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Mount Gay Rum appoints first female master blender

Barbados rum brand Mount Gay has appointed Trudiann Branker as its new master blender, the first woman in the company’s 300-year history to occupy the role.

Branker will take over from Allen Smith, who has been with the company for 25 years.

Branker is a graduate of The Siebel Institute and the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and has spent 11 years working in the spirits industry. She joined Mount Gay in 2014 as the quality assurance manager.

Commenting on her new role, she said: “It is an honour for me to follow in Allen’s footsteps. It is from him that I learnt the tremendous savoir-faire which allows us to create one of the best rums in the world every day. It is with great pride that I become Mount Gay’s master blender and I humbly join this prestigious line to keep Mount Gay going, to create new treasures, expand our rums and invent new blends.”

Former master blender, Allen Smith, added: “For 25 years I have always been dedicated to serving Mount Gay by ensuring the excellence of our rums to the highest standard. For a master blender, there is nothing more pleasing than to see your work perpetuated by somebody that you have trained and familiarised with the techniques and secrets which have shaped our success. I am thrilled for Trudiann to take over from me to ensure the future of our incomparable Mount Gay rum.”

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