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Scotland's First Minister made 'keeper of the Quaich'

Published:  23 July, 2008

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has become an ambassador of Scotch Whisky by becoming the Keeper of the Quaich.'

At the annual banquet at Blair Castle in Blair Atholl, Salmond was inducted as a new keeper with 39 others, who are now tasked with promoting and protecting the future of Scotch Whisky.

There are currently 1,800 members of the society in 82 countries who now work to sustain the future of Scotch Whisky.

The Quaich is a traditional drinking vessel of Scotland that is traditionally filled with whisky and passed around at parties and clan gatherings.

Salmond said: "The global character of the Keepers of the Quaich is a true reflection of the international appeal of whisky. Scotland's whisky is not only an excellent ambassador for the quality and distinction of Scotland's produce, it plays a vital role in sustainable economic growth.

"My government fully backs the Scottish Whisky Associations' push for greater legal protection in order to protect this iconic Scottish product in the global market."

The ceremony took part on the first evening of the World Whiskies Conference.

The two-day summit kicked off in Glasgow on April 15, with keynote speakers Vijay Mallya, chair of UB Group and Diageo chief and chair of the Scotch Whisky Association Paul Walsh.