In Dewar’s illustrious 170-year history, Stephanie is only the seventh person to hold the proud title of Dewar’s Master Blender—and, she is the first woman. Stephanie is distinctly qualified for her critical role at Dewar’s, with excellent credentials primarily in the sensory analyses of whisky and blending.
Stephanie began her career in whisky as a Sensory Analyst at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, working on a project which attempted to unlock the maturation secrets of Scotch whisky. She also studied rum, olive oil, wine and cheese, and has published a number of scientific papers on the results of her research.
In 1998, Stephanie moved to Dewar’s and within a short time was placed in charge of the Spirit Quality Laboratories at the Company’s head office in Glasgow. In 2003, Stephanie became Blender Designate, and began her official three year training with the then Master Blender, Tom Aitken.
Since 2006, when she assumed the role of Master Blender she has continued the Dewar’s blending legacy by maintaining the award winning taste of Dewar’s and other brands in the Scotch whisky portfolio. The portfolio has been expanded to include amongst others the award winning blends Dewar’s 15 and Dewar’s Legacy and Dewar’s Ne Plus Ultra 30 year old, a range of single cask expressions of Aberfeldy, and more recently the long awaited release of the ‘Last Great Malts’.