The week in pictures

Dr Rachel Barrie with son Alexander and husband Hamish (L-R, just to clarify)

In whisky news, Dr. Rachel Barrie, the master blender for spirits giant Brown Forman’s Scotch portfolio, was made a Keeper of the Quaich at a private ceremony held at Blair Castle on Monday 7 October.

The Keepers of the Quaich is a highly exclusive society in the world of whisky, established to honour those who produce and promote it worldwide.

With 27 years of experience, Barrie joined the Brown-Forman family in March 2017 as Master Blender for The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries.

In recognition of her service to the whisky industry, she was made an honorary Doctor of Science at a ceremony in July last year.

The so-called First Lady of Scotch was also papped enjoying the celebrations with Outlander star and whisky fan, Sam Heughan.

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