Keepers of the Quaich: Ben Davidson & Sven Almenning

The Keepers of the Quaich, an exclusive Scotch Whisky society met at Blair Castle in Scotland to welcome 45 new members as Keepers of the Quaich and five Masters of the Quaich. The international membership recognises individuals from all aspects of the Scotch Whisky industry be it writing, educating or working in the industry.

Keepers of the Quaich: Ben Davidson & Sven Almenning
L-R: Sven Almenning, Ben Davidson

Australia’s Ben Davidson, Pernod Ricard Australia’s National Spirits Education Manager and Sven Almenning of the Speakeasy Group (Eau de Vie Sydney, EDV Melbourne, Boilermaker House and The Roosevelt) were among the new members awarded the prestigious title.

Since its inception, 2,503 Keepers of the Quaich inducted from over 100 countries. The Society’s name is derived from the two handled drinking vessel described in Gaelic as a ‘cuach’ or quaich, which has a long association with friendship and the drinking of Scotch whisky.

To celebrate their induction, an intimate celebration was held at Eau de Vie in Sydney with members of the Keepers of the Quaich in attendance including Master of the Quaich, Gordon Roderick. Throughout the evening, Ben and Sven regaled guests with stories from their journey in the lead up to the ceremony in Blair Castle, punctuated by tastings of some exclusive drams such as The Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Cask Strength, The Glenliver 16 yo Single Cask, Longmorn 16 yo, Aberlour 18 yo and finishing with a toast of Chivas Regal 25 yo.

Keepers of the Quaich: Ben Davidson & Sven Almenning

The Keepers of the Quaich Induction Celebration by Pernod Ricard Australia was held on Monday 2 May 2016 at Eau de Vie bar in Darlinghurst.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.