Gordon began his fascination with creating beverages; brewing cider and beer at his home in Currie, Scotland. After an initial foray into the world of computer science at Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt University he finally settled on a postgraduate in Malting, Brewing and Distilling at the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling.
After graduation he worked in breweries all over Scotland and England including Mount Murray, Tom Hoskin’s and Belhaven, before becoming Assistant Maltster with Glenesk Maltings in Montrose. Gordon joined Edrington in 1998 and over the years has worked on all the Edrington brands including The Macallan, The Famous Grouse and Glenturret.It was during this time that he became particularly interested in the complexities of whisky distillation and blending. He went on to become Edrington Master Blender before making the move to his current position as Master Whisky Maker at Highland Park.
His role is to follow our fine single malt Scotch whisky from new make spirit through maturation, blending and finally into bottle, ensuring quality throughout. When Gordon is not carefully watching over our core range, he is busy developing and crafting new whiskies for Highland Park, an essential aspect of his role.Gordon is no stranger to craftsmanship outside of the whisky realm either. Having designed and built his own house in only two years, he now has his sights set on creating a new bespoke sample room at the Highland Park Distillery on Orkney.
A true, skilled master with an eye for detail.