William Grant appoints UK whisky specialist

10th February, 2016 by Annie Hayes

Independent family distillers William Grant & Sons has appointed whisky expert Alwynne Gwilt as UK whisky specialist for its Ancient Reserves portfolio.

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Alwynne Gwilt has been appointed as UK whisky specialist for William Grant

In her new role, Gwilt will focus on William Grant & Sons Rare Cask Reserves, The Girvan Patent Still, Kininvie and Ailsa Bay, amongst other whisky brands.

Gwilt has five years of industry experience in consulting and training in the whisky sector, and is also founder and editor of whisky-focussed website, Miss Whisky.

Gwilt said: “I fell in love with whisky during a tasting at Milroy’s whisky shop in Soho back in 2008 and it has been my passion ever since.

“Fast forward eight years, and I am delighted to be taking on this role within a company that has such a strong portfolio of rare and unique whiskies.

“I am looking forward to working with like-minded people who share the same respect for whisky as I do and my ambition is to encourage more people to gain an appreciation for this fine spirit.”

In 2014 Gwilt earned a spot in the ‘Top 10 Women in Whisky’ as judged by The Drinks Business, and was named ‘International Whisky Ambassador of the Year’ at the Spirit of Speyside Festival in 2013.

Jonathan Cornthwaite, senior brand manager for the William Grant & Sons UK Esoteric Whisky portfolio, added: “At William Grant & Sons UK, whisky is in our DNA, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome Alwynne, with her wealth of unique experience.

“Alwynne is a great addition to the team and will help drive forward the William Grant & Sons UK Ancient Reserves portfolio.”

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