Published: 20/04/2013 14:00 - Updated: 19/04/2013 11:40

Honour to Moray whisky figures

THE lasting contribution made to the industry by two Moray whisky experts has been recognised.

David Urquhart.
David Urquhart.

David Urquhart, of Gordon and MacPhail, has been inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame.

He was joined by David Grant, of William Grant and Sons, in the 2013 ­intake of just five inductees.

Inclusion in the Hall of Fame is a permanent tribute to individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whisky.

Mr Urquhart is a non-executive director of the family-owned, Elgin-based company after retiring as joint managing director in 2012.

Said Mr Urquhart: “My inclusion is surely a reflection of the successful development of Gordon and MacPhail, which from having primarily supplied whisky to the UK grocery trade in the 1970s now sells its products in more than 50 countries around the world.”

Also joining the list was Mr Grant, the great grandson of William Grant of Glenfiddich.

David Grant...Picture courtesy of The Whisky Magazine.
David Grant...Picture courtesy of The Whisky Magazine.

He played a significant role in the success of the company during the years when Glenfiddich single malt was transformed into a major global brand.

Joining William Grant and Sons in 1962, he served a thorough apprenticeship both within the family firm and in other arenas of the Scotch whisky industry.

In 1969, Mr Grant took on the key role of Glenfiddich global brand manager, and played a key role in its growth.

He remains a share­holder with an active interest in both the company and the wider Scotch ­whisky industry.

Read the full story in The Northern Scot print version.

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