EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Dream on, 'Sir' Colin Hampden-White! TV whisky buff isn't really a knight at all


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.

Florence’s pierce de resistance

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 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

Kate’s fav designer in a flap for her 35th

Are we living in the new ‘roaring Twenties’? Fashion designer Jade Holland Cooper, whose equestrian-style label is loved by the Duchess of Cambridge, seems to think so.

The wife of Superdry’s craggy co-founder Julian Dunkerton, 56, held a ‘Roaring Twenties’-themed party at the weekend for her 35th birthday at their £50 million Cotswolds stately home. 

The farmer’s daughter from Suffolk dressed up as a flapper in a white art deco-inspired gown and feathered headband for the bash, where she was joined by pals including the Marchioness of Bath and Idris Elba’s wife, Sabrina. 

Jade gushes: ‘It was a truly amazing night with my truly amazing friends.’

Are we living in the new 'roaring Twenties'? Fashion designer Jade Holland Cooper, whose equestrian-style label is loved by the Duchess of Cambridge, seems to think so

Are we living in the new ‘roaring Twenties’? Fashion designer Jade Holland Cooper, whose equestrian-style label is loved by the Duchess of Cambridge, seems to think so

Now you can be your own bodice-ripper 

Bodice-ripper Bridgerton is to bring out its own range of underwear.

I can disclose that studio bosses at Netflix have registered the title of the hit Regency costume drama — which starred Phoebe Dynevor and Rege-Jean Page (pictured) — with the Intellectual Property Office to protect the brand from pirates.

They applied for trademark protection to allow them to make clothes, including undies, plus beauty products. The IPO also rubberstamped trademarks for toys including dolls, food, drink and Christmas decorations.

Bodice-ripper Bridgerton is to bring out its own range of underwear

Bodice-ripper Bridgerton is to bring out its own range of underwear 

Ed Sheeran recently splashed out on a £20 million house in Notting Hill — and he seems to be enjoying the West London neighbourhood so much that he treated neighbours to an impromptu secret concert. 

I can reveal that after a slap-up dinner last week, the pop star went to a local pub and played some songs from his new album to an audience of locals, filmed for U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live. 

Ed and his pals ate at Orasay, owned by society chef Jackson Boxer. 

My man with a corkscrew says: ‘They tipped amazingly well — way above what we usually get as a service charge.’

Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen was lined up to play Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody but he was replaced by Rami Malek, who helped make the film a box-office hit. 

Now, Queen drummer Roger Taylor has said of Baron Cohen: ‘He would have been utter s***.’ 

Taylor adds: ‘I watched his last five films and came to the conclusion he’s not a very good actor.’ Ouch! 

Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen was lined up to play Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody but he was replaced by Rami Malek, who helped make the film a box-office hit

Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen was lined up to play Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody but he was replaced by Rami Malek, who helped make the film a box-office hit

Ed Sheeran recently splashed out on a £20 million house in Notting Hill — and he seems to be enjoying the West London neighbourhood so much that he treated neighbours to an impromptu secret concert. 

I can reveal that after a slap-up dinner last week, the pop star went to a local pub and played some songs from his new album to an audience of locals, filmed for U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live. 

Ed and his pals ate at Orasay, owned by society chef Jackson Boxer. My man with a corkscrew says: ‘They tipped amazingly well — way above what we usually get as a service charge.’

Foreign holidays are being cancelled left, right and centre, but Zara Tindall is determined to travel abroad. 

I hear the Queen’s granddaughter will take her nine-month-old son, Lucas, to Australia for the first time next month. 

Olympian Zara will attend the Magic Millions equestrian event on the Gold Coast. ‘We are excited to be able to come back — I love Australia,’ says Zara.

Countess Emma de Bendern — whose four husbands included my illustrious late predecessor Nigel Dempster — left more than £5.2 million in her will.

A granddaughter of the Marquess of Queensberry, Emma was said to have had the naughtiest face in London, and enjoyed flirting outrageously, dancing on tables, and arm-wrestling husbands at hunt balls.

The socialite, who died in January aged 70, left most of her estate to her three children: screenwriter Amber Trentham, Atalanta de Bendern, and artist Dmitri Galitzine.

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