Bored at work? Pondering your motivation for heading into the office every morning? Probably best not to compare yourself with Kirsteen Campbell, who has already had the kind of career that most of us would envy. Holding a diploma in distilling, she has worked in labs to create entirely new spirits, spent time at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute, and has helped craft whiskies including Cutty Sark, The Famous Grouse and The Glenrothes.
But this nearly 20-year career has been just a light warm-up for Kirsteen in comparison to her newest role - as Master Whisky Maker for The Macallan, one of the most highly awarded and well-loved single malts in the world. She heads a six-strong Whisky Mastery team including a Master of Wood who is responsible for the vital influence of wood on the character of The Macallan whisky. With over 100 years in the industry between them, they’re entrusted with creating the magic Macallan liquid.
It marks a new era for this historic malt as Kirsteen writes the next chapter, building on the legacy of what The Macallan has created so far. “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.” says Kirsteen. “Having been a part of the wider Edrington whisky making team [The Macallan’s parent company] for over a decade, I’m really looking forward to working more closely with the team at The Macallan. It 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.”
With International Women’s Day round the corner, it’s also worth noting that Kirsteen is the first ever female Master Whisky Maker at Macallan in its 200 year history. The key team is also now evenly split between men and women - and better gender diversity in distilling is definitely something we can drink to.
While we can’t all be in charge of a Whisky Mastery team as part of our 9-to-5, everyone can enjoy the results of Kirsteen’s expertise, craftsmanship and dedication in the stunning taste of The Macallan - order a bottle of the Trilogy Series (Double Cask 12 Year, Triple Cask 12 Year, and Sherry Cask 12 Year) today and maybe you’ll find your own inspiration.