Late last year I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Dr Kirstie McCallum. We drank whisky and talked whisky. Good times! Read about it here.
Kirstie has moved from her role as Global Ambassador and is now the lead blender for Scottish Leader.
With World Whisky Day tomorrow, have a look at the press release below and try the cocktail recipe. I think it will be a pretty good way to start the day!
“CHEERS TO SCOTTISH LEADER’S NEW WOMAN LEAD BLENDER ON WORLD WHISKY DAY
Savour the seductively smooth, sweet, rich and smoky taste of the new Scottish Leader Signature this World Whisky Day, on May 21. And drink a toast to the new female lead blender for Scottish Leader: the accomplished Dr Kirstie McCallum, an analytical chemist by training and one of the first women in Scotland to become a whisky maker.
Her appointment marks a new, collaborative approach to blending of Scottish Leader, explains SA marketing manager, Lucindi Branfield: “Spearheaded by Kirstie as lead blender, the team comprises 15 people, who now all contribute their specialist skills to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s an exciting breakaway from the more traditional, hierarchical approach to blending, and it’s an expression of Scottish Leader’s innovative, forward-thinking and progressive attitude, exemplified by the brand promise to offer new perspectives and richer possibilities.
“Collectively, the new team brings the equivalent of nearly 400 years’ experience. Their focus is on ensuring quality and consistency in Scottish Leader’s batch blending process.”
Previously the roving global brand ambassador for several award-winning Scotch whiskies, from the very select single malts such as Bunnahabhain, Tobermory and Ledaig, to blended whisky brands, Scottish Leader and Black Bottle, Dr McCallum has been active in the Scotch whisky industry for nearly 20 years.*
The sophisticated Scottish Leader Signature features a pronounced Scottish island malt influence for those Scotch lovers who enjoy a distinctively rich, complex and layered blended whisky with a signature hint of Hebridean smokiness.
Enjoy it neat – with or without ice – with a mixer such as ginger ale, or as part of a refreshing cocktail such as the following, one of lead blender Dr McCallum’s favourites:
Scottish Leader Signature, honey, apple and mint cocktail
8 mint leaves
37.5ml Scottish Leader Signature whisky
50ml cloudy apple juice
12.5ml honey or honey syrup
Dash of fresh lemon juice
Place the mint leaves into a cocktail shaker. Pour the honey or honey syrup over the leaves. Using a muddle stick, stir to release the mint fragrances and flavours. Fill the shaker with cubed ice. Pour the Scottish Leader Signature whisky and apple juice over the mixture. Add a dash of fresh lemon juice. Close the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Fill a short glass with cubed ice and pour the mixture over the ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
To view Scottish Leader’s ‘new perspectives, richer possibilities’ global television commercial, click here: http://bit.ly/1QliVxZ.