard’s father in 1956. 10 Years later Richard joined A Gillies & company, Whisky Blenders & Brokers, as a General Production Assistant. He remained there for 4 years, during which time he learned every aspect of the company from stock records to distillation, with special emphasis being placed on the “Art of Blending”.

During the next six years he increased his knowledge in wine and spirits through The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, specialising in Bordeaux, Champagne, California wines, Cognac and Rum, including Cuban Cigars.

In 1970 he joined Whyte & Mackay Distillers and within 5 years he became their Master Blender; aged 26, he was reputed at that time to be Scotland’s youngest Master Blender.