Planet Whiskies :: Scottish Single Malt Whisky, Scotch, Distilleries, American Bourbon, Japanese, Irish

World-Wide Whisky News by Planet Whiskies | Buy your whisky online

To advertise on Planet Whiskies visit our contact us page

The Glenlivet Master Distiller | Alan Winchester | Planet Whiskies Questions and Answers

Planet Whiskies recently approached Alan Winchester, the Master Distiller of The Glenlivet and ask him if he would answer a few questions from Planet Whiskies regarding working at The Glenlivet, the industry as a whole and how he likes to drink his whisky? Read about his thoughts of the Scottish Whisky industry below.

Tomatin Master Distiller -  Graham Eunson

Planet Whiskies – Alan Hubner
Q&A with Alan Winchester, Master Distiller of The Glenlivet

How long have you worked at The Glenlivet Distillery?
I have been working at the The Glenlivet Distillery for more than 25 years – I started here in 1987, having begun my career in the industry in 1975.

What is your favourite part of the production of whisky? 
I enjoy the whole production process, from seeing the barley growing through to seeing the final product on a shelf in a bar, as well as the challenge of making a whisky that lives up to The Glenlivet name and continues its legacy.

How many people help you at the distillery?
The actual number of people directly involved in production at the distillery is 16, but it’s very much a team effort. The additional support from those in the laboratory doing the analysis, the engineers, as well as those in the warehouse, looking after barrel procurement or actively bottling the product, is vital to ensuring the quality and consistency of the end product.

What is your favourite The Glenlivet malt and why?
A wee dram of The Glenlivet 18 Year Old with a splash of water. As for why, well why not?!

What is the best thing about working with The Glenlivet?
The fact that The Glenlivet is the original single malt Scotch whisky and is famous throughout the world is a source of great pride for me. It’s a privilege to be responsible for carrying on George Smith’s legacy and the fact that I happen to enjoy the work itself is an added bonus!

Which places in the world have you travelled to under The Glenlivet name?
Far off places like London.

With your malts do you normally have them straight, with water, or ice? And does this depend on the malt and where the malt is from?
The way I enjoy The Glenlivet varies according to where I am enjoying it, the weather and which of The Glenlivet expressions I choose.  I generally enjoy my whisky with a little water but with the very old whiskies – such as Vintage 1964 from The Winchester Collection – I may use the water more sparingly.

What do you see in store for the whisky industry in the years ahead?
I love this industry and I’ve been surprised and delighted over the years by how certain trends can develop. It’s a very exciting time for malt whisky at the moment as interest in this category continues to grow around the world, particularly in places like India, where The Glenlivet has seen phenomenal growth in recent years. The Glenlivet has contributed to the growth of the global single malt category more than any other brand in the last five years and I think we can expect to see malt whiskies continue to win more fans around the world in the years to come.

Finally, what would you like to do in the future within the whisky industry?
Oh my goodness! Well, it’s entirely possible that I could retire at some point in the future, but I do certainly hope to continue to be involved in the whisky industry in some way. Maybe I’ll write a book about my experiences and the history of the industry. Watch this space I guess…

Read about Planet Whiskies tour of The Glenlivet Distillery

Read about The Winchester Collection by The Glenlivet Distillery

See the range of malts from The Glenlivet

Read more about The Glenlivet Distillery

 

Share Planet Whiskies on social media

Planet Whiskies on Twitter
Planet Whiskies on Facebook
Planet Whiskies on Google Plus
Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Kininvie 23 Years Old Batch No. 3 Single Malt Scotch WhiskyKininvie 23 Years Old Batch No. 3 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The KININVIE DISTILLERY was born in July 1990 in Dufftown by Janet Sheed-Roberts, Granddaughter of William Grant, one of Speysides most important and historical distilling towns... Read more

