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Is the future female? - Women are increasingly taking up key roles in the whisky industry
Twenty-five-year-old Kelsey McKechnie has one of the most coveted jobs in Speyside: apprentice malt master at The Balvenie distillery. ‘I’ve always loved whisky. It’s such a beautiful, complex drink,’ she says. ‘And the aromas always make me think of fun times: Christmas, birthdays, family gatherings.’
Being a woman in the industry is not as unusual as you might think, she says. ‘There are quite a few female master blenders now. And whisky bars, cocktails and new styles of whisky are bringing in more types of people all the time.’ After a biology degree, McKechnie analysed whisky samples in the lab at William Grant (the company which owns The Balvenie). That led to working with malt master David Stewart MBE. McKechnie now noses and blends up to 40 samples a day. ‘We do use technology but our nose is still the strongest instrument we have.’
A delicate single malt from the Balvenie distillery at Dufftown on Speyside, this is first aged in oak and then in sherry wood - hence the Doublewood name. This imparts soft oloroso notes layered with honey and vanilla. Taste it and you'll pick up nuttiness, sherry and even a cinnamon flavour.
Alcohol by volume: 40%
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