Benriach proprietor Brown-Forman has appointed Kirsten Ainslie as assistant blender to Rachel Barrie.
Ainslie will work carefully with Barrie, who’s grasp blender for single malts together with The GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh.
Earlier than becoming a member of Brown-Forman, Ainslie labored as a distiller at John Crabbie & Co in Edinburgh for 3 years.
Ainslie mentioned: “I really feel very privileged to be taking up the function of assistant blender and dealing alongside Rachel Barrie, who’s famend within the whisky trade.
“Working carefully with Rachel, I hope to construct on the legacy of maturing and marrying totally different casks, and crafting whiskies to be loved by newcomers and connoisseurs alike.”
Collectively, Ainslie and Barrie will oversee spirit high quality, product improvement and innovation, cask choice, and whisky and wooden administration.
Barrie commented: “It’s a extremely thrilling time for Benriach, The GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh and welcoming Kirsten to the workforce indicators our long-term dedication to investing into and rising our fantastic single malts.
“Kirsten shall be an awesome addition to the workforce. Nurturing younger expertise is a crucial a part of what we do at Brown-Forman and Kirsten has definitely confirmed she has one of the best nostril for the job.”
Earlier this month, Benriach revealed a whisky made fully from barley malted at its ground maltings – the primary bottling of the type from the distillery in a century.
In the meantime, in June this yr, Highland distillery Glenglassaugh released a 50-year-old single malt, priced at £5,500 (US$7,652) per bottle.