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Glen Moray names new head of whisky

Speyside single malt brand Glen Moray has appointed Stephen Woodcock as head of whisky creation and stocks.

Stephen Woodcock Glen Moray
Stephen Woodcock has been named head of whisky at Glen Moray

Woodcock was formerly part of Distell Group, where he was responsible for single malts including Deanston, Bunnahabhain and Tobermory.

He succeeds Dr Kirstie McCallum, who joined Halewood Artisanal Spirits as master blender in January this year.

Effective from this month (March 2021), Woodcock will be responsible for developing Glen Moray’s whisky range and will also oversee brand owner La Martiniquaise-Bardinet’s other whisky brands, including Cutty Sark, Label 5 and Sir Edward’s.

Woodcock said: “I’m so excited to be joining Glen Moray as the distillery goes from strength to strength. Together with its expert team, I hope to build on the legacy of maturing and marrying different casks, to craft great-tasting whiskies, which will be enjoyed by newcomers and connoisseurs alike.”

In the last five years, Glen Moray has increased global sales by 50%, according to La Martiniquaise-Bardinet. It has grown to be the world’s eight biggest-selling Speyside whisky and the 15th best-selling single malt.

In November last year, Glen Moray released a Scotch whisky matured in Sauternes wine casks as the first expression in its new Warehouse 1 Collection.

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