Richard Paterson

Custodian and creator of Whyte & Mackay for over 40 years

Richard Paterson has been the custodian and creator of Whyte & Mackay for more than 40 years. As a third generation in a family which has long been established within the Scotch Whisky industry, Richard started honing his craft from the age of 17, working as a general production assistant at a whisky blending and exporting company. Having perfected the age old double marriage process, Richard is no stranger to success and is regarded as one of the foremost whisky experts in the world.

As well as the numerous personal accolades acknowledging his superiority in the whisky industry, Richard has also proven instrumental in Whyte & Mackay being awarded the following honours:

IWSC named Whyte & Mackay Global Distiller of the Year 2009

Over the last consecutive three years, Whyte & Mackay Special has been a silver medallist at the IWSC awards – a great testament to its quality and taste

Both 13 and 22 years old were awarded Silver ‘best in class’ medals at the IWSC awards in 2009

The 30 years old was named the ‘best blended whisky in the world’ by the IWSC in 2009 and ‘Best in Class’ the following year

The 40 years old has also been named the best blend in the world at the World Whisky Awards and received the ‘Masters’ award at the Scotch Whisky Masters in 2010 – the highest award possible.

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