Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Brown-Forman has officially announced the appointment of Rachel Barrie as Whisky Maker for its BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh Scotch whisky brands.

Effective from the 1st of March, Rachel will succeed Billy Walker who helped grow The BenRiach Distillery Company, and energize its three distilleries over the last 13 years.

The BenRiach Distillery Company's New Whisky Maker: Rachel Barrie

For the last five years, Rachel has held the position of Master Blender at Morrison Bowmore Distillers, where she led whisky creation for Bowmore, Auchentoshan, Glen Garioch, Laphroaig and Ardmore.

Prior to joining Morrison Bowmore Distillers, Rachel worked with the Glenmorangie Company for 16 years, eight of which were spent as whisky creator and Master Blender for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg.

Commenting on the news, Alex Alvarez, Chief Production Officer for Brown-Forman, said: "We are very pleased that Rachel Barrie is joining our team and will continue the excellent Scotch whisky-making tradition fostered by the venerable Billy Walker. We take great comfort in knowing that Billy will continue with our team over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition for Rachel."

Billy Walker will continue to support the distilleries and share his whisky expertise throughout the transition.

Posted by Steve Rush