Whisky Focus - Glen Moray Appoints Stephen Woodcock As Head of Whisky Creation

Glen Moray Appoints New Head of Whisky Creation


31st March 2021
Glen Moray appoints Stephen Woodcock as their new Head of Whisky Creation.

Stephen Woodcock Glen Moray Head of Whisky Creation & Stocks

Following the departure of Glen Moray/La Martiniquaise-Bardinetís Master Blender Dr Kirstie McCallum at the beginning of this year after what was quite a short stay the company announced today that they have appointed Stephen Woodcock as Glen Moray Head of Whisky Creation & Stocks.

Stephen, who brings a wealth of experience to his new role will be responsible for developing Glen Morayís wide range of whiskies and championing its long-held expertise in maturing and marrying casks.

Joining from The Distell Group, Stephen will also oversee the other global whisky brands owned by Glen Morayís parent company La Martiniquaise-Bardinet. These include the Millionaire (selling more than 1m 9 litre cases a year) blended Scotch whisky brands Cutty Sark, Label 5 and Sir Edwardís.

Stephen, who succeeds Dr Kirstie McCallum, is highly regarded in the industry, previously holding the position of Master Distiller at Distell. There, he was responsible for the premium single malts crafted at Deanston in the Highlands, Bunnahabhain on Islay and Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, as well as maturing stocks and blending. Stephen is well-versed in the world of Speyside, too. After beginning his career in the industry with Diageo, he spent a number of years honing his skills in the renowned whisky region.

"We are thrilled to bring Stephenís talent and experience into the LM-B family. We have ambitious plans for Glen Moray and all our whisky brands, and we look forward to working with Stephen to share more exceptional whiskies with our fans across the world."

Stephen, a passionate rugby fan, is married with two grown-up children. He said: "Iím so excited to be joining Glen Moray as the Distillery goes from strength to strength. Together with its expert team, I hope to build on the legacy of maturing and marrying different casks, to craft great-tasting whiskies, which will be enjoyed by newcomers and connoisseurs alike."

Time will tell what Stephen will create for us but meanwhile you will find the current Glen Moray whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers  such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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