Scotland, UK ref: 1568

Based in Scotland, our client has been creating extraordinary whisky since 1824 and has an award-winning portfolio of home-grown and imported single malts and blends.

They are now looking to recruit a Lead Whisky Maker who will lead a team of Whisky Makers to deliver the entire product range for our client’s brand. The role will require ensuring that the whisky character and colour (natural) meet the tight specifications for each variant within the portfolio. The Lead Whisky Maker role is part of our client’s mastery team, who ultimately sign off the product quality and stock usage.

As well as delivering on the annual bottling plan, the role will also involve developing new products for the range. A key focus will be to develop sustainable whiskies and associated whisky stories to support innovation.

The role also requires decisions on current stock usage and reservations for future years, with a forward- looking mindset. The Lead Whisky Maker role is responsible for working with the stock planning team and whisky makers to select stock, assess each cask sample under strict sensory criteria, and make decisions about usage versus reservations.

This role is responsible for developing a team of Whisky Makers through all levels from trainee/apprenticeships through to experienced Whisky Makers, to ensure good diversity of skills within the team and succession planning for the future.


Knowledge & Experience


  • Degree level Education and experience in the spirits industry, in a liquid quality/ blending capacity commensurate to this level of role
  • Highly developed and demonstrable nosing and tasting skills, including descriptive capability (i.e. tasting notes), for both mature and new make spirits
  • Fundamental understanding of the entire whisky process, from new make spirit quality, through to cask quality and maturation environment, to final preparation for bottling
  • Competent in presenting and reporting against team KPIs, including trending of whisky make-up profiles, age etc
  • Experienced in C&E compliance
  • Media Trained/ experience in media events, and excellent communicator
  • Working under pressure with determination, resilience, and persistence
  • Ability to work with data and associated ability to present/ communicate effectively to an audience
  • Ability to lead and continuously develop a team



For more information, please contact Julie Carling at The Carling Partnership  Ltd

julie.carling@carlingpartnership.com tel +44 (0)1483 893100.


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