Bacardi’s Stephanie Macleod wins Master Blender of the Year for sixth consecutive time

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 the 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.

Macleod 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,” said Stephanie Macleod. “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.”

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.