Colin Hampden-White took an unconventional route into the world of whisky. A trained quantity surveyor, in 2001 he decided to follow one of his passions by becoming a professional photographer. After several years as a snapper for The Scotsman, he then moved to London to work with both The Times and the FT.
There, he was able to combine photography with wider journalism, becoming a freelance writer as well. His focus was fine wine and whisky for Condé Nast’s Lux magazine, and in 2012 he won the coveted Artistry of Wine prize in The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards.
Represented since 2008 by the contemporary art gallerist Rebecca Hossack, his fine art portraits of great wine and whisky makers have been exhibited extensively in London and Manhattan. His work went into the National Portrait Gallery in 2011, and can be found in private collections worldwide.
In 2015, he became founding editor of Whisky Quarterly, the world’s first magazine dedicated to luxury whisky. He also began to judge for the International Wine and Spirits Competition and the World Whisky Awards. In 2016, his contribution to Scotch whisky was further recognised when he was made a member of the Keepers of the Quaich.
In the same year, he was elected chairman of the Circle of Wine and Spirits Writers. Hampden-White has travelled back to his native Scotland every few months over the last 10 years, to photograph and write about the people and distilleries that make up the Scotch whisky industry. Via this work he has nurtured robust professional relationships and gained many friends across all strata of the industry.
He also possesses an intimate and detailed knowledge of how the whisky industry works, while still maintaining a truly objective and impartial view across the entirety of the landscape.
As if he weren’t busy enough already, Hampden-White also finds time to act as a presenter on the global TV show The Three Drinkers on Amazon Prime. He is also director of Booze Productions Ltd.
Offering a wealth of knowledge about whisky and the wider whisky industry, Hampden-White joined Cask Trade as its non-executive director. He believes the integrity and trust at the very heart of the company.
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