Dr Rachel Barrie, legendary Scotch whisky master blender

Dr Rachel Barrie

With more than 30 years’ experience in the whisky industry, Dr Rachel Barrie was the first female Scotch whisky Master Blender inducted into Whisky Magazine’s illustrious ‘Hall of Fame’.

Also known as the ‘First Lady of Scotch’, Rachel studied chemistry before landing a job as research scientist at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute.

She then moved into production at The Glenmorangie Company, becoming Master Blender in 2003.

During that time Rachel also managed the stocks for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, before moving to Morrison Bowmore Distillers with Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch, and subsequently working with Laphroaig and Ardmore. 

Since 2017, Rachel has been Master Blender for Brown Forman’s Single Malt portfolio, comprising Glendronach, Benriach and Glenglassaugh – distilleries we previously explored on this podcast with global brand ambassador Stewart Buchanan in 2022.

I’m excited to share this fascinating interview with Rachel that I recorded when she was in Sydney recently.

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