Dr Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker Master Blender, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his outstanding services in the Scotch whisky industry.

About Jim Beveridge

Jim’s career with world-leading distillery company Diageo has spanned almost four decades, and in that time he has established himself as one of the most highly respected figures in the industry, renowned not only for his skill and dedication to quality but his unassuming manner.

He is only the sixth person in two centuries of the company’s history to have held the position of Master Blender, the first being founder John Walker himself.

Based at Diageo’s blending rooms in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, Jim leads a team of twelve blenders, who responsible for the quality and consistency of the world’s most popular Scotch whisky Johnnie Walker, which prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2020. Jim also works closely will all the craftspeople involved in producing the whisky - including distillers, coopers and coppersmiths.

In 2015, he was inducted into the World Whisky Hall of Fame, and in 2016, he was named Master Blender of the Year by the International Whisky Competition for the second year in a row.

Jim Beveridge on his award

Paying tribute to the people who make Scotch whisky and their passion and commitment to the craft, Jim comments on his award;

“I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of everyone who contributes to making Johnnie Walker. It’s a team effort that involves all the women and men who work in our distilleries, coppersmiths, cooperage, warehouses and bottling halls across Scotland.

“We believe we are the custodians of our brands, standing on the shoulders of the giants who went before us. I really feel that today. This is recognition of everyone, over the years, who have been involved in making Johnnie Walker the leading global brand that it is.”

Diageo on Jim Beveridge’s OBE

“This is a proud day for Jim but also for Johnnie Walker and Diageo. Jim epitomises everything that makes Johnnie Walker and Scotch whisky great. He is dedicated to his craft and passionate about the quality of his product. Most importantly he is a wonderful person and that is why he is so highly regarded not just in Diageo but throughout the Scotch whisky industry.”

Ivan Menezes, Diageo Chief Executive

“Quality and consistency have been the hallmarks of Johnnie Walker since it was founded by John Walker almost two centuries ago. Jim is the guardian of that legacy today and everyone involved with Johnnie Walker and Diageo will be raising a toast to him and celebrating this terrific achievement.”

John Williams, Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director


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