Wednesday, March 09, 2016


Edrington has announced that Kirsteen Campbell has been appointed to the role of Master Blender for The Famous Grouse, taking over Gordon Motion, who will be stepping down from the role later this month.

Kirsteen has worked alongside Gordon for over eight years and became Master Blender for Cutty Sark at the age of just 33. Gordon Motion will remain at Edrington in his new role as Master Whisky Maker, and will focus on the company’s single malt portfolio; Highland Park, The Glenturret and The Macallan.

Gordon Motion and Kirsteen Campbell

Kirsteen will now become one of the few people allowed to share the secret of the unique blend of whiskies that combine to make The Famous Grouse. 43 million bottles of The Famous Grouse are produced each year, and it is exported to over 100 countries. It also holds the prestigious title of being the best-selling Blended Scotch in Scotland and the UK.

The role will involve managing the legendary ‘106 Sample Room’ at Edrington’s Blending Headquarters on Great Western Road, where an estimated 11,000 samples of single malts, grains and blends are stored.

Commenting on the news, Kirsteen Campbell said: “I feel very privileged to be taking on the role of Master Blender for The Famous Grouse. It is an exceptional blend and I’m looking forward to working with the team here to ensure we that we continue to deliver the quality and character expected of the UK’s number one selling blend.”

Kirsteen will also continue in her role as Master Blender for Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky.

Posted by Steve Rush