``We treat our members like best friends and are striving to create lifelong friendships with and between our members``

We are Scotland’s newest whisky club, with a real passion for whisky and a deep desire to share our love and knowledge about this wonderful drink with others. Historically, whisky has been the spirit that bonds people together, as they share intimate stories and tales of woe, over a dram or few! Now, more than ever, we want to celebrate our splendid, national drink and bring fellow dram lovers together from across the globe to; learn, enjoy, socialise and make lasting connections, ‘making the whisky world a smaller place’.

1775 Whisky Passport strives to be different and offer more than just whisky tastings.  We are bringing together whisky lovers, in a more fun yet still informative manner.  We treat our members like best friends and are striving to create lifelong friendships with and between our members, through our regular interactions and shared passion for the very fine, single malt whisky.

Graham Blaikie

With over 25 years’ experience in the bar and restaurant industry, Graham, a native Scot is the owner of the award-winning gastropub, the Mercat Grill in East Lothian, Scotland, treasurer of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and a whisky aficionado!  Through his roles, he’s inextricably linked with the Scotch whisky industry, from his tastings held for customers through to sourcing his extensive collection of 250 + malts for his gastropub.

Over the years, the combination of work liaisons and love for the single malt – has led to an impressive knowledge about whisky and Graham loves nothing better, than sharing this through his cheerful, engaging and enthusiastic manner, with all who wish to know more!  And when he gets a chance – he loves riding his motorbike and watching the rugby!

Neil Forbes

This native Scot has had a lifelong love for the single malt and has incorporated his passion for the drink, into his career – starting with when he owned his own bar where he built up an enviable range of hand-picked whiskies for his customers.  Neil racked up some great experience as a tour guide at the Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian, where he would take his visitors on an informing journey, into the world of whisky at Glenkinchie, educating them on everything from the production process to tasting the end product.

Carrying on in the whisky ‘spirit’ of things – Neil founded Saltire Executive Golf and Travel, bringing together all of his passions.  For almost a decade now, Neil’s been offering whisky trips and tastings throughout Scotland and beyond, both in person and virtually – as well as running tours across his homeland for tourists.  Neil loves to talk about everything and anything to do with Scotch, in his enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate way.  And when he’s not doing this (or tasting a single malt or two) he’s golfing, travelling or enjoying time with his brood of grandchildren.

Grzegorz Wozny

With over 15 years’ experience in IT and his own Edinburgh-based business Simple Office Solutions – Grzegorz is the digital whizz who is key to providing everything for 1775 Whisky Passport to fully function on the online side, from managing the club’s website through to our regular, virtual whisky tastings.  He is passionate about whisky, the culture of this fine drink and is progressing on his own journey of learning to appreciate this splendid spirit.  And when he’s got some time to himself, he likes to take off into the mountains for some walking or pursue his new hobby of body boarding!