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People of The Macallan: The Whisky Mastery Team

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Meet the Team

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 a team they work to create and maintain our exceptional portfolio of single malt whiskies.

The team oversees maturation and whisky making working hand in hand from the very beginning of the journey to bring out the best of spirit and wood. They also bring together the next generation of whisky makers with our most experienced and skilled craftspeople, securing the legacy of almost two centuries of whisky making heritage.

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Meet

Kirsteen Campbell, Master Whisky Maker

Originally from Thurso in the Highlands, in 2019 Kirsteen became the first woman to take on the position of The Macallan Master Whisky Maker in its long-standing history spanning almost 200 years. Starting her career in the industry in 2001, Kirsteen initially began working 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.

Kirsteen leads the Whisky Mastery Team, as well as working closely with a wide array of technical experts on whisky development, stock management and both brand and commercial development to drive the business forward.

This team oversees all aspects of the whisky making process to ensure the highest possible quality and consistency in the final product.

A Moment with Kirsteen

What is your favourite expression of The Macallan?

It is very difficult to choose my overall favourite, but I would say my favourite range is The Macallan Double Cask, which is created from the perfect balance of American and European sherry seasoned oak casks and imparts a combination of vanilla and subtle spice notes.

Meet

Euan Kennedy, Lead Whisky Maker

As Lead Whisky Maker at The Macallan, Euan plays a key role in guiding the Whisky Mastery Team, working to create and enhance The Macallan’s exceptional portfolio of single malt whiskies and drive forward the brand’s legacy for the future. 

Euan joined The Macallan in June 2022 and brings a wealth of experience to his current role, gained across multiple aspects of Scotch whisky production and spirits development more broadly. 

Originally from Dumfries & Galloway, Euan has lived and worked in Speyside for the past four and a half years. When choosing to pursue a career in the drinks sector, Euan was inspired by the history of single malt whisky and its association with culture, feeling a deep sense of pride that Scotland’s national drink is recognisable in almost every bar in the world. 

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Meet

Polly Logan, Whisky Maker

Polly is responsible for analysing younger stock to ensure that it is properly allocated for future products, while also evaluating whisky development in specific cask types. Polly worked as a site operations manager across multiple distilleries in Speyside prior to joining The Macallan as a Whisky Maker in 2018.

She works with an amazing array of whiskies every day. This includes The Macallan Classic Cut - 2019 Edition, where Polly chose an ideal ABV of 52.9% as the optimum strength to bring forth the full character of the single malt.  

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Meet

Steven Bremner, Whisky Maker

As part of the Whisky Mastery Team, Steven focuses on creating and sustaining our signature whiskies, developing new products and cask quality.

Joining The Macallan in 2016 as a sampling supervisor, Steven quickly progressed to Apprentice Whisky Maker within the Whisky Mastery Team in 2017, and played a key role in supporting The Macallan Whisky Makers in producing the highest quality single malts. Steven went on to take the role of Whisky Maker in 2018.

In his role, Steven - also an avid DJ- combined his two great passions in the creation of The Macallan Concept Number 2; an expression inspired by the similarities in the creative approaches of crafting whisky and creating music.

Meet

Diane Stuart, Whisky Maker

As a Whisky Maker at The Macallan, Diane plays a key role in the Whisky Mastery Team, creating and enhancing The Macallan’s exceptional portfolio of single malt whiskies and driving forward the brand’s legacy for the future, based on almost two centuries of whisky-making heritage.

Diane joined The Macallan in February 2022. Originally from Speyside, Diane’s first step into the whisky industry was with a summer job as a Distillery tour guide. Having studied for a degree in Forensic Science at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Diane brings a sound scientific background to her new role at The Macallan. 

Diane enjoys the variety that whisky making brings, producing vattings at the bench, stock assessment, working on new products, involvement in technical operations and brand education. She believes that whisky making is a skill built up over time and through experience, not something that can be taught in the space of a short course or by listening to methods and processes. 

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Meet

Russell Greig, Assistant Whisky Maker

Born in Speyside, Russell has always had a passion for whisky and a keen interest in working in the industry. His father enjoyed a successful 40-year career in the whisky business, and it was Russell’s dream to follow in his footsteps and become part of the spectacular craft on his doorstep.

Joining the Whisky Mastery Team in 2018 as a Sample Room Assistant, Russell was charged with controlling all of the samples coming in and out of the sample room at the Estate, while also managing sample stock and equipment. Russell was promoted to the role of Assistant Whisky Maker in 2022. He continues to see many variations of The Macallan whisky while learning from the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and experience of our team of Whisky Makers.

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