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Joy Elliott: The Macallan Brand Ambassador

My first job in whisky was almost ten years ago when I was a seasonal tour guide at Glenturret distillery (part of The Edrington Group, The Macallan’s parent company).  I worked during my university holidays while studying for my degree in Psychology. I soon developed a passion for whisky and knew I wanted to pursue a career in the industry. After graduating I became Training and Activation Manager for Global Travel Retail for Edrington – duty free to you and me.

How did you come to work for The Macallan?

As I outlined above, The Macallan and I go way back!  After two years working in Global Travel Retail I was so excited to secure my current role of Macallan Brand Ambassador, back in July last year.  My focus is our exciting new range The 1824 Series.

What’s your signature dram?

It has to be The Macallan Sienna, from our new range The 1824 Series which includes Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby. The 1824 Series showcases the signature style of The Macallan, taking Macallan back to its roots and celebrating two of its greatest strengths; oak sherry casks and natural colour.  Our Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno has created the four whiskies in The 1824 Series by identifying the natural colour formed during maturation in different casks.  This innovative approach is the first to derive the final character from the natural colours created from the interaction of the oak sherry casks and the spirit over the period of maturation.  Bob has been able to work creatively with the full range of matured stock available, rather than working to a pre-determined character based on age. A dram of Sienna has beautiful depth of character and I love the orange, chocolate and dried fruit flavours it delivers.

What does your job with The Macallan entail?

My main remit is training which includes hosting tutored nosings and tastings.  Brand education is a big part of my job and helping in the development of brand training tools. I really support the brand in any way I can.   I’m based in the UK but am lucky enough to work across a number of regions which is great as I really love to travel.

What are the most popular serves / drams in your region?

The Macallan 18 year old sherry oak is a firm favourite; a classic dram.  In terms of serves, The Macallan Ice Ball is very popular and always creates great visual impact. Watch it in action here:

The Macallan Ice Ball

 

Can you recommend bars in your region that are well stocked with The Macallan?

There are some great bars in Scotland which really deliver on both atmosphere and service, and of course are always well stocked with The Macallan.  In Glasgow, The Bon Accord and Oran Mor are great spots to enjoy a dram and I also love The Bon Vivant in Edinburgh.

As I do travel a lot, I’m also enjoying discovering bars slightly further afield.  The Caledonian in Toronto feels like a home from home and I’d recommend a visit to the increasingly infamous Ten Pound Bar in Montage, Beverly Hills.  Slainte!

What’s your favourite thing about working for The Macallan?

I love the fact I have so much variety.  People enjoy The Macallan all around the world which means I’ve been able to travel to some fantastic places.  But if I had to say just one thing then it would simply be the sheer thrill of sharing my passion for The Macallan with whisky enthusiasts and introducing it to new drinkers – that part of my job really is such a rewarding experience

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With hints of oranges and apples, our Sienna pairs perfectly with lobster tropical salad this #FineFoodFriday... http://t.co/GKiwue0tqk

27 Feb 15
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Join @AmericanPhoto for a behind the scenes look at our specially created #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino Edition... http://t.co/wCF3fqRcYk

26 Feb 15
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Today we dedicate #WhiskyWednesday to @GWR 'most expensive whisky ever sold at auction', The Macallan M 6-litre... http://t.co/nn9weuLvQ6

25 Feb 15
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This #FineFoodFriday we've paired our rich Ruby with pork loin, Angolian vegetables and old mustard sauce... http://t.co/aKRlf9T89X

20 Feb 15
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Happy #ChineseNewYear! @MaryinVancity has all the inspiration you need to celebrate with The Macallan http://t.co/x0rh8JjmS8

19 Feb 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today we focus on our sophisticated Fine Oak collection. Which expression is your favourite? http://t.co/bUFCMX8qFe

18 Feb 15
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#HappyValentinesDay Macallan fans! Now this is our idea of the perfect pair...Photo via @_Bjornus http://t.co/qIVT8bLcLC

14 Feb 15
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.@Spirit_Speyside tickets are selling in record breaking time, find out more about our coveted tours here: http://t.co/mGj5JWzywW

13 Feb 15
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Looking for Valentine's Day inspiration? Our aroma candles, created with @RojaDove, are perfect for your loved one... http://t.co/RAUMWA1Mhu

12 Feb 15
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Our 12 Years Old was included in @drinkmemag's top 10 whiskies of 2014. Which Macallan dram was your favourite? http://t.co/tOBBJOfbKp

06 Feb 15
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Journey through our dark & complex whiskies within our 1824 Masters Series with @RobbReport http://t.co/vUbjWUVLir http://t.co/JrpGBlM6Vm

05 Feb 15
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This #WhiskyWednesday we're toasting our perfectly crafted M, created from the rarest whiskies at our distillery... http://t.co/RqirLtqqVH

04 Feb 15
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This #FilmFriday, join us as we look back at the glamourous #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino launch in NYC http://t.co/d04gyaOPUd

30 Jan 15
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'Catch it while you can'. Discover our #MacallanMasters of Photography:@MarioTestino edition via @Forbes http://t.co/1Fnv7wMcbT

29 Jan 15
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With a rush of ginger and nutmeg, we’re serving up the rich Macallan Ruby this #WhiskyWednesday... http://t.co/bBY0iClLfw

28 Jan 15
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Happy #BurnsNight! What better way to celebrate than with a dram of Scotland’s very own #TheMacallan... http://t.co/IdpW9oo9d6

25 Jan 15
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Join @GiveTruly as they sit down with Ken Grier to find out more about the upcoming Ultimate Dinner @CanRocaCeller: http://t.co/eTHkQaPSrF

22 Jan 15
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We’re appreciating our deliciously smooth 12 Years Old this #WhiskyWednesday. Which Macallan dram are you savouring? http://t.co/deNBMrWXc3

21 Jan 15
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Congratulations @derekmcnulty & @chrisweston, you have both won a pair of VIP tickets to @LondonArtFair. Please DM us your email address

20 Jan 15
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We'll be @LondonArtFair, to celebrate we’re offering 2 followers the chance to win 2 VIP tickets. RT to win [UK ONLY] http://t.co/xTdBm3lkkx

19 Jan 15
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Join @TimeforWhisky for an inside look at the Hong Kong launch of our Masters of Photography @MarioTestino edition http://t.co/YjjsZcmLQH

16 Jan 15
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Today, we invite you to ‘Meet the Master’ behind the lens of #MacallanMasters of Photography 5, @MarioTestino: http://t.co/5A1s5Lff4r

15 Jan 15
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Why not savour The Macallan with friends this #WhiskyWednesday? @Photoadams24 enjoyed our Select Oak... http://t.co/CZeIkDCkKk

14 Jan 15

Dram Fine Food

The Macallan glass by Lalique

The Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edition

Introducing The 1824 Masters Series

EXPANSION AT THE HOME OF THE MACALLAN

The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge Launches in Harrods

Jordi Roca

Josep Roca

Joan Roca

Behind the scenes at El Celler De Can Roca

The Winners

El Celler de Can Roca

The Shortlist

The Macallan Attends SXSWi

Masters of Photography: Master Class

The Macallan’s characters captured continued...

The Macallan’s characters captured

The Straits Adventure

Meeting Elliott Erwitt by Leica’s Robin Sinha

Elliott Erwitt brings his Great Scottish Adventure to Mexico

Sean Lee-Davies captures the character of Hong Kong

Vladimir Vyatkin captures the character of Russia

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition UK launch

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Elliott Erwitt Edition LA launch

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