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Donald Trump's Scottish love affair on the rocks after whisky award sleight

Donald Trump's Scottish love affair on the rocks after whisky award sleight

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

Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent,, Wednesday 5 December 2012 09.00 EST

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".

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.

The distillery sold more than one million cases of Glenfiddich, but Trump continued: "Glenfiddich should be ashamed of themselves for granting this award to Forbes, just for the sake of publicity.

"Glenfiddich is upset that we created our own single malt whisky using another distillery, which offers far greater products. People at our clubs do not ask for Glenfiddich, and I make a pledge that no Trump property will ever do business with Glenfiddich or William Grant & Sons.

"I hereby call for a boycott on drinking Glenfiddich products because there is no way a result such as this could have been made by the Scottish people."

After suggesting that the voting for Forbes had been fixed by "a small group of detractors" casting multiple votes, he continued: "Glenfiddich's choice of Michael Forbes, as Top Scot, will go down as one of the great jokes ever played on the Scottish people and is a terrible embarrassment to Scotland."

William Grant & Sons 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."

by Anonymousreply 1712/05/2012

I honestly think he has early signs of dementia.

by Anonymousreply 112/05/2012

I agree, R1. He's throwing punches at random and after the bell rings.

by Anonymousreply 212/05/2012


by Anonymousreply 312/05/2012

Next, I go after Denver-Carrington!

by Anonymousreply 412/05/2012

Alrighty then.

Time for me to find the brands of whisky sold by William Grant & Sons and get some.

I will also push every brand of whisky sold by William Grant & Sons I can find on the various whiskey and cocktail boards I read.

I will also look for them in bars when I can.

FUCK DONALD TRUMP. He's an ass faced child bully who think he can run the fucking world. FUCK HIM.

by Anonymousreply 512/05/2012

The Scots only have themselves to blame they let that fuck into their country. Boycott Macy's and NBC

by Anonymousreply 612/05/2012

Oh Fuck TRUMP.

NOt only do they make Glenfidditch, the make [italic]Balvanie[/italic]- which is one of the smoothes Scotch's around and not low end- as well as Tullamore and HENDRICK'S GIN.

Not that the classless people who frequent Trump's places would have the class to know what Balvanie and Hendricks are.

by Anonymousreply 712/05/2012

Brands to look for if you want to defy Douchebag:

Glenfiddich The Balvenie Tullamore Dew Hendrick's Sailor Jerry Grant's

Stolichnaya Licor 43 Lillet Bols

Solerno Reyka The Knot Hudson Whiskeys Root (Art in the age)


Milagro Clan MacGregor Bennett Wines

by Anonymousreply 812/05/2012

Thanks r8, you just simplified my Christmas shopping!

by Anonymousreply 912/05/2012

Time for a John Lennon-type murder to take place in NYC. Just saying. WHAT good does Trump serve on this earth???

by Anonymousreply 1012/05/2012

That Donald sure likes to hold grudges and public bitch slap fights. Throw in some earrings and a caftan and his alter ego could be Datalounge Man!

by Anonymousreply 1112/05/2012

[quote]Trump continued: "Glenfiddich should be ashamed of themselves for granting this award to Forbes, just for the sake of publicity.

Did I just read this correctly?

I imagine all those classy people who go to Trump resorts are going to be pissed off when they can't order a Stoli on the rocks!

by Anonymousreply 1212/05/2012

Someone needs to give him a Glasgow Kiss.

by Anonymousreply 1312/05/2012

Trump is a blowhard assclown.

by Anonymousreply 1412/05/2012

We're remain very proud of our association with Mr. Trump and the entire Trump brand.

by Anonymousreply 1512/05/2012

A shame Andy Murray didn't get it this year. At least it went to someone who has enraged Trump.

by Anonymousreply 1612/05/2012

The article doesn't really explain it, but this Michael Forbes has been nothing but trouble for Trump and his unpopular golf course plan, and Forbes has turned into a bit of a folk hero in Scotland because of it.

The fact that he won is pretty much a giant fuck you to Trump from all of Scotland. Trump took it personally because that was exactly what he was supposed to do.

by Anonymousreply 1712/05/2012
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