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Iain McAlister

Judges

Adam Burgin

Adam Ludwin

Adeem Younis

Aimee Bateman

Ajaz Ahmed

Alan Barratt

Alan Mahon

Alexandra Frean

Alison Edgar MBE

Alison Loveday

Alison Lowe MBE

Amanda Brooke

Andrew Marsh

Andrew Thornton

Angelica Malin

Angus Thirlwell

Anne Boden MBE

Anthony Woods

Artjom Jekimtsev

Atul Kochhar

Ben & Michael Dyer

Ben Reynolds

Ben Towers

Bill Morrow

Brigid Charmant

Bruce Walker

Carl Reader

Caroline Thompson

Cary Curtis

Cat Agostinho

Cath Kidston MBE

Celia Hodson

Ceylan Boyce

Charlene Hunter

Chieu Cao

Christine Chau

Claire Harper

Claudine Owens

Connie Nam

Dame Mary Perkins

Daniel Priestley

Dave Linton

David Smith

David Walley

Dennis Owusu-Sem

Dessislava Bell

Dominic McGregor

Donna O’Toole

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE

Emma MacRae

Emma Sheldon MBE

Evadney Campbell MBE

Felizitas Lichtenberg

Frans Diels

Gareth Jones

Gordon McAlpine

Guy Wilmot

Hannah & Sophie Pycroft

Hayley Parsons OBE

Helen Bierton

Helen Livingston

Helene Panzarino

Hermione Way

Hugh Chappell

Iain McAlister

Ian Merricks

Izzy Obeng

Jacqueline Gold CBE

Jamaal Brathwaite

James Caan CBE

James Davidson

James Henry

James Shapland

James Taylor

Jamie Martin

Jason Maude

Jason Mochine

Jess Butcher MBE

Jessica Williams

Jo Dalton

Jo Ham

Jo-Anne Chidley

Jodie Cook

Joel Blake OBE

John Courtney

John Stapleton

Johnny Paterson

Jon Allen

Jon Dawson

Jon Wright

Jonathan Thornton

Jordan Daykin

Josh Wintersgill

Julia Elliott Brown

Julian Metcalfe OBE

Julie Deane OBE

Juliet Barratt

June Angelides MBE

Justice Williams MBE

Justin Basini

Justin MacRae

Kanya King CBE

Kate Methuen-Ley

Katie McIntyre

Kieran Aitken

Kike Oniwinde

Levi Cooperman

Lucy Cohen

Maninder Chauhan

Mark McDonagh

Mark Tughan

Martin Newman

Martin SFP Bryant

Marvyn Harrison

Matt Smith

Mel Young MBE

Mich Turner MBE

Michael Jacobsen

Mike Davis

Mike Sotirakos

Naomi Timperley

Natasha Frangos

Neeta Patel CBE

Nick Coleman

Nicola Cook

Nohman Ahmed

Norma O’Kelly

Olivia Wollenberg

Paul Kraftman

Paul Lees

Penny Power OBE

Peter Docherty

Peter Jones

Peter Roberts

Priya Guha

Professor Jonathan H Deacon

Qasim Majid

Rachael Flanagan

Rajeeb Dey MBE

Raphael Sofoluke

Rebecca Reynolds

Rich Serunjogi

Robert Shaw

Roger Woodall

Rowena Bird

Ruari Fairbairns

Russell Dalgleish

Safaraz Ali

Sahar Hashemi OBE

Samantha Evans & Shauna Guinn

Sanjay Lobo

Sara Murray OBE

Sarah Willingham

Scott English

Sean Ramsden MBE

Sebastien Vanderlinden

Shalini Khemka

Shan Hanif

Sheryl Miller

Simon Biltcliffe

Simon Burton

Simon Calver

Simon Crowther

Simon Cureton

Sonya Barlow

Stephen Fear

Steven Smith

Stuart Clarke

Susie Ma

Tink Taylor

Tom Barton

Tony Robinson OBE

Tru Powell

Victoria Nash

Wendy Tarplee-Morris

Will King

Yvonne Bajela

Zoi Kantounatou

Iain McAlister, Distillery Manager and Master Distiller at Glen Scotia, is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the distillery. He works with the team to deliver the highest possible standards of quality control, keeping a close eye on our whisky as it matures quietly in our warehouse. His many years of experience in the industry have allowed him to develop a keen sense of what makes an excellent dram, so much of his time is spent sampling different years, cask types and finishes, to create the perfect Glen Scotia Single Malt Whisky.

Coming from the ‘whiskiest place in the world’, Iain says that whisky is in his veins. Born in Campbeltown in 1967, he spent time working as a fisherman before moving into engineering, but he always had an interest rooted in whisky.

He cemented this in 2008, when he joined Glen Scotia Distillery as Assistant Manager. It didn’t take long for Ian to make his mark, drawing on his engineering background and innovative spirit to enhance production at the distillery, as he quickly progressed into his current role as Distillery Manager, and Master Distiller a decade later.

His work and dedication have seen the distillery team, and Glen Scotia whisky, grow both in numbers and volume. From a team of just three, Glen Scotia Distillery now employs nine staff, each one preserving the craftsmanship, tradition and rich history of Glen Scotia, and Iain’s work has seen production increased from 80,000 litres to 520,000 litres per year.

A proud ambassador for the Glen Scotia Distillery and its whiskies, he leads tours and tastings for visitors from all over the world – helping to keep Glen Scotia, one of the last surviving distilleries from Campbeltown’s whisky heyday, on the map, safeguarding its legacy for future generations.