Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, The British High Commissioner and Peter Gordon, Company Director, William Grant and Sons & Grand Master of the Quaich Esq. hosted an exclusive evening to celebrate the heritage of Scotch Whisky and to honour the Keepers of Quaich in India.The Keepers of the Quaich is an exclusive and international society that recognises those that have shown outstanding commitment to the Scotch Whisky industry. Founded by the leading distillers, it is by its very nature, the beating heart of the industry.
This grand celebration took place at the British High Commissioner’s Residence and saw an impressive guest list of the CEOs and MDs of Indian subsidiaries of Scotch whisky companies, members of the Scotch Whisky Association and Keepers of the Quaich with India connections including James Pennefather, Managing Director, William Grant & Sons India, Rajiv Bhatia, Director- Middle East, Levant, Indian Subcontinent & Africa, William Grant & Sons, Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, The British High Commissioner, Rajiv Kaul, President – The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts and Vijay Rekhi, Executive Chairman – Vizanar Alcobev & FMCG Advisors among others.
The distinguished guests appreciated the award-winning whiskies including the limited edition Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix bottling as well as exclusive variants of Talisker, Glenmorangie, Royal Salute and Kilchoman. The whiskies were paired tastefully with each course of the dinner complementing the flavours. To further elevate the experience, two bagpipers- Laura Mennie from the British High Commission and Archy from Delhi – played beautifully for the assembled company.
Speaking on the occasion, Peter Gordon, Company Director, William Grant & Sons India & Grand Master of the Quaich said, “My great grandfather Charles Gordon, the son in law of our founder William Grant, first came to India in 1909 to set up distribution networks here for our whisky portfolio. We still have the original letters that he sent back to Scotland which show the passion and dedication he displayed to build the business here. With Scotch whisky only, accounting for 1% of the total whisky market in India today, that same passion and dedication still exists amongst the employees of Scotch whisky companies who are operating in this market. We, at William Grant & Sons, salute the contribution of these modern-day pioneers to the Scotch Whisky Industry and are delighted to co-host this evening today to honour them”.
The evening was truly a grand affair, with serving of award winning Scotch Whisky brands, pipers and plenty of toasts, making it an enthralling experience for everyone present!