Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Billy Leighton | Head Blender for Jameson Whiskey



With almost a decade of experience as Master Blender behind him, Billy’s precision can be traced back to his first role, as a trainee accountant at Irish Distillers’ Old Bush Mill Distillery. When given the opportunity to move into production, Billy went from calculating VAT to the Vatting House, where he prepared the whiskey for bottling.

“You don’t set out to become a whiskey blender from day one,” says Billy. "What helped was the experience I gathered with my whiskey production, but perhaps most specifically, from the blending point of view, the intimate knowledge of my stocks proved most valuable.”

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