Richard Paterson, Master Distiller for Alness-based The Dalmore Distillery, celebrates 50 years in the whisky industry this month.
The 67-year-old will mark the milestone by setting off on a series of global tasting events.
Paterson said, “My time with The Dalmore has provided me with some of my fondest moments. The chance to create and work with the world’s oldest and rarest malts has been an absolute privilege and I’m forever grateful that I’ve been able to share these treasures with fellow whisky lovers across the world.
“I’ve also been fortunate enough to share my passion with whisky fans whilst contributing to the work of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. This variety has made my time in the industry all the more enjoyable.”
The well-known industry figure followed both his father and grandfather into the trade when he joined A Gillies & Company, Whisky Blenders & Brokers as a General Production Assistant in 1966.
Three years later he joined Whyte & Mackay Distillers and became their Master Blender within five years, aged just 26.
He went on to develop and define the internationally renowned Dalmore brand and even earned the nickname “The Nose” thanks to his ability to identify a whisky from one whiff alone.
Paterson added, “The next 18 months are shaping up to be among my best yet. I enjoy meeting people who have a passion for whisky and I’m relishing the chance to share my celebration with connoisseurs from across the world.”
To celebrate his contribution and education to the whisky industry, Dalmore distiller Whyte & Mackay released the video below.