Whisky event to explore sexism in the industry


A WHISKY event looking to end sexism in the industry will make its online debut tomorrow on the 26th of November.

The workshop comes after a well known whisky critic was condemned for using “sexist language” in his latest whisky guide.

“Dram Disgrace” will be the first event as part of “The Just Platform”  series, in which industry experts will discuss a range of topics on the issue of sexism in the industry.

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The event will seek to look into sexism in the industry following backlash from Jim Murray’s book which was condemned for sexist language.

Just Festival’s Board Member Helen Foord, CEO of ELE Global will speak along side with “Our Whisky” co-founder Becky Paskin.

Other industry experts from William Grant, Glenrinnes Distillery and others will also take to the stage to discuss gender bias and discrimination in the whisky industry.

The event follows a controversial book by renowned whisky critic Jim Murray, which was subsequently de-listed by many retailers who took offense at its “sexist” language.

Following the release, brands such as Glenfiddich, The Whisky Exchange, Beam Suntory and the Scotch Whisky Association came out in support of those who condemned the Whisky Bible guide.

The panel of speakers will be sharing thoughts and discussing if this was a standalone moment, or if this is widespread problem, and where do we go from here.

Helen Foord, CEO of ELE Global comments, “Dram Disgrace is a really important event and topic for the drinks industry, those interested in Scottish produce and importantly the topic of sexism in 2020.

“I very much hope Dram Disgrace will help to challenge perceptions and encourage dialogue on such important issues of our time, during these uncertain times.”