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Johnnie Walker’s Master Blender, Dr. Jim Beveridge has received an OBE for his outstanding service to the Scotch whisky industry.

During his career Dr Beveridge has established himself as one of the most highly respected figures in the industry, renowned for his skill and dedication to quality, as well as his considered and unassuming manner.

The accolade comes as Johnnie Walker prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2020. Dr. Beveridge is only the sixth person in two centuries of the brand’s history to have held the position of Master Blender, the first being the Founder John Walker himself.

Here it deserves a mention that Johnnie Walker is at the heart of a £150 million investment programme in Scotch whisky tourism by Diageo, including creating a global flagship visitor attraction in Edinburgh and transforming the company’s 12 distillery visitor experiences around Scotland.