Friday, October 25, 2019


Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Dr Jim Beveridge, was today awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen, for his outstanding service to the Scotch whisky industry.

Recognising a career spanning almost four decades with Diageo, Jim was presented with his OBE medal, during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Dr Jim Beveridge OBE

During his career Jim 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. Jim is only the sixth person in two centuries of the company’s history to have held the position of Master Blender, the first being founder John Walker himself.

Commenting on the news, Jim, said: “It was a wonderful experience to receive this award from Her Majesty the Queen, and it is an honour that I am delighted to receive on behalf of all the people I have worked with in Scotch whisky over the past four decades. Scotch truly is a team effort at every step from grain to glass and it is a privilege to work in such a special industry. I dedicate this award to all the women and men in our distilleries, coppersmiths, cooperage, warehouses and bottling halls across Scotland who are all responsible for making Johnnie Walker.”

Next year, Jim will celebrate 40 years with Johnnie Walker. To mark the occasion, he has been asked to work with his team on a unique 40 year old whisky using some of the rarest Scotch in the Johnnie Walker archives.

Posted by Steve Rush