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Patsie Christie: The Macallan Brand Ambassador

How did you come to work for The Macallan?

There is a wide misconception that single malts shouldn’t be mixed in cocktails; nothing could be further from the truth. Most Mixologists adhere to the principal that a cocktail can only be as good as its worst ingredient. As such, they are always eager to incorporate premium spirits, particularly single malts. My background of mixing drinks, lead me to create The Macallan libations at the distillery for special events and guests. I’m pretty sure that constant pestering, volunteering and uncontained enthusiasm for the brand got me the job as The Macallan Brand Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa (and Turkey this year).

Your role at The Macallan

It really is a dream job. I travel to all the markets in my territory to entertain and educate consumers, trade professionals and the media on the heritage, production and sometimes mixology of/with The Macallan. I also support each market’s brand team in developing a strategic brand plan for the upcoming year, such as customer appreciation events.

The Macallan in The Middle East

This is an exciting time for The Macallan in the Middle East. We have set ourselves ambitious goals, to which I’m confident we’ll succeed. The Macallan has a strong, credible reputation throughout the region with both Scotch consumers and the trade. I’m very proud to boast of co-hosting the world’s largest The Macallan collection for retail in one venue at Le Clos Finest Wines and Luxury Spirits, Dubai which includes the complete ranges of Fine Oak and Sherry Oak, Masters of Photography: Annie Leibovitz Edition, near complete Fine & Rare, two Lalique variants and numerous limited editions and collectable old bottlings. This sums up the vibe in the Middle East, where nothing seems unattainable.

Popular serves and drams

I spent almost four years based in Edinburgh, Scotland soaking up what could be considered the traditional methods of enjoying single malt scotch. Neat, stemmed tasting glass, drop by drop of water. In many of my favourite Edinburgh watering holes you risk being ostracised for adding ice, let alone a mixer to your whisky. But there’s one major difference in enjoying a dram in Scotland compared to the Middle East; the weather! Last summer I experienced 54˚C and all of a sudden enjoying The Macallan on the rocks or with soda made perfect sense. It’s exciting to see a handful of bars in Dubai with single malt classically styled cocktails on their drinks menus. There’s a clear European and American Mixology influence here and I predict this creative endeavour will continue to gain momentum. My personal favourite The Macallan cocktail is The Macallan Maple Old Fashion with The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Year Old (I think it has something to do with my Canadian heritage).

Recommended bars

- The Skyview Bar in the 7-star Burj Al Arab, Dubai has a great range of both The Macallan Fine Oak and Sherry Oak, and a spectacular view of the city and gulf. This bar once held the Guinness World Record for the most expensive cocktail using The Macallan in Lalique 55 Year Old.

- The Macallan 1824 Lounge in Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi is a chic The Macallan haven for any whisky enthusiast. The lounge offers both the Fine and Sherry Oak ranges, several variants from the Fine & Rare range, as well as a Lalique by the dram.

- Bar ThreeSixty in Le Grey Hotel, Beirut caught my attention with a cocktail menu featuring single malts, a massive rarity for the city. The talented Bar Manager was able to fix me up delicious bespoke The Macallan cocktails that won me over. Not a vast range of The Macallan, but what’s missing in quantity is definitely made up for in quality.

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

I couldn’t possibly pick just one favourite thing; I’ve fallen in love with my friends at the distillery, my local team, and everyone who promotes the brand in my markets; meeting new people from different walks of life, spirit novices to whisky connoisseurs; access to the world’s most precious whisky; sharing my passion for a brand I truly believe is peerless in production and accolades; helping a whisky rookie take their first steps.

What’s your signature dram?

How can I pick just one?! This is like asking a parent to pick their favourite child. I think The Macallan Sherry Oak 18 Year Old is classically perfect, Fine Oak 15 Year Old is the best bang for your buck, the Laliques are just simply sublime, and Fine & Rare offers us the ability to time travel throughout The Macallan’s glorified history.

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#CrowdSourcedCocktail - Final round, this serve is looking good - what should top it off?

25 Jul 16
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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

20 Jul 16
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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

19 Jul 16
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#CrowdSourcedCocktail - Round three, let's add a little twist to this serve

18 Jul 16
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The choice is made! It is the 15mls of olorosso sherry that goes into our #CrowdSourcedCocktail https://t.co/6huwQ8zq4M

15 Jul 16
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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

12 Jul 16
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#CrowdSourcedCocktail - Round two, time to choose what joins Fine Oak 12 Year Old in the glass

11 Jul 16
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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

07 Jul 16
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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

06 Jul 16
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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?

29 Jun 16
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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

27 Jun 16
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Calling all #Leica fans: Visit our Instagram to see the latest in our series on #Obsessions https://t.co/jGp1wverbZ https://t.co/4Jxm3bTbWB

22 Jun 16
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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

22 Jun 16

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