Alan Winchester, the master distiller at Glenlivet Distillery, was this week awarded with the Festival Ambassador of the Year title by the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival – given to the person, community or company who has contributed most to the Festival.
During his career in the whisky industry, Alan has worked at or been responsible for 20 different distilleries, primarily in Speyside. A Keeper of the Quaich since 1997, he was President of the Malt Distillers Association and the current Chairman of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in Scotland.
Alan was awarded the Festival Quaich by Chairman of the Festival, James Campbell, who said: “The decision to recognise Alan’s contribution to the on-going success of the festival was unanimous. He is an excellent Ambassador for Whisky, and in particular Speyside, worldwide and his enthusiasm is infectious.
“We are delighted to add Alan’s name to the list of previous exceptional holders of the Quaich”
Winchester added: “I am delighted and honoured to have been given this Award. It is great to be involved with the Festival and contribute to its success and growth.”
Next year’s festival runs from 2 – 6 May 2013.