The Macallan appoints a new master of wood

21st November, 2012 by Andy Young

The Macallan has unveiled a new Master of Wood, who will be the primary source of information on the Scotch whisky’s oak casks.

Stuart MacPherson The Macallan master of wood

Stuart MacPherson has been appointed as The Macallan’s master of wood

Stuart MacPherson will also be involved in The Macallan’s education programme around wood and its influence on the whiskies.

In speaking about his new role MacPherson said: “Taking on the role of Master of Wood for The Macallan feels like a natural progression for me. Having worked as a cooper since 1979, this feels like the ultimate job where I can bring together all my practical experience of wood and casks to assist in driving forward our rigorous wood policy for the coming years.”

MacPherson joined the Clyde Cooperage in Glasgow in 1979, beginning his four-year apprenticeship as a cooper, and he then rose through the ranks to become Cooperage manager in 2001. In this role MacPherson is responsible for the supply and repair of The Macallan’s casks and oversees 16 production coopers, three apprentices and seven service coopers.

In a statement The Macallan said that the role of master of wood is critical “as the influence of the oak maturation casks on the final character of The Macallan is critical.” The statement went on, “the huge investment in these casks pays a dividend in the distinctive character of the final whisky, reckoned to account for some 60% of the final aromas and flavours of The Macallan.”

Ken Grier, Director of Malts at Edrington, owners of The Macallan, said, “Stuart is a great addition to the Macallan team and his role as master of wood is vital to the sustaining the highest quality approach to wood which sits at the very heart of The Macallan.”

Stuart MacPherson takes up the role following the retirement of George Espie on 1st October 2012.

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