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Charlie Whitfield

Meeting our new Brand Ambassador North East USA

Charlie Whitfield recently joined The Macallan family as the Brand Ambassador North East USA. We asked Charlie a few questions about himself and his new job.

How did you get to The Macallan?

Born in Edinburgh, I used to work in the Duty Free industry. Having moved to New York and recently married my American wife I've now landed my dream job. On reflection, one can argue it was destined to happen. When I was two years old, my grandmother entered me into a raffle, and I won first prize – two cases of The Macallan 10 Years Old! I didn't find this out until a few years later when my father handed me a case and told me the story. Unfortunately, one case had mysteriously disappeared! I still have one bottle, though, which I'm slowly nursing back at my apartment. The Macallan also played a part in my proposal to my wife in the snowy Scottish Highlands last year, but that is another story!

What is your role as Brand Ambassador for The Macallan?

I act as the face of the brand, representing its history, craftsmanship and unique quality. Whether it is introducing people to The Macallan for the first time or further enhancing people's understanding and appreciation of such a quality dram, I am here to educate and ensure everyone's enjoyment.

In your first few months what has been the best moment?

Visiting the distillery is an incredible experience, seeing the spiritual home of The Macallan, where and how the whisky is produced and matured and, most importantly, meeting the people who make it all happen.
Your favourite Macallan and why?

At the moment in the heat of summer here in New York it has to be The Macallan Fine Oak 15, a lighter style Macallan expression that takes well to a drop of water or ice, yet is still full of complex and delicious flavours of chocolate, orange and vanilla.

Three words to describe yourself:

Passionate, energetic, inquisitive

Three words to describe 'Passion for Whisky':

Patience, appreciation, knowledge

Three words to describe life in Speyside:

Whisky, Fishing, Golf

Your proudest moment as a part of The Macallan family?

Telling my wife, family and friends that I had become part of The Macallan family, and that indirectly they had too!

First thing that comes to mind when we say "Scottish culture"?

Pride

First thing that comes to mind when we say "The Macallan"?

Simply put, it brings a broad smile to my face.

Favourite holiday involving a dram?

Having a wee dram at the top of a mountain whilst ski-ing

Can't live without?

My wife, family and sharing a bottle of Macallan 18 with friends

Most likely to be seen where?

When not working or travelling, you might find me on the ski slopes, on a rugby field, reading in the park or finding new restaurants to try out with friends.

Most likely to say?

"Just one more minute"

Person in The Macallan history you'd most like to meet:

Alexander Reid, the person who first started distilling The Macallan

Your favourite fact about The Macallan:

That a picture of the Macallan spirit stills can be found on the back of a Bank of Scotland £10 bank note

Words to live by:

Carpe Diem

Why you love being a part of The Macallan family:

I get to meet and work with a wide range of people who all share one thing in common, a passion and love for the world's most precious whisky.

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Fresh mint is the clear favourite for our #CrowdSourcedCocktail. Next week...garnishes https://t.co/99yxrt4vyX

22 Jul 16
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Basil or mint? What will you add to our #CrowdSourcedCocktail? Vote in the pinned #twitterpoll on our profile https://t.co/RJYXREjYLd

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Need whisky inspiration? We're taking The Macallan to the next level over on Instagram https://t.co/BARVYcWKQj https://t.co/zLA5EjUcbU

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#CrowdSourcedCocktail - Round three, let's add a little twist to this serve

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The choice is made! It is the 15mls of olorosso sherry that goes into our #CrowdSourcedCocktail https://t.co/6huwQ8zq4M

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Sweet vermouth or olorosso sherry? Choose your favourite in our pinned #twitterpoll #CrowdSourcedCocktail https://t.co/loQfjeAHp7

14 Jul 16
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Over Silent Season distillery staff are given a break. Asked if this applies to social media team, no answer yet... https://t.co/2KR7lMluWJ

13 Jul 16
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Shhh...it's Silent Season at our distillery until July 26 to allow for maintenance and give our team a break https://t.co/y5gSN9SE4w

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#CrowdSourcedCocktail - Round two, time to choose what joins Fine Oak 12 Year Old in the glass

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#CrowdSourcedCocktail round one is over, Old Fashioned glass won. Check on Monday as we continue to build our serve https://t.co/bSATT16MHC

08 Jul 16
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Have you voted in our #CrowdSourcedCocktail poll yet? Head to the pinned tweet on our channel to choose glassware

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One to watch out for at the airport; The Macallan Classic Travel Range with photography from @xrayveasey https://t.co/v0uLqfYiv9

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#CrowdSourcedCocktail - Round one, time to choose your glassware

05 Jul 16
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The lighter style of The Macallan Fine Oak 12 y/o makes it a versatile whisky. Say hello to #CrowdSourcedCocktail https://t.co/Nis6LWGnE7

04 Jul 16
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Three culinary innovators, one extraordinary whisky. Take a look at our #IntoTheRare event hosted at @CanRocaCeller https://t.co/AVIeRDTjGO

04 Jul 16
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#Whisky lovers - we all like it neat but what's your classic #scotch cocktail of choice?

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#Sneaker fans; our final obsessive is one for you, head to our Instagram to learn more https://t.co/LOhjAEgLu8 https://t.co/u3jbL5ikUV

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Good news: Whisky emoji has launched Bad news: It's not on your phone yet Good news: Will have to stick with the real thing for now

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