New Glen Moray head of whisky creation announced

New Glen Moray head of whisky creation announced

Dr Kirstie McCallum steps in to new role looking after the Speyside distillery’s whisky creation and stocks

News | 30 Oct 2019

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Glen Moray has announced that Kirstie McCallum has taken the helm at the Speyside distillery as its new head of whisky creation.

Kirstie will be responsible for continuing and developing the legacy of Glen Moray single malt, as well as other whiskies in the parent company La Martiniquaise-Bardinet’s portfolio, including world-famous Scotch whisky blends Cutty Sark, Label 5 and Sir Edward’s.

McCallum has joined from Distell International where she was senior blender for three years, having worked in the business for more than 12 years and was responsible for single malts Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Tobermory as well as the company's blended whiskies. She has a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Glasgow Caledonian University.

There is a great opportunity to experiment with new cask types and to develop new expressions

Glen Turner general manager, Ian McLaren, says, “We are very much looking forward to this next chapter in the long history of Glen Moray and look forward to learning from Kirstie’s extensive knowledge and experience across a wide spectrum of the industry.”

McCallum has taken over from Graham Coull who was master distiller at Glen Moray for 14 years. Coull oversaw the expansion of the Glen Moray Distillery and developed several award-winning cask expressions which have become part of Glen Moray’s range of signature malts.

McCallum adds, “I am really excited about the opportunities this role will offer, working with world renowned brands such as Glen Moray, Label 5 and Cutty Sark and Sir Edward’s. There is a great opportunity to experiment with new cask types and to develop new expressions, using the expansive knowledge of other wine and spirit experts within the La Martiniquaise-Bardinet group.”

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