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Campbell named new Grouse master blender


Kirsteen Campbell is to take over as master blender for The Famous Grouse, replacing Gordon Motion in the role later this month.

Gordon Motion and Kirsteen Campbell
Old and new: Gordon Motion and new Famous Grouse master blender Kirsteen Campbell

Motion will remain with the company in a new role as Edrington’s master whisky maker, focusing on the single malt portfolio, including Highland Park, Glenturret and Macallan.

Meanwhile, Campbell, who has worked alongside Motion for eight years and became master blender of Cutty Sark at the age of 33, will continue in that role alongside her new responsibility for The Famous Grouse.

Exported to more than 100 countries, Grouse is the UK’s and Scotland’s best-selling Scotch whisky, with 43m bottles produced every year.

Campbell’s new role includes managing Edrington’s ‘106 Sample Room’ at the company’s blending HQ in Great Western Road, 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. ‘It is an exceptional blend and I’m looking forward to working with the team here to ensure that we continue to deliver the quality and character expected of the UK’s number one-selling brand.’

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

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