Lynne McCrossan: Grub and brand history made for dram good night

Fraser Moodie, 21 lives in the city centre. Fraser was spotted at The City Art Centre looking sharp. His shirt and tie are Alexander McQueen, his kilt is 21st century kilt and boots are McQueen Vivienne Westwood.
Fraser Moodie, 21 lives in the city centre. Fraser was spotted at The City Art Centre looking sharp. His shirt and tie are Alexander McQueen, his kilt is 21st century kilt and boots are McQueen Vivienne Westwood.
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PERCHED at the edge of an intimate dining table across from some of the most inspiring residents our fair city has to offer isn’t your average Thursday night’s tea.

But what would you expect when the John Walker & Sons Voyager yacht is in town as part of the Diageo promotional tour that’s seen them sailing the seven seas and partying at every port along the way.

While remembering which fork went with each corresponding course, we delved into the history of the brand that’s over 150 years old. This tickled my geek gland no end.

While hoards of revellers piled on board the palatial yacht to party upstairs, I was in my element eating Michelin -starred scran hearing about the brand’s heritage.

As I chatted with Nick Temperley, head of reserve brands in the UK for Diageo, I was swept up in the stories.

Companies with a centenary behind them tend to fair easier when it comes to marketing. It is the newbies that need precise planning to ensure they too are around as long as the Johnnie Walkers of the world.

Confiding he was at a cross roads with a new vodka brand with massive potential, his words of wisdom were very welcome as the capsule clothing collection takes a detour.

It’s serendipitous moments like this that make life very sweet.

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