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New master blender for The Famous Grouse

Edrington has appointed Kirsteen Campbell to the role of master blender for The Famous Grouse, as Gordon Motion moves position to concentrate on the company’s single malt portfolio.

Gordon Motion and Kirsteen Campbell have assumed new roles at Edrington

Campbell has worked alongside Motion for more than eight years and was previously master blender for Cutty Sark – a role she was appointed to at the age of 33.

She will manage the ‘106 Sample Room’ at Edrington’s blending headquarters in Glasgow, where an estimated 11,000 samples of single malts, grains and blends are stored.

“I feel very privileged to be taking on the role of master blender for The Famous Grouse,” said Campbell, who will also continue in her role as master blender for Cutty Sark.

“It is an exceptional blend and I’m looking forward to working with the team here to ensure we that we continue to deliver the quality and character expected of the UK’s number one selling blend.”

Gordon Motion will remain at Edrington in the new role of master whisky maker, focusing on the firm’s range of single malts including Highland Park, The Glenturret and The Macallan.

“Kirsteen is a very talented master blender and I’ve no doubt she will rise to this new challenge,” he said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last six years as master blender for The Famous Grouse.

“My highlight would have to be when The Famous Grouse 40 Year Old was awarded the Trophy Award at the International Spirits Challenge in 2013, it was a very proud moment for me and the team.”

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