Whisky story with a difference

Suddenly, I’m a wee bitty thirsty…

From one of the more responsible parts of the Guardian:

Donald Trump’s Scottish love affair on the rocks after whisky award slight

Furious Trump bans all whiskies by distiller that sponsored Top Scot award given to his obstinate neighbour

You what?

Property magnate Donald Trump has gone to war with one of the world’s largest whisky companies after it sponsored an award given to an arch critic of his controversial Scottish golf course.

In what is emerging as the battle of the billionaires, Trump said he has banned every brand of whisky sold by William Grant & Sons from his resorts and hotels after Michael Forbes, his obstinate neighbour in Aberdeenshire, was voted Top Scot in a ceremony sponsored by the distiller’s leading brand, Glenfiddich.

The closest resident to Trump’s golf course, Forbes won the award last week after a public vote, beating the Olympic tennis gold medallist and US Open winner Andy Murray. Trump said that decision was “an insult to both Andy Murray and Scotland itself”.

Note: it was a public vote. Unless William Grant & Sons stuffed the ballot, which I am sure they did not, Trump’s anger is misplaced. But he has the right to make a fool of himself if he wants… with crap like this:

Trump claimed that William Grant & Sons, which broke through the £1bn sales barrier this year and owns several of the world’s most popular whiskies, including Grant’s, was jealous of his own inhouse single malt whisky brand.

Read it all and enjoy a sneak peek inside the mind of someone who does not like getting his own way.

By contrast, William Grant & Sons behaved like menschen. They:

…gave short shrift to Trump’s criticisms, which he first aired on Twitter on Tuesday, insisting it had nothing to do with the voting for the award, which Glenfiddich has sponsored for 15 years.

It had never interfered with the outcome, it said, and insisted Forbes’s victory should be respected.

“We understand that there may have been some confusion and misunderstanding concerning the structure and running of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards,” the firm said in a statement.

“Top Scot is a totally open category in which the people of Scotland can vote for whomsoever they choose and Glenfiddich has no influence on this decision. [The] Top Scot may be one of that year’s category nominees or may come from any walk of life. The person receiving the greatest number of votes, cast by the people of Scotland, wins the award.”

It added: “In the history of these awards, we are not aware of the Top Scot award causing any offence or upset to anyone and it is not our intention to do so now. These awards were set up to give the people of Scotland a vote and we must respect their decision.”

I have nothing against Donald Trump, but this type of behavior is plain daft. (Publicity generating, but still daft.) I can see me ensuring my next malt whisky purchase is a Glenfiddich.