Whyte & McKay, Master Blender, Richard Paterson has been named “Whisky Ambassador of the Year” for 2011 at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Awards.
Paterson, who celebrated 40 years in the whisky industry last year, told BourbonBlog.com that he felt privileged to work in the whisky industry.
Richard said: “It’s an honour to receive this award and it means a great deal to me that my fellow whisky peers respect the work I am doing.
“Over the last 40 years I have had the privilege to work in the whisky industry and travel the world over meeting many many whisky enthusiasts.”
Paterson said that he has had many memorable moments throughout his 40 years in the industry but confessed that tasting the ‘Shackleton’ whisky was a personal highlight.
He added: “I have created some very special whiskies along the way including the first whisky to break the £100,000 barrier.
“Just recently I got to sample the Shackleton whisky which has to be one of the greatest highpoints of my career.”