Bacardi has promoted Stephanie Macleod, formerly Master Blender for its portfolio of Scotch whiskies, to the newly created position of Director of Blending, Scotch Whisky.
Macleod will spearhead the continued premiumisation and innovation of the company’s portfolio of Scotch whiskies, and help drive its ambition to be an industry leader in innovation and quality.
She will build on the renowned blending legacy of Dewar’s blended Scotch whisky, William Lawson’s Scotch whisky, and the five single malts – Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Brackla – as Malt Master.
“It’s an exciting time for Scotch whisky right now as demand grows around the world for top quality, beautifully crafted blends and malts,” noted Macleod.
“In my new role, I’ll be ensuring we are able to meet this increasing demand – both now and for many decades to come – while continuing to deliver new, exciting and curated Scotch whiskies, spanning our blended and single malt portfolios.”
Bacardi targets ‘bold growth’ for Scotch
Macleod became the first female Master Blender for Dewar’s in 2006 – and is only the seventh Master Blender in the brand’s 176-year history. She joined Bacardi in 1998, beginning her career in whisky as a Sensory Analyst at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
At the 2022 International Whisky Competition, Macleod was crowned ‘Master Blender of the Year’ for an unprecedented fourth year in a row, an accolade that recognises her talent and world-leading expertise in the art of crafting Scotch whisky.
“The consistent quality and flavour of every drop of our Scotch whiskies is thanks to Stephanie and her team,” commented Bacardi Chief Supply Chain Officer Dave Ingram.
“As Director of Blending, she will bring her mastery of the entire whisky-making process – from barley to bottle – to play a pivotal role in delivering our bold growth ambitions for Scotch whisky.”