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Whisky Advocate: Dalmore Master Blender Richard Paterson Has Signed on With A New Distillery

November 17, 2020

For half a century, Richard Paterson has worked for a single Scotch company, Whyte & Mackay, serving as master blender since 1975. He’s a legendary figure in the Scotch world, called “The Nose” for his palate prowess, and celebrated for his showy presentation style, which often includes throwing the contents of a glass of whisky—even very expensive stuff—on the floor to ensure that the glass is clean. His larger-than-life personality has graced many a WhiskyFest, and he has almost singlehandedly made Dalmore—the jewel of Whyte & Mackay’s portfolio—one of the most collectible whiskies in the world.

Paterson shows no signs of stepping back from his place at the helm of Dalmore (Actual quote: “Retirement? That word is not in my vocabulary!”) but he’s also taking on a new role: master blender at Wolfcraig, an independent distillery set to begin construction next year. There, unlike at Whyte & Mackay where he has stewarded long-established whiskies for decades, Paterson will be starting from scratch.  Whisky Advocate has the full story.—Susannah Skiver Barton

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