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Sláinte To Six! Stephanie Macleod Wins ‘Master Blender of the Year’ For Record-Breaking Sixth Time

June 20, 2024

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 20, 2024 – Stephanie Macleod, Director of Blending, Scotch Whisky for Bacardi, has been named Master Blender of the Year by the International Whisky Competition (IWC) 2024 for a sensational sixth consecutive time.

Her success and the quality of the Bacardi range of premium Scotch whiskies was further underlined by AULTMORE® Oloroso Sherry Cask 25 Year Old, Travel Retail Exclusive winning IWC Whisky of the Year, while DEWAR’S® Double Double 37 Year Old was named Best Blended Scotch for the second year running.

Stephanie made history in 2019 as the first woman to win the prestigious Master Blender of the Year title and has continued her winning streak ever since. This incredible feat recognizes her world-leading expertise in the art of whisky-making as Master Blender for DEWAR’S Blended Scotch whisky and Malt Master for the family-owned company’s portfolio of Single Malts – ABERFELDY®, AULTMORE, CRAIGELLACHIE®, ROYAL BRACKLA® and THE DEVERON®.

To be recognized for the work you do is incredible. To be recognized for what you love to do is quite simply a dream come true. Awards like this are a tribute to all those involved in our whisky-making, and it’s thanks to our passionate, highly-skilled team that our exceptional whiskies are enjoyed by new and existing whisky drinkers around the world.”

Stephanie Macleod, Director of Blending, Scotch Whisky for Bacardi

Adding to the success, Bacardi was named Distiller of the Year and its brands were recognized with six wins in the Top 10 whiskies of 2024*.

We have bold ambitions and exciting plans for our premium and ultra-premium whiskies and judging by the acclaim our recent launches have received, it’s clear we are getting it right. Congratulations to Stephanie and her team – the work they’re doing leads to exceptional whiskies that appeal to new whisky drinkers and drives the entire category forward.”

Dave Ingram, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Bacardi

A multi-award winning and highly respected figure in the whisky industry, Stephanie joined Bacardi in Glasgow in 1998, and became Master Blender for DEWAR’S in 2006. Now, as the company’s Director of Blending, Scotch Whisky, she leads a team of Blenders and Assistant Blenders who learn from her wealth of knowledge and expertise every day.

About Bacardi Limited
Bacardi Limited, the world’s largest privately held international spirits company, produces, markets, and distributes spirits and wines. The Bacardi Limited portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, PATRÓN® tequila, GREY GOOSE® vodka, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Scotch whisky, D’USSÉ® Cognac, ANGEL’S ENVY® American straight whiskey, and ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur. Founded more than 162 years ago in Santiago de Cuba, family-owned Bacardi Limited currently employs approximately 9,000, operates production facilities in 11 countries and territories, and sells its brands in more than 160 markets. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. Visit or follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram or Twitter.


Bacardi BrandTotal:Ranking:
AULTMORE® 25 Year Old GTR – Oloroso Sherry Cask, Travel Retail Exclusive98.311
DEWAR’S® Double Double 37 Year Old96.373
DEWAR’S® Double Double 21 Year Old95.465
DEWAR’S® Double Double 32 Year Old95.366
DEWAR’S® Double Double 21 Year Old Magma Toast level 1 finished in French Oak Casks95.227
DEWAR’S® Double Double 26 Year Old94.9510
DEWAR’S® Double Double 21 Year Old Magma Toast level 1 finished in American Oak94.8611
DEWAR’S® Double Double 30 Year Old94.3414
ROYAL BRACKLA® 25 Year Old94.3016
DEWAR’S® Double Double 36 Year Old94.0118
CRAIGELLACHIE® 37 Year Old93.7620