Top 10 women in the spirits industry

16th September, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Elizabeth Cumming

Elizabeth-CummingsElizabeth Cumming owned the now Diageo-operated Cardhu distillery in Speyside in the late 19th century, tripling its capacity under her management. The distillery was first set up by in 1824 by whisky smuggler John Cumming, but its running was largely credited to his wife Helen Cumming, who used to sell bottles of whisky to passers-by through the window of their farmhouse.

In 1885 it was rebuilt under the management of Elizabeth Cumming, the daughter-in-law of Helen Cumming, who was able to triple the amount of whisky it had previously produced which led to Johnnie Walker and Sons buying much of Cardhu’s output to use in its own blends.

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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