Top 10 women in the spirits industry

16th September, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Rachel Barrie

Rachel-BarrieAs master blender for Morrison Bowmore, Rachel Barrie is the nose, palate and hands behind popular Scotch whisky brands such as Bowmore, Glen Garioch and Auchentoshan.

Having got her first taste of whisky – a Glen Garioch in a Hot Toddy – at the age of seven and studied chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, Barrie won an internship as a research scientist at the Scotch whisky institute in 1991. She then went on to work for Glenmorganie for 13 years, becoming master blender in 2003.

After joining Morrison Bowmore in 2011, Barrie pioneered a new water programme to “ensure there are no tainted notes” by experimenting on the PH of mineral water.

Of her 23 years in the industry, she told The Spirits Business during an exclusive interview: “When I started in the industry I was the element of surprise at tastings – a young female conducting a tasting, how dare she? Whereas now there are 19-year-old female whisky drinkers really into it.

“As an industry we are making whisky accessible for more people and the demographic will continue to widen and get more women into it.”

2 Responses to “Top 10 women in the spirits industry”

  1. Abhinav meherish says:

    Why is abiti sankarnarayanan not featured in this article ?

  2. John Lamond says:

    What about Elizabeth Usher, the first Scotch Whisky blender?
    or Kirsteen Canpbell at Edrington?
    or Stephanie Macleod at Dewar’s?
    or Margaret Mary Clarke at Inver House?

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