Alan Winchester has been appointed as the new Master Distiller for The Glenlivet succeeding Jim Cryle who has now retired. As Master Distiller, Alan's role is to be the ultimate guarantor of The Glenlivet now and for the future. He describes his appointment as 'a huge honour - my main job will be to maintain the tradition started by George Smith. His tradition is one of the highest quality that the industry looks to as a reference point'. Alan will have a personal hand in selecting batches of whisky for limited extra maturation, carrying his signature on the cellar collection bottles.
Distilling is a way of life in North-east Scotland, but not everyone has the passion for the craft that Alan Winchester brings to his career. Throughout his profession, he has worked his way up the line. He mastered a succession of skills as mashman, brewer and stillman among other jobs until he reached his present position, Master Distiller of The Glenlivet, bringing his enthusiasm and commitment to every level. With his vast experience of distilling, Alan remains a highly regarded distiller among his peers.