of the Quaich"
Inducts The Scotch Doc
setting was The Grand Hall of Scotland's ancient Blair
Castle with roots as far back as 1263. It was in this
historic castle on April 27, 1998, that Dr. David L. McCoy,
now better known around the world as "The Scotch
Doc," was inducted into, perhaps, the most prestigious
and honored institution in the international Scotch whisky
industry -- The Keepers of the Quaich. An indication of
how special this annual Keepers of the Quaich Induction
Ceremony and Banquet has become is reflected in its past
guests of honor. President Ronald Reagan and Mrs. Reagan,
Prince Charles, Secretary Caspar Weinberger and South
Africa's President De Klerk have all witnessed this ritual
and attended the ceremonies. It is at this very formal
event, complete with all the related pageantry, that the
induction of the most respected individuals from around
the world are chosen to be so honored by the international
Scotch whisky industry.
Following the induction ceremonies, Dr. McCoy and his
fellow inductees attended a banquet in their honor in
The Great Hall. At the head table were the Grand Master,
His Grace the Duke of Argyll and Her Grace the Duchess.
Joining the Grand Master were the Lord and Lady Macfarlane
of Bearsden, Sir George and Lady Bull, The Viscount and
Viscountess Thurso and Mr. Edgar Bronfman, Jr., President
and Chief Executive Officer of The Seagram Company, Ltd.
The guest list included a virtual "who's who"
of the international Scotch whisky industry.
Dr. McCoy's activities related to Scotch Single Malt Whisky
have been known for some time. It is believed that his
extensive educational efforts to teach the responsible
enjoyment of the unique and characterful Scotch single
malt, his endeavors to inform the public of its exceptional
and ageless qualities, and his many fund raising activities
for several worthy causes account for his nomination and
subsequent induction into the Keepers of the Quaich. Dr.
McCoy's efforts include the endowment of a full semester
scholarship for economically deprived students; fund raising
activities and support of Pediatric AIDS, The American
Heart Association, The American Breast Cancer Society,
Dunblane Children's Fund (Dunblane, Scotland), the "Kilts
For Cops" fund to raise moneys to equip the Lincoln,
New Hampshire, Police Department with kilts, General Norman
Schwarzkopfs Boggy Creek Gang, Public Television,
founding The International Order of Scotch Single Malt
Whisky Connoisseurs and numerous local charities.
Dr. McCoy has been a full-time faculty member for twenty-eight
years and is currently the Chairman of the Photography
Department at Eastfield College of the Dallas County Community
College District. He has made twelve trips to Scotland
and lived on Scotch whisky distillery premises for a week
at a time in order to produce what has been called "the
most definitive photographic study of the production of
the Scotch Single Malt Whisky." A book on the subject
is nearing completion. Upon retirement from his teaching
profession in the next few years, Dr. McCoy plans on creating
photographic studies of the Scottish landscape and the
Scotch whisky industry, pursuing his writing and publishing
interests and continuing his international seminars and
tastings entitled, "Scotch Single Malt Whisky: The
Taste, History and Mystique."
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