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Issue 48 - 50 and still going

Scotland Magazine Issue 48
December 2009

 

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50 and still going

In these times when both job security and loyalty are so often at a premium, it seems remarkable that one man has worked for the same company for 50 years.

Even in the Scotch whisky industry, where family dynasties and long service tend to be more common than in many other businesses, the story of Dennis McBain is a highly unusual one.

McBain clocked up his half century of service to William Grant & Sons Ltd at their Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries in the Speyside whisky ‘capital’ of Dufftown, on 29th October.

He is the last remaining resident distillery coppersmith in Scotland, and is himself part of a ‘whisky family dynasty.’ “My grandfather worked at Glenfiddich and my father was 20 years here,” he explains “As well as myself, three of my brothers have also been at the distillery at various times.

“I joined William Grant & Sons in 1958, and I never knew another distillery, even then, that had its own coppersmith.”