Trump resort joins whisky advice scheme

STAFF at Donald Trump’s golf resort in Aberdeenshire are to be trained to offer players expert advice on whisky.

Trump International has signed up to The Whisky Ambassador - a new training scheme that aims to boost tourism and the whisky and hospitality industries by developing expertise among bar staff about Scotland’s national drink.

The plan is that workers will eventually be able to explain the difference between the various whiskies.

The championship course at the Menie Estate, near Balmedie, is due to open next week.

Mr Trump has chosen Glendronach distillery, near Huntly, to create a limited edition 26-year-old malt whisky to commemorate the opening.

Andy Philp, Trump International’s food and drink manager said training staff to become whisky ambassadors was important to the company.

He added: “We are committed to promoting Scottish culture and heritage and helping make the country the toast of tourists.

“Whisky is just as much a part of Scotland’s story as its golf, and we will offer the very best of both.”

Sue Beatt, from The Whisky Ambassador, added: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Trump International Golf Links in the home of golf and the home of whisky to help customers learn about our national drink.

“So many people stick to selling and drinking only the best known brands but there is a whole world of wonderful whiskies out there to explore. Our partnership should give weary golfers the perfect tonic at the 19th hole.”

The course will be provided at the Trump International Golf Links in conjunction with the British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body (BIIAB) and Aberdeen’s leading licensing solicitors James and George Collie.

Meanwhile, the finishing touches are being applied to the £750 million resort in readiness for Tuesday’s grand opening.

Work started on the project in 2010 and a star-studded line-up has been drawn up for the big occasion.

It’s been confirmed that Colin Montgomerie will be among those tee-ing up.