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Rachel Barrie

Speciality Spirits

Rachel Barrie is one of the only female master blenders in the world, creating some of the world’s finest single malt Scotch whiskies. Her first experience of malt whisky began in the Garioch district in Aberdeenshire, where she was born and brought up to appreciate the nuances of the locally distilled malt whisky. Her career in whisky began immediately after graduating with a first class honours in chemistry from Edinburgh University, and to the good fortune of many whisky aficionados the world over, her passion for creating liquid gems has only grown over the years.

Barrie’s career began in 1991 as a research scientist at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute. Already a pioneer, she was the only female scientist in the maturation and blending department, where she worked on developing the ideal bourbon cask for maturation, as well as researching and optimising fruitiness in single malt Scotch whisky. In 1995, Barrie moved to the Glenmorangie Company where she managed all aspects of quality from barley to bottle. She was appointed product development manager in 1998, focusing on malt whisky innovation for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. In 2000, Barrie made her debut at global launch events, and has since travelled extensively throughout Europe, the US and Asia to spread the word about malt whisky. In 2003, she was promoted to master blender at the Glenmorangie Company, the first female to receive this accolade. Over her 23 year career in Scotch whisky, she has sampled in excess of 130,000 casks from more than 80 malt distilleries. This intimate knowledge of malt whiskies led to her managing the whisky stocks, cask selections and tasting panel for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society between 2008 and 2011.

In 2011, Barrie began a new adventure as master blender for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, working with their three sister distilleries: Auchentoshan in the Lowlands, Bowmore on Islay and Glen Garioch in the Highlands. In addition, she is an active member of the Scientific Committee of The Scotch Whisky Association and Research Management Committee of The Scotch Whisky Research Institute.

Barrie passionately believes that malt whisky is for everyone, and continues to inspire, engage and encourage more people (especially women) into the wonderful world of malt whisky.

Rachel Barrie

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13 November
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