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Matriarchs of Whisky: Stephanie MacLeod of Dewar’s

BY: SUFFIAN HAKIM

Matriarchs of Whisky: Stephanie MacLeod of Dewar’s

BY: SUFFIAN HAKIM

Published 03-14-24

Submitted by Bacardi Limited

Stephanie MacLeod seated on a barrel, many barrels behind her.
“We don’t just look at creating new whiskies, we look at how we can improve our existing whiskies too.” – Stephanie MacLeod. Image courtesy of Augustman

Originally published by Augustman

In 2023, Dewar’s swept the blended scotch categories in the International Whisky Competition, along with McLeod’s triumph as Master Blender of the Year. It is testament to her mastery in her role. When we asked her what her secret was, she replied with that trademark humility. “A spirit of experimentation has always been core to the brand since it was founded. It was our first Master Blender, A.J. Cameron, who pioneered double ageing in the 1890s, a process we still hold true to today..."

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Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, where Stephanie MacLeod does some of her greatest work. Image courtesy of Augustman.

 

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