Whisky club organised by St Andrews students donates annual profits to WaterAid charity

A local student-led whisky club based in St Andrews is generously donating its annual profits to a clean water charity. 

Published 13th Dec 2018
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

St Andrews Quaich Society, which is run by locals and students, made its annual donation of profits to the charity at the Cupar Rotary Club Christmas Dinner on Wednesday (14th December).

The Society hosts regular whisky tastings, led by professional Brand Ambassadors, in Hotel du Vin, St Andrews, on Thursday evenings throughout the University semester and beyond.

Last year was a bumper year for the group, meaning they were able to donate a sum of £5000 to WaterAid, generated by locals and students drinking whisky and learning about Scotland’s national spirit.

Through their partnership with Luvians Bottleshop (Cupar & St Andrews) and the Cupar Rotary Club, this donation was then tripled to a total of £15,000 - as both Luvians and the Rotary Club generously match the club's donation.

Vince Fusaro, co-founder of Luvians and Honorary Lifetime President to the Society; Andrew Mundy, 2017-18 Vice President of the Society and former St Andrews student; and Aedan A. Burt, St Andrews resident and current President made the announcement at the dinner.

Aedan A. Burt said: "WaterAid do tremendous work across the globe improving sanitation and access to clean water, and this donation will go a long way to support that work.

"We are therefore immensely proud of all our members, who give so generously both in attending, and at the raffle to raise further funds for WaterAid which ends each event.

"We are particularly pleased by this donation, one of the largest we have made, as the Society goes into its 25th year. In this, our anniversary year, we are doing more events, bigger and better than ever.

"This includes an upcoming collaboration with Fife Whisky Festival in March to bring a panel of Whisky Experts and Professionals
together in celebration of our 25th birthday."

Burt added that the Society operates as a "great and fun way to experience whisky for all" - and is open to the "new and curious, the casual connoisseur, or any self-professed expert".

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He said: "All are welcome, anyone can become a member, and entry is only £7 with membership or £12 for non-members. Membership can also be bought at any event, costs £15, and confers a number of benefits, including a 7.5 per cent discount on whisky purchases at Luvians Bottleshop, our long-standing friends.

"All profits are donated to WaterAid on an annual basis, which are also matched by both Luvians and the Cupar Rotary Club. Drinking whisky for charity - whatever could be better?"

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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