Diageo Master Blender Jim Beveridge. Photo ©2013 by Mark Gillespie. Jim Beveridge is the master blender for Diageo’s Johnnie Walker whiskies, which means he’s responsible for some of the world’s best-selling Scotch whiskies. It also means he doesn’t have time to do interviews very often, and I’ve wanted to talk with him for several years…so when we had the chance to connect for a few minutes, I jumped at the chance. We’ll discuss his latest creation, Johnnie Walker Double Black, which has jumped from travel retail into mainstream markets, along with the art and science of whisky blending. In the news, Suntory prepares to export Hakushu single malts to the U.S., the 2012 Malt Whisky Yearbook has been published, and more!

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