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Dalwhinnie Lizzie's Dram Distillery Exclusive Limited Releasee

7th March 2018
Dalwhinnie mark Lizzie Stewart, Scotland’s first female operator in Malt Distilling, retirement with the launch of the Dalwhinnie Lizzie's Dram, distillery exclusive limited release.

Lizzie Stewart celebrates her retirement after 31 years' service at Dalwhinnie Distillery.

Lizzie Stewart, Scotland’s first female operator in Malt Distilling is due to celebrate her retirement this week (9 March), and Diageo is marking the occasion in a rather ‘neat’ way.

After 31 years’ service at Dalwhinnie Distillery, working in the warehouse, mash house and the still house Liz Stewart - or ‘Lizzie’ as she’s known - is hanging up her distillery operator’s overalls for retirement. In recognition of her dedicated service and iconic role as Scotland’s first female operator, Diageo is marking the occasion with the launch of a new exclusive distillery bottling aptly entitled ‘Lizzie’s Dram’.

Dalwhinnie Lizzie's DramLizzie (57) first made waves in the Scotch Whisky industry when she broke the mould to take on a role in a traditionally male-dominated field. She first started her career at Dalwhinnie Distillery in 1987, following in the footsteps of both her mother and brother, and throughout her service has worked in various capacities including in the warehouse filling casks, in the mash house overseeing mashing and fermentation and in the still house creating Dalwhinnie’s famous spirit. Lizzie also had a spell showing visitors round the distillery as a tour guide.

Commenting on her journey, Dalwhinnie local Lizzie said: "I have loved every moment of my time working in the Scotch Whisky industry, and can’t quite believe that it’s coming to an end.

"I’m extremely proud to have made history as the first female operator in Malt Distilling, and can quite honestly say that I’ve felt a part of the team since day one. It’s my hope that women continue to get involved and realise the career opportunities that the Scotch Whisky industry boasts. Hopefully my story might inspire more women to take up a career in Scotch Whisky too."

Lizzie is among Diageo’s vanguard of female distillers, engineers, blenders and brand ambassadors. At Diageo in Scotland, a quarter of all its apprentices are female; 17% of the malt distilling workforce is female and 40% are in management roles, reflecting the company’s focus on diversity in its workforce.

Dalwhinnie Lizzie's Dram was matured entirely in refill bourbon casks which were selected by the team at the distillery, it is bottled at 48% ABV and is a limited edition release of 7,500 bottles and will only be available exclusively to visitors to the Dalwhinnie distillery from mid-Spring 2018. If you have no plans to visit the distillery in the near future you will find the current Dalwhinnie whisky range available from specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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