Tuesday, October 01, 2019


The Macallan, has today announced the appointment of its new Master Whisky Maker, for its single malt Scotch whisky.

Kirsteen Campbell, who is the first woman to become The Macallan Master Whisky Maker, will now lead a newly strengthened and enhanced Whisky Mastery Team at the Speyside based distillery.

Macallan's new Master of Whisky: Kirsteen Campbell

The six-strong Whisky Mastery 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.

Kirsteen, joined Edrington in 2007 as a Whisky Quality Technologist and progressed her career to her most recent roles within for 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.

Commenting on the news, Kirsteen, said: “I feel a real sense of honour and pride to be entrusted as the custodian of The Macallan, charged with leading the Whisky Mastery Team in the creation of The Macallan’s remarkable single malt whiskies. 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. The Macallan is at the pinnacle of whisky making across the globe and the Whisky Mastery Team will combine the whisky makers’ depth and breadth of skills and experience to drive forward The Macallan legacy for the future.”

Kirsteen’s appointment and Macallan’s enhanced focus on the art and science of whisky making, marks the start of a new chapter in the history of the distillery. It follows a landmark year in 2018, which saw the opening of its new distillery and paves the way for the brand’s 200th anniversary in 2024.

Posted by Steve Rush