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New Zealander Awarded Whisky 'Knighthood'

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A New Zealander has been awarded the whisky equivalent of a knighthood.

Michael Fraser Milne was made a Keeper of the Quaich in a ceremony in Scotland last week.

"I am honoured that my involvement in the whisky industry has been acknowledged by this group," said Michael. "The Keepers of the Quaich are an exclusive group that help promote the Scotch Whisky industry, and they don't give these honours lightly."

Michael is only the third New Zealander ever to be invited to be part of the group, and the only one in the past decade.

An exclusive non-profit society based in Scotland, membership of the Keepers of the Quaich is by invitation only, for people with a positive record of association with Scotch whisky. The society is named for the Quaich, a shallow, two-handled cup that has been Scotland's traditional drinking vessel for centuries.

Originally from the Strathisla region of Scotland, whisky "is in Michael's blood", with his father brokering whisky with his great uncle soon after leaving school in 1938. His father's company, HL Milne, consequently sold malting barley seed and barley to distillers.

Michael has lived in New Zealand for over fifteen years, importing whisky since 1992 and retailing through the 'Whisky Galore' shop in Christchurch since 2003. The shop stocks over 500 whiskies and is seriously dedicated to all aspects of the whisky public's needs. He also organises DramFest, a biennial whisky festival held in Christchurch.

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