legends of whiskey Especially for all our customers and followers WhisQy.com is lucky to may give away a unique whiskey tasting given by the 3 living monuments in the world of whiskey.

Meet The Legends: Jim McEwan, Richard Paterson and David Stewart Together they represent over 155 years of experience in whiskey making!

The tasting is given under the inspiring leadership of David Stewart, Richard Paterson and Jim McEwan.
Experience the enormous knowledge these gentlemen have about whiskey during this 2-hour tasting.
Everyone with their own history and experience in the whiskey industry and everyone with their own style of presentation.


Get Your Memorabilia Signed
There is also time to personally meet and speak the "legends" and possibly have a book signed personally.

About David Stewart
Worked for over 55 years as Malt Master and Blender for William Grant & Sons. For The Balvenie and Glenfiddich he was responsible for the selection of the barrels and for the construction of the stock and the warehouse management. He is still a popular jury member at events where whiskeys are judged. Although already more than seventy years old, he still works part-time for William Grant. In July 2016 he obtained the title MBE, Member of the Order of The British Empire, for his contribution to the worldwide expansion of Scotch whiskey. He is the quiet, silent thinker of the trio. He is also a well-respected judge at the IWSC (International Whisky &Spirits Competition) and ISC (International Spirits Challenge)

About Richard Paterson
'The Nose!'. Descendent from the third generation of blenders with an exceptional gift for scents and aromas. Is now Master blender for Whyte & Mackay and responsible for Jura, Dalmore, Tamnavulin and Fettercairn. He is always looking for new and old barrels in which he can find perfect aromas and with which he can create new expressions. A seasoned connoisseur of Scottish and world whiskeys, who knows how to translate every impression into colorful words. An inexhaustible source of whiskey information. He is a serious scientist and an unexpected showman. He is a well-respected judge at the IWSC (International Whisky &Spirits Competition) and ISC (International Spirits Challenge)

About Jim Mc Ewan
Started as an apprentice cooper at Bowmore in 1963 and would build up an unprecedented career in the whiskey world, where he not only went through all the steps of the production process, but also became a solid value in the management and promotion of whiskey. In 2001 he became production manager for the rebuilt Bruichladdich distillery, where he stayed until his retirement. He received many awards during his career for his work. Jim is still a much-requested consultant for new starting whiskey companies. He is a fascinating narrator who knows how to link humor to science.

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Experience The Most Unique Whisky Event Of 2018
This whiskey tasting is promising to be a unique experience on 1 December in the Hooglandse Kerk in Leiden The Netherlands.
Getting the 3 Legends of Whisky together on one day for a whiskey tasting took quite some time to prepare. Despite the fact that they are all in their sixties and seventies, they have busy calendars. That alone makes it a unique event.

In addition, they know each other from a lifetime in the whiskey industry and complement each other both in terms of knowledge and performance. All three of them have earned their spurs in the whiskey world.

Richard Paterson is mainly employed by Whyte & Mackay as a blender. Whyte & Mackay own distilleries such as Jura, Dalmore, Fettercairn and Tamnavulin. Dalmore is the flagship of the four and Richard has selected some of the most expensive whiskeys in the world over the last few years, of which bottles worth € 150.000 or more were no exception. In addition to his vast knowledge of the influence of wood on the taste and color of whiskey, he is also a great performer and showman. David Stewart has worked his whole life at Grants, owner of distilleries Glenfiddich, the Balvenie, Kininvie, Girvan and Ailsa Bay. He was involved in the decision to launch Glenfiddich as the first Scottish Single Malt whiskey, marketed in 1962.

He is the inventor of the Glenfiddich Solera system and masterminded the famous and most sold Balvenie, the Balvenie Double Wood. His successor is Brian Kinsman, who has been trained by David for 10 years, however, David is still responsible for all the Balvenie expressions, a quiet thoughtful and friendly man, with a great deal of knowledge of whiskey that he loves to share.

Jim McEwan is mostly known for his time at Bruichladdich, the Islay distillery that was reopened in 2001, grew and became an icon in 10 years time and was then sold in 2016 to Remy Martin. Before his adventure at Bruichladdich he had a long career at Bowmore, the oldest distillery on Islay and also a leading brand. There are few people who can speak so passionately about whiskey and Islay as Jim.

He is an entertainer at heart and a career as a stand-up comedian would not have been out of place if he had not ended up in the whiskey business. His career shows he has gone through all the facets of whiskey making; from cooper to manager, from distiller to world brand ambassador.

What these men have in common is a passion for and knowledge of whiskey but also the gift to share this knowledge, each one in his own way. From the available stock of barrels we will be tasting from two vessels, which each Legend has been responsible for and they have selected specially for this event.

It really doesn’t get any better than this. At the event, there will be a musical interlude by the most famous musicians on Islay.

The event will last approximately 2 hours, after which there will be enough time to talk with the Legends, take a selfie and have a book or bottle signed.

In the goody bag that is waiting for you at the end of the event, there will be some miniature bottles of the whiskey brands the Legends represent, a whiskey cord with logo and a special book publication about the Legends of Whisky. Furthermore, you can take with you the 6 Glencairn glasses that you receive during the event. In short, this really is the most unique whiskey event of 2018!

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Join now and win a free Legends of Whisky Ticket!
How do I win? Register below and win a free ticket worth € 125, -.
You will receive a personal code. Under all registrations, we choose a lucky winner who may come to this unique, once in a lifetime event!

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