Alan Winchester was appointed as Master Distiller of The Glenlivet in 2009. He mastered a dazzling succession of skills as mashman, brewer and stillman in 20 distilleries until he reached his present position, applying his wisdom and passion at every level.
As Master Distiller, Alan is the ultimate custodian of The Glenlivet. It is his job to ensure the legacy that George Smith began all those years ago continues: that the whisky is always of supreme quality and that all new products reflect the spirit's character and depth. A tremendous responsibility, and one that he takes great pride in.
The exceptional character of The Glenlivet spirit is apparent even before the cask ageing process begins, a result of the unique lantern shaped pot stills they use at The Glenlivet.
The skilful selection of casks enhances the signature fruity flavours and with traditional oak casks being complemented by selective use of American first-fill casks to give a hint of creamy sweetness – creating a well-balanced and smooth malt.