Whisky

First female master blender at Johnnie Walker

First female: Emma Walker

Johnnie Walker has announced that Emma Walker will take over as master blender from Jim Beveridge, who retires at the end of the year after more than 40 years at Diageo, 20 of which he has spent in his current post.

Dr Walker will be one of a small, select group of people, and the first female, to take on the coveted role in more than two centuries of the business’s existence, the first being founder John Walker himself.

Aptly named, although no relation to the Walker family, Dr Walker joined Diageo 13 years ago and has gained extensive knowledge and experience of Scotch production and innovation to become a highly respected blender who has worked extensively on Johnnie Walker for the last six years.

Her innovations include the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare series and Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker.

As master blender, she will lead the 12-strong team of whisky makers, crafting and blending whisky from around Scotland to create the numerous variants which are sold in more than 180 countries.

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