COLM MCLOUGHLIN INDUCTED AS MASTER OF THE QUAICH Induction of the Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Mr Colm McLoughlin to Master of the Quaich.

At a traditional ceremony held at Blair Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin, was inducted as “Master of the Quaich” for his outstanding contribution to the Scotch Whisky industry.  McLoughlin was among a select group of five members inducted as Master of the Quaich.


Colm McLoughlin was made a member of the ˜Keepers of the Quaich” in 2006 in recognition of the work undertaken by Dubai Duty Free in the promotion of Scotch Whisky since 1983, when the operation opened for business at Dubai International Airport. Over its 33 years of business, the operation has grown to become the largest single airport retailer in the world with sales of US$1.888 billion in 2015, with Scotch whisky accounting for US$116 million in sales last year.


Commenting on his induction as Master of the Quaich, Colm, who was accompanied by his wife Breeda, said: “I am delighted to be part of such an historic society and it is a great privilege to be selected as a Master of the Quaich. This is an exclusive international community committed to promoting Scotch Whisky, and I am honoured to represent Dubai Duty Free on this very special occasion.”


During the course of the evening, the Society also inducted 47 new Keepers of the Quaich. The Keepers of the Quaich was founded in 1988 by the leading Scotch whisky distillers and takes its name from the two-handled drinking bowl which is described in the Gaelic language as a “˜cuach’ or “˜quaich’ – a vessel long associated with the drinking of Scotch whisky.


To date, there have been 2,549 Keepers of the Quaich, 50 Honorary Keepers and only 200 Masters have ever been awarded the title. The members come from over 100 countries. 

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