EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Dream on, 'Sir' Colin Hampden-White! TV whisky buff isn't ...

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Dream on, 'Sir' Colin Hampden-White! TV whisky buff isn't ...
EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Dream on, 'Sir' Colin Hampden-White! TV whisky buff isn't ...

Widely described as Sir Colin Hampden-White, the whisky expert sees his upper-crust credentials emphasised by streaming giant Amazon Prime, which on trailers for his show, The Three Drinkers, films him arriving at a Scottish castle in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce.

However, I can reveal that the 'aristocrat' is not all he seems.

He is, in fact, a photographer who has no right to use the title of 'Sir', as he's neither a knight nor a baronet. 

When I confront the phony knight, he admits his 'title' does not feature in Debrett's Peerage, which contains a record of all titled families. 

Widely described as Sir Colin Hampden-White, the whisky expert sees his upper-crust credentials emphasised by streaming giant Amazon Prime, which on trailers for his show, The Three Drinkers, films him arriving at a Scottish castle in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce

Widely described as Sir Colin Hampden-White, the whisky expert sees his upper-crust credentials emphasised by streaming giant Amazon Prime, which on trailers for his show, The Three Drinkers, films him arriving at a Scottish castle in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce

'I didn't go down on bended knee to be knighted by the Queen,' he tells me. 

'As far as I'm aware, the family were given an honour under Edward III's reign. 

'He handed out some, and they weren't recorded, so the Palace doesn't put them in Debrett's.' 

A Debrett's spokesman confirms: 'Colin Hampden-White doesn't have a hereditary title that would grant him the foretitle "Sir".'

The whisky industry is peopled with many grandees with genuine titles, such as the Duke of Argyll, and the bumptious tippler, 49, has been happy for publications to describe him as 'Sir Colin'. 

An article on Whisky Corner called him 'a real live bone fide Sir' and he's referred to as 'Sir' on the website of Cask Trade, the business for which he's listed as a non-executive director. 

'People have used it for me — they've used it in interviews and things,' he tells me. 

However, I can reveal that the 'aristocrat' is not all he seems. He is, in fact, a photographer who has no right to use the title of 'Sir', as he's neither a knight nor a baronet

However, I can reveal that the 'aristocrat' is not all he seems. He is, in fact, a photographer who has no right to use the title of 'Sir', as he's neither a knight nor a baronet

'The family came across in the first millennium, and they were members of a chivalrous order, so I can use the title in Europe. I can't put it on my passport, but I can use it.'

And there appears to be more than one explanation as to how his passion for whisky was ignited. 

He told Cask Trade: 'I vividly remember being given a dram by a gamekeeper on a freezing cold shoot in Scotland when I was about 15 or so.'

Yet, in the interview with Whisky Corner, he says it was only when working as a photographer and tasked with taking pictures of so many distilleries that he was then asked to start writing about them, too.

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The procedure involves piercing the cartilage between your nostrils.

The 25-year-old shared pictures of her punctured nose with fans online.

Little Women star Florence Pugh is prepared to suffer big pain in the name of fashion

Little Women star Florence Pugh is prepared to suffer big pain in the name of fashion

The restaurateur's daughter from Oxford revealed that she 'fainted' and turned 'green' while having her septum pierced before the New York premiere of the film Don't Look Up, which stars Leonardo Di Caprio

The restaurateur's daughter from Oxford revealed that she 'fainted' and turned 'green' while having her septum pierced before the New York premiere of the film Don't Look Up, which stars Leonardo Di Caprio

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