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The Journey to Mastery: The Macallan’s Strengthened Whisky Mastery Team

A new chapter in a rich tradition

The Macallan Whisky Mastery Team seamlessly combines innovation with craftsmanship and heritage, continuing the extraordinary commitment to exceptional quality for which The Macallan has been known since 1824. As custodians for The Macallan whisky, the team combines a depth and breadth of skills and experience to drive forward The Macallan legacy for the future. This includes the appointment of whisky expert Kirsteen Campbell as The Macallan’s new Master Whisky Maker, and the lead of our strengthened Whisky Mastery Team. 

Kirsteen will work with a newly strengthened Whisky Mastery Team, which has been expanded to deliver the outstanding quality, natural colours and distinctive aromas and flavours that define our whisky.  Our enhanced Whisky Mastery Team has integrated the role of Master of Wood to reflect the complete whisky making process and the vital influence of wood on the character of The Macallan.

The six-strong Team includes: 

  • Kirsteen Campbell, Master Whisky Maker; 

  • Stuart MacPherson, Master of Wood, who has 40 years’ experience working with The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks; 

  • Sarah Burgess, Lead Whisky Maker; 

  • Polly Logan, Whisky Maker; 

  • Steven Bremner, Whisky Maker;

  • Russell Greig, Sample Room Assistant.

Its formation will see maturation and whisky making working hand in hand from the very beginning of the journey to bring out the best of spirit and wood. It will additionally secure the legacy of almost two centuries of whisky making heritage, by bringing together the next generation of whisky makers with The Macallan’s most experienced and skilled craftsmen and women. As part of the new approach, apprentices with natural sensory talent will be recruited into the Whisky Mastery Team, where they will learn the art of whisky making from the breadth and depth of experience within the team.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Kirsteen Campbell to the position of Master Whisky Maker at The Macallan. Kirsteen will join the Whisky Mastery Team and together they will use their skills and craft to continue to create and enhance our exceptional portfolio of whiskies.

Igor Boyadjian, Managing Director, The Macallan

Background

Led by Passion

Originally from Thurso in the Highlands, Kirsteen is the first woman to become The Macallan Master Whisky Maker in its long-standing history spanning almost 200 years. Kirsteen has been working in the industry since 2001, where she initially started in a laboratory responsible for the quality of new make spirits. It was there that she discovered her passion for Scotch whisky and her extraordinary sense of smell, essential attributes for The Macallan Master Whisky Maker.

From there Kirsteen continued to develop and grow in her unique skill-set and fascination with the world of whisky. She joined Edrington in 2007 as a Whisky Quality Technologist and progressed her career over the years to become Master Blender for Naked Grouse and The Famous Grouse. She holds a Diploma in Distilling and has also previously worked at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute.

I feel a real sense of honour and pride to be entrusted as the custodian of The Macallan, charged with leading the Whisky Mastery Team in the creation of The Macallan’s remarkable single malt whiskies.

Kirsteen Campbell, Master Whisky Maker

The Macallan Master Whisky Maker works with The Macallan Whisky Mastery Team to create and elevate The Macallan’s exceptional portfolio of whiskies. The enhanced formation of the team will see maturation and whisky making working hand-in-hand from the very beginning of the journey to bring out the best of spirit and wood, as The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks are the single greatest contributor to its outstanding quality, natural colour and distinctive aromas and flavours.

Kirsteen’s appointment and The Macallan’s enhanced focus on the art of whisky making and mastery of the team, marks the next chapter in a momentous period in the history of this world-renowned single malt whisky.

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