Cheers to that: Scots whisky maker setting down her glass after 45 years in trade

A SCOTS whisky maker is being celebrated as she prepares to set down her glass after 45 years within the trade.

Grasp Blender Maureen Robinson, one of many first girls within the trade to carry the title, is asking time on her profession with drinks firm Diageo, the place she has aimed to create alternatives for different girls to achieve the enterprise.

Throughout her time at Diageo, Maureen has labored on most of the firm’s main manufacturers together with The Singleton, Johnnie Walker, Buchanan’s and Outdated Parr.

Diageo say Maureen has been “instrumental” in growing firm tasks together with the Diageo Particular Releases, Casks of Distinction programme and the Prima & Ultima collection.

Maureen Robinson has labored within the Scotch whisky trade for practically half a century (C) Mike Wilkinson

Maureen has marked her retirement by passing on her mixing notes to Diageo Malts Archivist Jo McKerchar, in order that future generations of blenders can be taught from her work.

Diageo President for Provide Chain & Procurement, Ewan Andrew, praised Maureen as an inspirational determine within the drive for true inclusion and variety throughout the Diageo workforce.

He stated: “Because the Seventies Maureen Robinson has been blazing a path in our enterprise and the broader trade, breaking down obstacles for different girls to observe in her pioneering footsteps.

“Her unstinting dedication to high quality in her work, and her generosity in sharing her data with others, is an inspiration to us all.

“Everybody at Diageo is pleased with Maureen and all the things she has achieved in her exceptional profession, and we’ll all search to proceed the great legacy she has constructed for our manufacturers and our enterprise.”

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Additionally celebrating Maureen’s achievements, Rhona Ferrans, who leads Diageo’s mixing workforce, stated: “Maureen has been an exquisite colleague, mentor and buddy to everybody in our mixing workforce.

“In addition to being a fairly distinctive whisky blender, her dedication to nurturing different members of the workforce and creating the circumstances for others to succeed, is what has outlined her unbelievable 45-year profession.”

Jo McKerchar, Diageo Malt Model Archivist, stated: “The breadth and depth of Maureen’s contribution to our whisky manufacturers has been actually exceptional, and we’re honoured to take stewardship of her legacy.

“Our Archive is wealthy with notebooks and bottles created by the good grasp blenders of the previous 200 years, and Maureen’s contribution will likely be celebrated alongside the legends of the trade.”

Talking on her tributes, Maureen stated: “It has been a pleasure and privilege to work for Diageo within the Scotch whisky trade for therefore a few years, and to share my time with so many gifted individuals right here in Scotland and world wide.

“I’ll all the time cherish the superb alternatives and experiences to journey and meet those that Scotch whisky has allowed me and though I’m stepping again from the frontline, I’ll proceed to supply my help and encouragement to colleagues in any method I can sooner or later.”

After learning Pharmacy at Strathclyde College, Maureen started her profession with Diageo’s predecessor firm Distiller’s Firm Ltd in 1977 as a younger scientist on the Glenochil Analysis Station in Clackmannanshire.

It was right here that her distinctive sense of scent was found, marking her out as a possible whisky blender.

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She spent 9 years growing her nosing and tasting skill, even creating her personal language to explain what she was in a position to sense, when nosing whiskies.

She was made a Keeper of the Quaich in 2012 in recognition of her distinctive contribution to the trade, and was inducted into the Scotch Whisky Corridor of Fame in 2019.