DALLAS, TX – October 1, 2011 The Keepers of the Quaich, the exclusive Scotch Whisky society with a wide international membership, met on 3rd October 2011 to welcome 43 new members as keepers of the Quaich and 6 Masters of the Quaich.

The Society was founded to represent the Scotch Whisky industry worldwide, it promotes the goodwill of the industry and honors those who have made a significant contribution to it. Keepers of the Quaich have served the industry well for a minimum of five years and being made a member of the Society is considered a position of great honor. Masters of the Quaich are leading figures in the industry who have been exceptionally supportive in the ten years since being inducted as Keeper and have made a considerable contribution to the Scotch Whisky industry.

Twice a year the Society meets in the Highlands of Scotland at Blair Castle, the ancient and historic home of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl. Keepers and Masters are inducted at a dignified ceremony by the Grand Master, Paul Walsh, CEO of Diageo plc and entertained at a banquet with the finest of Scottish hospitality.

Amongst the new Keepers on this occasion was Mr. Robert Hendrickson, Executive Vice President, Republic National Distributing Co, 1010 Isuzu Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050, USA. There are now 2,071 Keepers of the Quaich and 147 Masters of the Quaich worldwide, members come from 86 countries. On this occasion 16 countries were represented.

The Society takes its name from the two handled drinking bowl which is described in the ancient Gaelic language of Scotland as a ‘cuach’ or quaich, a vessel long associated with the drinking of Scotch Whisky.