Kirsteen Campbell: The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker

If there’s someone to inspire women in the world of whisky, it’s Kirsteen Campbell. She’s the first woman to hold the title of Master Whisky Maker for Scotch Single Malt giant The Macallan, a brand that was created back in 1824. With a background in food science, she didn’t realize a career could be made from a love of whisky until she was appointed as whisky quality technologist for Edrington (the parent company of The Macallan). She rose quickly through the ranks, becoming Master Blender for the brand Cutty Sark in 2010, and in 2019 achieved the role of Master Whisky Maker for The Macallan. The Macallan is an old and venerated brand, and it is her job to ensure the quality and status of the single malts while also blending creativity and science to keep up with the times. It’s a hefty task, but she’s up for the challenge. Campbell is absolutely in love with her job and is constantly excited about the opportunities for growth and learning. She also makes it clear that she would rather be known for her professional prowess as a whisky maker rather than as just a woman in the industry, but she is aware and hopeful that her position inspires other women to enter into the field.


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