Top 10 women in the spirits industry

16th September, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Margie Samuels

Margie-SamuelsMargie Samuels may not be the most well-known name on this list, but her legacy is one of the most enduring in the spirits world. In 1958, she helped her husband Bill Samuel’s Sr. launch Maker’s Mark Bourbon, suggesting the name, bottle design and red wax label for the iconic brand which have helped it become one of the world’s best-selling Bourbon’s to-date.

Margie, who died in 1985, was awarded posthumous acceptance into the Bourbon Hall of Fame earlier this month for her enduring contribution to the world of Bourbon. She was the first woman directly connected to a distillery to receive the honour.

Fred Minnick, author of Whiskey Women: The Untold Truth About How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey, said Margie Samuels is “arguably the most underrated Bourbon figure of all-time”.

“She absolutely changed the spirits industry,” he said. “Her feminine bottle design and dripping wax was the beautiful red dress in a sea of boring gray dresses.”

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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