It is not easy to write this without tears wetting my eyes. There is nothing I hate more than not knowing I am talking to someone for the last time. I feel so bad, but this is why I am writing this article. I never met the guy, never set on the same table, never shared a dram in person. Unfortunately, the only dram I shared with him virtually turned out to be our parting dram. This article is devoted to Brett Ferencz or Scotch Tropper as hundreds of thousands of people know.
It looks like we had our first interaction over Instagram in 2016 when I was still living in Turkey. We had some conversations over the years after I moved to the US. I had the chance to follow his great creative work with Star Wars figures and whisky on his Scotch Trooper Instagram account. His work didn’t only create excitement but it also created disputes in 2018. He never gave up and worked towards his passion for whisky with his creative agency, Ferencz Creative. He collaborated in a delicious whisky with Virginia Distillery Co. and until 2020, he worked at ASW Distillery. He is also mentioned in Whisky Advocate! He created wonderful works for brands, became an idol for photographers, whisky enthusiasts, whisky nerds. He is such an important brick in our small #WhiskyFabric community.
2020 gave us a ton of bad news, but the ones that came from Brett were the most heartbreaking ones for me. At the age of 41, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As we expected, he stood up, took out his saber and started to fight it. The #whiskyfabric reacted fast and started a GoFundMe page to support him and his family during his treatment. We followed up on his situation from this page for months.
The last time I saw his face live was during an auction that we donated whiskies and whisky-related things and raised money for him. That night was so much love!
Unfortunately, today we received following news from Tiffany, Brett’s wife.
A million stones are hitting on my heart now. I really can’t imagine what he and his family are going through right now. I don’t know if I could keep this fight as long as him if I was in his place. All we can do is, support him and his family the best way we can, wish them the best and stay strong.
Letter To Brett
If you are reading this brother, it looks like we will have to postpone our gathering to another life. Well, that should actually give you a head time to mature some good whiskies for us to enjoy together when I join you out there. I always admired your work, your excitement and your enthusiasm for an industry which also became my life just like yours. However, I do admire you more now with your never-ending spirit over the tough time you have been experiencing, your love for your family and the love circle that is created around you!
Parting drams are always emotional, they bring good people together and create a warmer relationship all the time. Parting drams also signal the beginning of a new chapter.
This is just the beginning of a new chapter for us and to celebrate it, I will raise a dram for you every Tuesday that I can, which we will call #ScotchTrooperTuesday from now on until we meet again.
You can still support Brett and his family!
- His Go Fund Me page is still open for donations!
- You can buy a bottle of Alexander Murray Scotch Trooper Bruichladdich 1991 27 Year Old, with all benefits going to Brett’s family.
- You can boost their morale by communicating with them from this page