Companions of the Quaich
Whisky Tasting & Dinner
Thomas Chen & Barry Dunner
request the pleasure of your company
at a Companions Whisky Tasting & Dinner
A Journey to Jura
Featuring Master Distiller Willie Tait
Sample 5 Isle of Jura whiskies
Whiskies • Dinner • Dessert
Sample five whiskies
sumptuously paired with a four-course meal
(Meal details to follow)
When & Where
Tuesday, the 4th of November at seven o’clock
Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club • 1630 W 15th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6J 2K7
RSVP by October 20, 2014 Programme
Companions of the Quaich Reception: 6:45 pm
140-6751 Graybar Road, Whisky tasting & dinner: 7:00 pm
Richmond, V6W 1H3 Casual attire
email firstname.lastname@example.org Couvert: $75; $85: non-members
At the Door: $10 more Seating limited to 25 participants
About Willie Tait
In 1975 Willie Tait began a lifelong association with the island. He has worked as a tunroom man, mash, stillman, distillery manager and master distiller, and is now Global Brand Ambassador for Jura. In 2011 he was awarded a lifetime Achievement Award from the Malt Advocate magazine.
The Companions of The Quaich is a non-profit society dedicated to sharing knowledge and enjoyment of Single Malt Whisky
A ‘Quaich’ is the traditional Scots drinking vessel for whisky • The name comes from the Gaelic ‘cuach’ which means ‘cup’
Master Distiller, Brand Ambassador
Isle of Jura Single Malt Whisky.
Only 7 miles wide and 30 long, and with a population of just 200, it is not surprising that the magical Isle of Jura has only one distillery – the producer of the award-winning single malt whisky.
Willie Tait’s involvement with Jura begins in January 1975 when he took on the role as Tunroom Man at the remote Hebridean distillery nestled just off the west coast of Scotland. Shortly thereafter he moved on to the role of Mash / Stillman.
In the summer of 1979 Willie took the position of Assistant Distillery Manager, a post he enjoyed until he was made Manager 6 years later. By 1993, he found himself with a new challenge – Distillery Manager of both Jura and Bruichladdich, on the neighbouring Island
After over two decades, and having crafted some truly special single malts, Willie left his adopted island home of Jura in 1999 and returned to the mainland to begin his next adventure. Whisky distilling was well-and-truly in his blood and his next appointment took him to the north east of Scotland to the village of Fettercairn, where he became Manager of three Malt distilleries – Fettercairn, Tamnavulin and Tullibardine.
By September 2003 Willie found himself embarking on yet another new journey when he was appointed as global Master Distiller Brand Ambassador of the Isle of Jura Single Malt Whisky. This role has had Willie travelling the globe delighting people with magical stories of island life and of course allowing them to sample some of the rarest and most delicate single malts Jura has to offer.
After so many years service to the Scotch Whisky industry, his vast experience is widely acknowledged by his peers. In 2011 he was awarded a lifetime Achievement Award from the Malt Advocate magazine.