The Macallan restructures whisky production team

Whisky label The Macallan has strengthened its production team, and named Kirsteen Campbell as its first master whisky maker.

The Edrington-owned Scotch brand is investing in its “Whisky Mastery” team by creating a string of new job roles to “continue delivering the outstanding quality, natural colour and distinctive aromas and flavours of The Macallan,” according to a statement from Edrington.

The six-strong team includes: Kirsteen Campbell, master whisky maker; Stuart MacPherson, Master of Wood; Sarah Burgess, Lead Whisky Maker; Polly Logan, Whisky Maker; Steven Bremner, Whisky Maker; and Russell Greig, Sample Room Assistant.

The Macallan said it has created a new Master of Wood role to “reflect the complete whisky making process and the vital influence of wood on the character of The Macallan whisky.”

Campbell joined Edrington in 2007 as a Whisky Quality Technologist, and has worked for a number of the spirits group’s brands including Cutty Sark, Naked Grouse, The Famous Grouse and The Glenrothes.

She holds a Diploma in Distilling and has also worked at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute. Campell will transition to the position from her current role within the parent company.

Campbell said: “Having been a part of the wider Edrington whisky making team for over a decade, I’m really looking forward to working more closely with the team at The Macallan.”

Igor Boyadjian, managing director of The Macallan, said the new team “will use their skills and craft to continue to create and enhance our exceptional portfolio of whiskies.”

“In the wake of the first anniversary of the new distillery, The Macallan is experiencing continued global growth and success, enjoying growing demand in new markets.”

Boyadijan took over from former MD Scott McCroskie, now the CEO of Edrington, in March this year.

Edrington revealed its new distillery and visitor experience for The Macallan in 2018. Located on the Easter Elchies estate, the new site cost £140 million to build, forming part of Edrington’s much larger £500m investment in the brand.

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