Kininvie 23 Years Old Batch No. 3 for only £124.70
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Arran Malt Orkney Bere 2004 Vintage Single Malt Scotch WhiskyArran Malt Orkney Bere 2004 Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Nose: Malty and Herbal initially with hints of vanilla and freshly cut hay. A veritable hedgerow of aromas are at play whilst honey and sweet fruits emerge with a dash of water against a back-drop of rich, toasted oak. Clicks to read more

Arran Malt Orkney Bere 2004 Vintage for £89.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Subscribe to Planet Whiskies newsletter

* indicates required

Buy from Spirits By Post:: Excellent whisky selection available to buy online today:: Click for more details

Latest Whisky News

See all whisky press releases for 2017

Ballantine's Invites The World To Open What's Never Been Opened Before With Its New Single Malt Series: 25th September, 2017

Glenfiddich launches new limited edition expression finished in ice wine - Winter Storm: 21st September, 2017

Thank you Scotland: Glenfiddich launches first ever festival for Scottish on-trade:15th September, 2017

Scotch Whisky tourism more popular than ever - distillery visits and spend increasing: 9th September, 2017

New Speyside Distillery: Cabrach will celebrate Scotland’s illicit whisky history: 7th September, 2017

Latest Gin News

Ian Macleod Distillers Acquires Edinburgh Gin :: 13th September, 2016

Crafted Upon Four Pillars :: The definitive Modern Australian Gin Debuts in the U.S :: 13th July, 2016

VisitScotland Interactive Whisky Guide

Visit Scotland Interactive Whisky Map

Found out about 105 whisky distilleries in Scotland's five whisky regions in this very exciting interactive whisky guide :: More information

Selection of Scottish Malts Whisky available from Spirits By Post

Highland Park Freya - The Valhalla Collection 16 Year Old Single Malt WhiskyHighland Park Freya - The Valhalla Collection 16 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

Distillery:  Highland Park

Colour/Appearance: Fair gold.
Nose: Mild sweet smoke, green apple, sweet butter icing, coconut and cream, lemon peal. Palate: Vanilla cream, spiciness, marmalade, cinnamon spice, oaky spice, leafy green notes, bark and damp twigs. Finish: Gentle spice, warming.

Buy Now for £499.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Glenrothes 1971  The MacPhails Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)Glenrothes 1971 The MacPhails Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Distillery:  Glenrothes

Nose: Reminiscent of Christmas cake rich fruits with some fresh orange peel notes and a hint of chocolate.
Palate: Mouth warming, some peppery influences, fresh lemon zest and creamy. Finish: Long with fruity notes.
Clicks to read more

Buy Now for £635.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Arran Malt Orkney Bere 2004 Vintage Single Malt Scotch WhiskyArran Malt Orkney Bere 2004 Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery:  Arran

Nose: Malty and Herbal initially with hints of vanilla and freshly cut hay. A veritable hedgerow of aromas are at play whilst honey and sweet fruits emerge with a dash of water against a back-drop of rich, toasted oak. Clicks to read more

Buy Now for £89.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Highland Park Loki - The Valhalla Collection 15 Year Old Single Malt WhiskyHighland Park Loki - The Valhalla Collection 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

Distillery:  Highland Park

Colour/Appearance: Pale gold.
Nose: Spiced apple, oak cakes, dried bitter orange, buttery toffee, gingerbread.
Palate:Sweet smoke, apples, custard, woody, spices, cinnamon, ginger.
Finish: Constantly changing.

Buy Now for £499.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Highland Park Thor - The Valhalla Collection 16 Year Old Single Malt WhiskyHighland Park Thor - The Valhalla Collection 16 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

Distillery:  Highland Park

Colour/Appearance: Fair gold. Nose:Mild sweet smoke, green apple, sweet butter icing, coconut and cream, lemon peal. Palate:Vanilla cream, spiciness, marmalade, cinnamon spice, oaky spice, leafy green notes, bark and damp twigs. Finish: Gentle spice, warming.

Buy Now for £599.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

More details about Spirits By Post can be found on their website at www.spiritsbypost.com

Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Planet Whiskies on Twitter

Support us Google Plus