Sarah Burgess – Lead Whisky Maker for The Macallan

With over 20 years of experience, Sarah Burgess knows a thing or two about making quality single malt. Born and raised in Speyside, surrounded by distilleries, it wasn’t until she began traveling as an adult that she realized there weren’t distilleries around every corner! It was a natural progression of her whisky passion to beginContinue reading “Sarah Burgess – Lead Whisky Maker for The Macallan”

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A New Chapter for Laphroaig Veteran John Campbell

At the end of September it was announced that John Campbell was leaving Laphroaig after 27 years as their Distillery Manager. While he wanted to be closer to his family on the mainland, he hasn’t let the grass grow under his feet – family owned and independently operated Lochlea Distillery (located just below Glasgow) isContinue reading “A New Chapter for Laphroaig Veteran John Campbell”

The Lowlands

The Lowlands of Scotland may not see the prestige and powerhouse appeal like regions such as Speyside and Islay, but it’s an area that produces some quality spirit. Simply outlined, the Lowlands encompass everything south of Edinburgh (although you can look at the map for a more accurate idea). The diving line was originally decidedContinue reading “The Lowlands”

Glenfiddich Powers Lorries with Green Biogas

Ever at the forefront of sustainability practices, Glenfiddich is looking beyond just their distillery and is now outfitting their delivery fleet of lorries to run on green biogas – fuel created from distillery waste. This technology was created by parent company William Grant and Sons, and Glenfiddich is the first to use it for vehicularContinue reading “Glenfiddich Powers Lorries with Green Biogas”

Kelsey McKechnie – Apprentice Malt Master at Balvenie

In 2018, at the age of 26, Kelsey McKechnie became one of the youngest women to ever achieve the rank of Apprentice Malt Master, studying the craft under David Stewart (one of the longest serving Malt Masters in the industry). She’d only been working for William Grant & Sons (parent company of Balvenie) for aContinue reading “Kelsey McKechnie – Apprentice Malt Master at Balvenie”

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 madeContinue reading “Kirsteen Campbell: The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker”

Ardbeg Day

This Saturday, 5th June 2021 is Ardbeg Day. There is still time to join The Committee and take part in this annual celebration. For those who don’t know, Ardbeg Day is the last Saturday of Fèis Ìle – The Islay Festival of Malt and Music – and celebrates all things Ardbeg. While this year willContinue reading “Ardbeg Day”

Glenmorangie X

Glenmorangie has just released a new single malt specially crafted to be used for mixing! This newest whisky is a combination of malts aged in ex-bourbon and newly charred oak casks, which highlight the signature sweet and fruit forward style of the brand. Why make a single malt specifically for mixing? Dr. Bill Lumsden saidContinue reading “Glenmorangie X”

Julieann Fernandez – From Criminal Science to Whisky Blender

At just 29 years old, Julieann Fernandez is the Master Blender for the Distell Group, which includes Bunnahabhain, Deanston, and Tobermory distilleries. Always interested in science, she went to university with an eye towards becoming a forensic scientist, but when doing her placement between her 3rd and 4th year, she was drawn to a labContinue reading “Julieann Fernandez – From Criminal Science to Whisky Blender”

Fake Whisky

Did you hear the one about the man who paid over $10,000 for a single shot of an 1878 Macallan? This was reportedly the most money ever paid for a dram and turns out, the Scotch was a fake! The Chinese millionaire bought the drink from a Swiss luxury hotel, which has a place inContinue reading “Fake Whisky”